Robotics and Internet of Things Lab

Unmanned Aerial Systems:
Theoretical Foundation and Applications

Call for Chapters


The increasing developments in Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) platforms and associated sensing technologies, adapted to these platforms, offer a broad range of solutions for different applications related to the acquisition of information about objects, structures or phenomenon at the Earth level, based on observations on the surface seas and oceans and in the atmosphere. The cost-effectiveness compared to manned vehicles makes them attractive. Additionally, the increasing technology in communication systems represents a challenge, where fleets of UASs can collaborate for specific applications. Collaboration is not only limited to UASs but also to different unmanned or manned ground or marine platforms. The huge amount of data, provided by UASs, represents a new challenge regarding developments of processing, storage and transmission techniques, where the confluence of multidisciplinary technologies is always welcome. Real and simulated approaches are to be considered. unmanned aerial vehicles (UASs) have been widely employed in different applications, both military and civilian. Especially, a fast-growing civil UAS market is predicted over the next decades. However, most currently developed UASs depend on simple control strategy. They require exact modeling of the UAVs0 dynamics and are vulnerable to external disturbance. Therefore, there is great need for advanced control strategies that are robust to modeling uncertainties and disturbances. The book is intended to provide a comprehensive coverage of unmanned aerial systems and their state-of-the-art related works, ranging from theory to real-world deployment.


The main reason of editing this book is the increasing demand for unmanned aerial systems and the exponential growth and evolution of UASs in the last couple of years. With the emergence of low-cost UAS, a vast array of research works in academia and products in the industrial sectors have evolved. However, there are still several challenges that need to be addressed for this technology to become mature. For example, the safe use of UAS is still an open challenge, which explains the general fear worldwide to publicly adopt this technology. Ensuring the safe operation of UAS involves many research challenges spanning over multiple disciplines including but not limited to the fundamental design, mission and path planning, control theory, computer vision, artificial intelligence, applications requirements, etc.

Topics of Interest

Any contribution that provides an added value to Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) is of interest for the book. The topics of interest include – but not limited to- the following:
  • UAS control systems
  • Network protocols and communication systems for UAS
  • Drones, Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning
  • Reinforcement Learning based control of UAVs
  • Semantic Segmentation of Aerial Images
  • Algorithms and intelligent solutions for UAS
  • Sensing solutions based on UAVs
  • UAV swarms
  • Game Theory for Drone Collaboration
  • Interaction between UAVs and IoT solutions
  • Integration of UAVs in Smart City solutions
  • UAVs collaboration
  • UAVs data handling
  • Simulations UAV-based
  • Obstacle and collision avoidance
  • Trajectory generation and path planning
  • Mission planning
  • Drone Security and Safety
  • The Internet of Drones
  • UAV Routing
  • Racing Drones
  • Drones for Disaster Response
  • Photogrammetry and 3D Surveying and Mapping


  • Editor:Anis Koubaa, Professor, PhD
  • Affiliation:Prince Sultan University (Saudi Arabia)/CISTER Research Center (Portugal)/Gaitech Robotics (China)
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  • Bio:Anis Koubaa is a Professor in Computer Science, Advisor to the Rector, and Leader of the Robotics and Internet of Things Research Lab, in Prince Sultan University. He is also R&D Consultant at Gaitech Robotics in China and Senior Researcher in CISTER/INESC TEC and ISEP-IPP, Porto, Portugal. He has been the Chair of the ACM Chapter in Saudi Arabia since 2014. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in UK. He received several distinctions and awards including the Rector Research Award in 2010 at Al-Imam Mohamed bin Saud University, and the Rector Teaching Award in 2016 at Prince Sultan University. He is the Editor in Chief of the Robotics Software Engineering topic of the International Journal of Advanced Robotics Systems, Associate Editor in the Cyber-Physical Journal (Taylor & Francis). He is also the authors of six books with Springer on robots, sensor networks and Robot Operating Systems (ROS). He has been also actively participating in program committees of several international conferences including, ACM/IEEE International Conference on C yber-Physical Systems, International Conference on Robotics Computing, European Conference on Wireless Sensor Networks, IEEE International Conference on Autonomous Robot Systems and Competitions, IEEE International Workshop on Factory Communication Systems. He is the author of more than 200 journal and conference publications, and one patent. He received several research grants as principal investigator, and he established research collaboration between Prince Sultan University and Gaitech Robotics for the development of robots and drones, and ROS.

  • Editor:Prof. Ahmad Taher Azar, Professor, PhD
  • Affiliation:Prince Sultan University (Saudi Arabia)/Faculty of Computers and Information, Benha University, Egypt
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  • Bio:Prof. Ahmad Azar has received the M.Sc. degree in 2006 and Ph.D degree in 2009 from Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt. In 2014, he got a post-docotral fellowship in USA. He is a Research Associate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, Prince Sultan University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He is also an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Computers and Information, Benha University, Egypt. Prof. Azar is the Editor in Chief of International Journal of System Dynamics Applications (IJSDA) published by IGI Global, USA. Also, he is the Editor in Chief of International Journal of Intelligent Engineering Informatics (IJIEI), Inderscience Publishers, Olney, UK. Prof. Azar has worked as associate editor of IEEE Trans. Neural Networks and Learning Systems from 2013 to 2017. He is currently Associate Editor of ISA Transactios, Elsevier and IEEE systems journal. Dr. Ahmad Azar has worked in the areas of Control Theory & Applications, Process Control, Chaos Control and Synchronization, Nonlinear control, Renewable Energy, Computational Intelligence and has authored/coauthored over 200 research publications in peer-reviewed reputed journals, book chapters and conference proceedings. He is an editor of many Books in the field of Fuzzy logic systems, modeling techniques, control systems, computational intelligence, Chaos modeling and Machine learning. Dr. Ahmad Azar is closely associated with several international journals as a reviewer. He serves as international programme committee member in many international and peer-reviewed conferences. Dr. Ahmad Azar is a senior Member of IEEE since Dec. 2013 due to his significant contributions to the profession. Dr. Ahmad Azar is the recipient of several awards including: Benha University Prize for Scientific Excellence (2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018), The paper citation Award from Benha University (2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018). In June 2018, Prof. Azar has been awarded the Egyptian State Prize in Engineering Sciences, the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology of Egypt, 2017. In July 2018 he has been selected as a member of Energy and Electricity Research council, Academy of Scientific Research, Ministry of Higher Education. In Aug. 2018 he has been selected as senior Member of International Rough Set Society (IRSS). Prof. Ahmad Azar is the Chair of IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) Egypt Chapter, Vice chair of IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Interdisciplinary Emergent Technologies Task Force, vice-Chair Research Activities of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Egypt Chapter, Committee member of IEEE CIS Task Force on Fuzzy Logic in Medical Sciences Also, he is the Vice-president (North) of System dynamics Africa Regional Chapter and an Academic Member of Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society Technical Committee on Computational Collective Intelligence.

Publisher and Indexing

This book is expected to be published by Elsevier by Oct. 2020. It will appear under the Advances in Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos series. For additional information and guidelines regarding the publisher, please visit

Regarding Indexing, the book will be indexed by Scopus and will be submitted for indexing to ISI Books, and DBLP.

Benefit to Audience

This book will attract many researchers working in the area of Unmanned Aerial Systems. This book presents some of the latest innovative approaches to drones from a point of view of dynamic modeling, system analysis, optimization, control, communications, 3D-mapping, search and rescue, surveillance, farmland and construction monitoring, etc.. Given the diversity of UAS, the development of systematic tools and methods for the analysis, control and optimization of such systems is a challenging task that encompasses a broad set of problems requiring an integrated set of skills across various disciplines. In this book, we aim at providing a unique reference of the state-of-the-art research and development of unmanned aerial systems to be an essential resource from researchers, instructors and practitioners. To make this book unique among its competitors, we will require that every chapter is complemented by a slide presentation, in addition to a short video content that presents an overview about the chapter and its contributions. Thus, the purpose of this book is to provide the community with a unique, recent, and comprehensive reference on unmanned aerial systems with the focus on cutting edge technologies and the recent research trends in the area

Due Dates

  • Chapter Abstract: October 25, 2019
  • Full Chapters Due: October 30, 2019
  • Chapter Acceptance Notification: December 30, 2019
  • Revised Version Due Date: March 20, 2020
  • Revised Chapter Acceptance Notification: April 30, 2020
  • Estimated Publication Date: Oct. 2020

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit a 1-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of the proposed chapter. This helps as a registration of the chapter for the final submission. Submission of abstracts must be done through EasyChair system Authors of accepted proposals will be notified about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters must be submitted by October 30, 2019 through EasyChair system. The Chapter should not exceed 50 pages with respect to Springer format. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a single-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.