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IEEE International Symposium on a World of Wireless, Mobile and Multimedia Networks (IEEE WOWMOM 2021)
June 7-11, 2021 | Pisa, Italy VIRTUAL

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IEEE SwarmNet 2021

3rd IEEE WoWMoM Workshop on Wireless Networking, Planning, and Computing for UAV Swarms

SwarmNet 2021 will be fully virtual and held jointly with NTN-6G!

It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the Joint Workshop on Non-Terrestrial Networks in 6G Wireless (NTN-6G) and Wireless Networking, Planning, and Computing for UAV Swarms (SwarmNet), which is organized this year in conjunction with WoWMoM 2021.

Non-Terrestrial Network (NTN) technologies address the increasing demand for new unmanned and autonomous applications of next-to-come sixth-generation (6G) networks by offering wide-area coverage and ensuring service availability, continuity, and scalability. Spaceborne (i.e., GEO, MEO, and LEO satellites) or airborne (i.e., Unmanned Aircraft Systems or UASs and High Altitude Platforms or HAPs) vehicles constituting the NTN may act either as a relay node or as a base station and can be leveraged to complement the terrestrial networks. Compared to terrestrial wireless networks, NTNs have many distinctive features, such as specific channel models, highly dynamic network topologies, and weakly connected communication links. As a consequence, solutions tailored to terrestrial networks cannot be directly applied to NTNs. Hence, new techniques suitable for NTNs need to be developed.

In parallel, networked swarms of UASs promise breakthroughs in public safety, commercial, and military applications including search-and-rescue, disaster response, infrastructure inspection, environmental monitoring, virtual/augmented reality, and ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance). However, a myriad of fundamental technical challenges at the intersection of NTNs, mobile computing, sensing, robotics and/or planning must be solved before UAS swarms can be safely, effectively, and widely deployed.

Members of the Joint Workshop’s Technical Program Committee identified 6 high quality papers for presentation in the workshop. Additionally, the program will include two exciting keynote talks and a panel.

We wish to thank all the authors for submitting papers to the joint workshop. We would also like to extend a special thank you to the Technical Program Committee members for their invaluable work and responsiveness under tight deadlines. Finally, we would like to thank the IEEE WoWMoM 2021 Workshop Co-Chairs Ana Aguiar and Andreas J. Kassler for giving us the opportunity to organize the joint workshop.

We sincerely hope that you enjoy the program.


Recent advances in embedded computing, wireless communication, flight controllers, and miniaturized sensing have enabled the growth of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Networked swarms of such UAVs promise breakthroughs in public safety, commercial, and military applications including search-and-rescue, disaster response, infrastructure inspection, environmental monitoring, virtual/augmented reality, and ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance).

The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers working at the intersection of wireless networking, mobile computing, sensing, robotics, and/or planning to address a myriad of fundamental technical challenges that must be solved before UAV swarms (and, more broadly, multi-UAV systems) can be safely, effectively, and widely deployed. Since many of these challenges will not be able to be addressed without the help of UAV swarm simulation platforms, experimental testbeds/prototypes, and experimental evaluations, papers on these topics are especially encouraged.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Communication and networking protocols for UAV swarms
  • Resilient communication protocols for multi-agent planning and control
  • Delay-tolerant networking for UAVs
  • Network topology control for performance optimization (connectivity, throughput, etc.)
  • Wireless localization for UAVs
  • Communication architectures and technologies for UAV air-traffic control
  • UAVs in 4G/5G cellular networks
  • UAV integration in the urban IoT
  • Aerial video streaming for virtual/augmented reality
  • Data offloading and mobile edge computing with UAVs
  • Spectrum management and interference management techniques for UAV networks
  • Air-to-air, air-to-ground, and ground-to-air channel modeling for UAVs
  • Cyber-security for UAVs
  • UAV swarm network simulation platforms
  • Onboard AI for UAV-enabled aerial intelligence
  • UAV swarm network testbeds, experimental evaluation, and prototyping


    Technical Program Committee (TBA)
  • Jonathan Ashdown, Air Force Research Laboratory, USA
  • Zhangyu Guan, University at Buffalo, USA
  • Farshad Ghanei, University at Buffalo, USA
  • Panos P. Markopoulos, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA
  • Georgios Sklivanitis, Florida Atlantic University, USA
  • Mohammad Mozaffari, Virginia Tech, USA
  • Abolfazl Razi, Northern Arizona University, USA
  • Ranga Rao Venkatesha Prasad, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  • Joseph Camp, Southern Methodist University, USA
  • Vuk Marojevic, Mississippi State University, USA

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: March 1, 2021 Extended: March 15, 2021 AoE
Author Notification: April 1, 2021
Camera-ready submission: April 19, 2021
Workshop date: June 7, 2021

Workshop Program

  • All times are Italy time (GMT+2)
  • 09:00 – 09:10 Opening remarks
  • 09:10 – 10:00 Keynote NTN-6G: On-demand aerial infrastructures: System modeling and experimentation - Sergey Andreev
  • 10:00 – 10:45 Accepted Papers NTN-6G
  • [1] Interoperable simulation tools for satellite networks – Presenter: TBA
  • [2] A system simulator for 5G non-terrestrial networks evaluations – Presenter: Jani Puttonen (Teaser Video)
  • [3] Performance analysis of a dual terahertz/Ka band communication system for satellite mega-constellations – Presenter: TBA
  • 10:45 - 11:00 Break
  • 11:00 - 11:50 Keynote SwarmNet: Multi-Robot Coordination when Communication is Unreliable - Michael W. Otte
  • 11:50 - 12:35 Accepted Papers SwarmNet
  • [1] Effect of antenna orientation on the air-to-air channel in arbitrary 3D space - Presenter: Neil C. Matson
  • [2] Tethered UAV with high gain antenna for BVLOS CNPC: A practical design for widespread use - Presenter: Andrew L. Yingst (Teaser Video)
  • [3] Multi-platform hardware in the loop (HIL) simulation for decentralized swarm communication using ROS and GAZEBO - Presenter: Saran Khaliq
  • 12:35 – 13:00 Panel

Contact Us

E-mail the organizers: nmastron {at} buffalo {dot} edu