Communication and Coordination for Drone Networks

  • Evşen YanmazEmail author
  • Markus Quaritsch
  • Saeed Yahyanejad
  • Bernhard Rinner
  • Hermann Hellwagner
  • Christian Bettstetter
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 184)


Small drones are being utilized in monitoring, delivery of goods, public safety, and disaster management among other civil applications. Due to their sizes, capabilities, payload limitations, and limited flight time, it is not far-fetched to expect multiple networked and coordinated drones incorporated into the air traffic. In this paper, we describe a high-level architecture for the design of a collaborative aerial system that consists of drones with on-board sensors and embedded processing, sensing, coordination, and communication&networking capabilities. We present a multi-drone system consisting of quadrotors and demonstrate its potential in a disaster assistance scenario. Furthermore, we illustrate the challenges in the design of drone networks and present potential solutions based on the lessons we have learned so far.


Drones Unmanned aerial vehicle networks Wireless sensor networks Vehicular communications Cooperative aerial imaging 



This work was funded by ERDF and KWF in the Lakeside Labs projects cDrones (grant 20214/17095/24772) and SINUS (grant 20214/24272/36084).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Evşen Yanmaz
    • 1
    Email author
  • Markus Quaritsch
    • 2
  • Saeed Yahyanejad
    • 3
  • Bernhard Rinner
    • 2
  • Hermann Hellwagner
    • 2
  • Christian Bettstetter
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Lakeside Labs GmbHKlagenfurtAustria
  2. 2.Institute of Networked and Embedded SystemsUniversity of KlagenfurtKlagenfurtAustria
  3. 3.Joanneum Research, RoboticsKlagenfurtAustria

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