IUAV 2020

Wireless Sensor, Robot and UAV Networks

The 2nd Workshop on Internet of Autonomous Unmanned Vehicles (IAUV 2020) is organized in conjunction with IEEE SECON 2020 – IEEE International Conference on Sensing, Communication and Networking.

The  workshop will be held in Como, Italy on June 22, 2020.

Keynote Speech:
Robotics Meet Wireless Communications: Opportunities and Challenges

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Yasamin Mostofi will deliver the keynote speech this year.

Abstract: Recent years have seen a great progress in the area of robotics. Communication signals are also ubiquitous these days. In this talk, I will explore the opportunities and challenges at this intersection, for sensing and communication. In the first part of the talk, I will focus on robotic sensing, and ask the following question “Can everyday communication signals, such as WiFi signals, give new sensing capabilities to unmanned vehicles?” For instance, imagine two unmanned vehicles arriving behind thick concrete walls. Can they image every square inch of the invisible area through the walls with only WiFi signals? I will show that this is indeed possible, and discuss how our methodology for the co-optimization of path planning and communication has enabled the first demonstration of 3D imaging through walls with only drones and WiFi. I will also discuss other new RF sensing capabilities that have emerged from our approach, such as the first demonstration of through-wall crowd counting and occupancy analytics with only WiFi signals, without relying on people to carry a device, or the first demonstration of person identification through walls with only WiFi signals.
In the second part of the talk, I will focus on communication-aware robotics, a term we coined to refer to robotic systems that explicitly take communication issues into account in their decision making. This is an emerging area of research that not only allows a team of unmanned vehicles to attain the desired connectivity during their operation, but can also extend the connectivity of the existing communication systems through the use of mobility. I will then discuss our latest results along this line. I will show how each robot can realistically model the impact of channel uncertainty for the purpose of path planning. I will then show how the unmanned vehicles can properly co-optimize their communication, sensing and navigation objectives under resource constraints. This co-optimized approach can result in a significant performance improvement and resource saving, as we shall see. I will also discuss the role of human collaboration in these networks.

Important announcement regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19

IEEE has been monitoring the developing Coronavirus, COVID-19. The safety and well-being of all conference participants is our priority. After studying and evaluating the announcements, guidance, and news released by relevant national departments, the Organizing Committee of IEEE SECON 2020, in concert with the Steering Committee and IEEE, has decided that the conference will run as a virtual conference (i.e., using remote audio/video support) and not as an in-person event. Authors will be required to present their paper remotely, according to IEEE policies and procedures about publication(s). Attendees will still be able to enjoy the presentations and interact with the authors remotely.

We will communicate the details of the specific audio/video tools we will be using, as well as, the scheduling and format of paper presentations and other conference events.

A registration will still be required for all authors and conference attendees; we are currently re-defining this aspect. For this reason, the registration deadline originally communicated to authors of accepted papers is postponed to a later date. However, the deadline for the camera-ready version remains the same.

We will soon post further updates about the reconfiguration of other aspects of the conference.