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.
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 https://www.elsevier.com/
Regarding Indexing, the book will be indexed by Scopus and will be submitted for indexing to ISI Books, and DBLP.
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