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Title: Optimal positioning of communication relay unmanned aerial vehicles in urban environments
Authors: Ladosz, Pawel
Oh, Hyondong
Chen, Wen-Hua
Keywords: Buildings
Signal to noise ratio
Urban areas
Unmanned aerial vehicles
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © IEEE
Citation: LADOSZ, P., OH, H. and CHEN, W.-H., 2016. Optimal positioning of communication relay unmanned aerial vehicles in urban environments. International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS 2016), Arlington, VA USA, 7th-10th June 2016, pp. 1140-1147.
Abstract: This paper proposes a method of finding the optimal position of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) functioning as a communication relay node to improve the network connectivity and communication performance of a team of ground nodes/vehicles. A three-dimensional complex urban environment containing many buildings is considered where the line-of-sight between ground nodes is often blocked. The particle swarm optimisation is used to find the optimal UAV position using three different communication performance metrics depending on the requirement. Numerical simulations are performed to show the advantage of using relay UAVs and the specific metric in sample scenarios. An indoor proof-of-concept experiment is also performed to show the feasibility of the proposed approach in a real time.
Description: © 2016 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. Permission from IEEE must be obtained for all other uses, in any current or future media, including reprinting/republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works, for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted component of this work in other works.
Sponsor: This work was supported by the UK Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) under the Grant EP/J011525/1.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1109/ICUAS.2016.7502562
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/22719
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ICUAS.2016.7502562
ISBN: 9781467393331
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