UAV Communications, Control and Navigation

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are used in numerous industrial and commercial applications that include aerial photography, agricultural and environmental surveillance, parcel delivery. UAVs can be classified into three significant groups: fixed-wing UAVs, rotary-wing UAVs and hybrid-layout UAVs. Research in UAVs is mostly application oriented but there are a number of challenges that require the development of solutions in the domain of mechanics, communications, control, and data processing.

“My team has started conducting research in four UAV fundamental domains: dynamics modeling, inertial sensors and radio localization techniques, data fusion and control under dynamics constraints, radio communications”, prof. Tonello says. “Our background and expertise in radio systems, signal processing and communications finds a beautiful application domain”, prof. Tonello adds.

Selected Publications

B. Salamat, A.M. Tonello, “Stochastic Trajectory Generation Using Particle Swarm Optimization for Quadrotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs),” Aerospace 2017, 4(2), 27, 2017.

A. Papaiz, A. M. Tonello, “Azimuth and Elevation Dynamic Tracking of UAVs via 3-Axial ULA and Particle Filtering,” International Journal of Aerospace Engineering, vol. 2016, Article ID 7630950, 9 pages, 2016.

B. Salamat, A. M. Tonello, “Altitude and Attitude Tracking of a Quadrotor Helicopter UAV Using a Novel Evolutionary Feedback Controller,” to appear in IEEE International Conference on Smart Systems and Technologies 2017, Osijek, Oct. 18-20, 2017.

V. P. Bhuvana, A.M. Tonello, “Distributed Object Tracking Based on Information Weighted UAV Selection with Priory Objects,” to appear in EUSIPCO 2017, Kos Island, Greece, August 28-Sept. 2, 2017.

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