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Unmanned Aerial Systems Autonomous Control

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Intelligent Computing and Cybernetics

Submission Deadline: February 15, 2016

Guest Editors:        

Prof. Delin Luo
Xiamen University, Xiamen, PR China
Email: [email protected]

Prof. Feng Lin
National University of Singapore, Singapore
Email: [email protected]


Research on the autonomous control of unmanned aerial systems performing cooperative tasks dates back to the late 1980s, arising from the field of mobile robotics. Autonomous unmanned aerial systems should be able to accomplish various kinds of complicated missions. Cooperative unmanned aerial systems can share information among individual agents and work together cooperatively to accomplish a common, though perhaps not singular, objective consisting of multiple tasks. The applications of unmanned aerial systems cover a broad spectrum of domains including scientific explorations in space and underwater far beyond human reach, life rescue in dangerous and hazardous environments, and cooperative games like robot soccer. So far, various specific tasks related to the cooperative control of unmanned aerial systems are being widely investigated, such as foraging and coverage of a given area, multi-target observation, object pushing and transportation, exploration and flocking.

Over the last decade this research area has blossomed with many significant efforts devoted to research and development in cooperative unmanned aerial systems or heterogeneous systems. To date, the efforts in the study of cooperative controller design of unmanned aerial systems have been continuously increasing. However, there are still many issues remaining to be further explored, discovered, and understood. Therefore, we propose this special issue on “Unmanned Aerial Systems: Autonomous Control” which provides a platform to exhibit the state of art excellence made in this area.

Scope and objectives of the special issue

The aim of this special issue is to collect the latest developments and achievements in the control study of unmanned aerial systems, and to encourage readers to participate in this promising and challenging research area.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Cooperative control theories and technologies.
  • Modeling of unmanned aerial systems cooperation;
  • Cooperative strategy and optimization;
  • Cooperative path planning and re-planning;
  • Cooperative formation control;
  • Swarm control;
  • Bio-inspired cooperative behavior modeling and simulation;
  • Distributed consensus;
  • Fault-tolerance and robustness in unmanned aerial systems;
  • Artificial intelligence in cooperative control;
  • Heterogeneous teams (combining different vehicles or manned/unmanned systems, end-effectors, and sensors)

The papers should provide and include novel ideas and design methods. Papers including experimental implementation of techniques are especially welcome. All the papers must be uploaded via the online submission system at, selecting the appropriate special issue and will be subject to full double blind peer review. The Editors have secured a panel of reviewers to ensure a rapid yet rigorous review process.



  • Deadline for submissions (of original unpublished manuscripts): Feb 15, 2017
  • Revised papers to be submitted (following review):  April 17, 2017 
  • All final versions of papers received (may require second review stage): May 22, 2017
  • Scheduled publication:  Sept 2017