AirSens

Title: High-Accuracy Indoor Tracking and Augmented Sensing using Swarms of UAVs

Call: H2020-MSCA-IF-2017

Duration: 24 months

Start Date: August, 2018

Supervisors: Prof. Davide Dardari, Prof. Petar M. Djuric https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/215175/factsheet/it

Context and Objectives

In the future, the low-aerial space will be crowded by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as the tendency is to make them increasingly smaller, smarter, and cheaper. Such peculiarities can open an unimaginable set of new applications thanks to the high flexibility and reconfigurability of UAVs. Nonetheless, the idea of having swarms of UAVs in future cities might be accepted with difficulty by the citizens because of their potential malicious use.

The overall goal of AirSens is to develop advanced radio signal processing techniques to be applied for high-accuracy tracking and sensing operations performed by UAVs, acting as distributed wireless sensor networks in mixed indoor/outdoor environments.

In this context, the main scientific objectives of the project are:

  • Obj. 1 Tracking: Analysis of the tracking performance using UAV-swarms;

  • Obj. 2 Mapping: Assessment of the mapping performance of UAV-swarms;

  • Obj. 3 Control: Control design and development of machine learning algorithms for UAV guidance.

By pursuing these objectives, AirSens deals with topics related to some of the societal challenges outlined by Horizon 2020, as for example:

  • Safety & Security: The swarm can be helpful for user guidance in unknown and dangerous environments. For example, in scarce visibility conditions, the swarm can guide firemen in navigating buildings, or in rescuing human beings;

  • Secure societies: The UAV swarm can be intended as “UAVs patrolling UAVs” and, thus, it can be useful for detecting and tracking malicious UAVs, especially in areas with potential safety issues.

Latest News

  • Special Issue on "Latest Advances in UAV Networks: Sensing, Communication, and Control" (Guest Editors: A. Guerra, F. Guidi, D. Dardari, P. M. Djuric) on Sensors (MDPI)

  • Special Issue on "Artificial Intelligence for Wireless Communications in Networks of Autonomous Agents" (Guest Editors: A. Guerra, F. Guidi, D. Dardari, B. Masini) on Sensors (MDPI)

  • 15/07/2020: "Communication for Intelligence Distribution in Networks of UAVs" has been submitted for review to "Communication Magazine".

  • 10/06/2020: "Dynamic Radar Network of UAVs: A Joint Navigation and Tracking Approach" (A. Guerra, D. Dardari, P. M. Djuric) appears in IEEE Access - Early Access.

  • 27/05/2020: Expert reviewer of European project, "EDGE COFUND Fellowship Programme".

  • 30/04/2020: Submission of a project proposal (AirSens follow-up) in collaboration between University of Bologna and MBDA, Italy.

  • 22/03/2020: "Crowd-Based Cognitive Perception of the Physical World: Towards the Internet of Senses" (Gianni Pasolini et al.) has been submitted to Sensors, major revision (03/04/2020), accepted (23/04/2020)

  • 06/03/2020: 6G Summit 2020.

  • 03/03/2020: "Dynamic Radar Networks of UAVs: A Tutorial Overview and Tracking Performance Comparison With Terrestrial Radar Networks" (A. Guerra, D. Dardari, P. M. Djuric) accepted for publication to IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine, Special Issue on Communications Support for Unmanned Air Transportation;

  • 03/03/2020: "Reinforcement Learning for UAV Autonomous Navigation, Mapping and Target Detection" (A. Guerra, F. Guidi, D. Dardari, P. Djuric) has been accepted for publication in 2020 IEEE/ION Position, Location and Navigation Symposium (PLANS) Proceedings.

  • 02/06/2020: "Dynamic Radar Network of UAVs: A Joint Navigation and Tracking Approach" (A. Guerra, D. Dardari, P. M. Djuric) has been accepted for publication in IEEE Access.

  • 03/02/2020: "Reinforcement Learning for UAV Autonomous Navigation, Mapping and Target Detection" (A. Guerra, F. Guidi, D. Dardari, P. Djuric) has been submitted to 2020 IEEE/ION Position, Location and Navigation Symposium (PLANS).

  • 31/01/2020: "An Ultra-low Power Ultra-wide Bandwidth Positioning System" (D. Dardari, et al.) has been submitted for review to IEEE Journal of Radio Frequency Identification, accepted (02/04/2020)

  • 25/01/2020: "Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces for Spherical Waveform Localization" (A. Elzanaty, A. Guerra, F. Guidi, S. Alouini) has been accepted for presentation at the 6G Summit 2020.

  • 23/01/2020: Invitation of joining an international collaboration on using drones for effective disaster management under an NSF project (proposal by Abolfazl Razi, Northern Arizona University)

  • 17/01/2020: "Reconfigurable and Focused Surfaces and Channel Characterization at mmWave" (R. D’Errico, A. Clemente, F. Foglia Manzillo, M. Smierzchalski, A. Mudonhi, A. Guerra, F. Guidi) has been submitted as a TD-COST document.

  • 15/01/2020: "Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces for Spherical Waveform Localization" (A. Elzanaty, A. Guerra, F. Guidi, S. Alouini) has been submitted for 6G Summit 2020.

  • 07/01/2020: "Dynamic Radar Network of UAVs: A Joint Navigation and Tracking Approach" (A. Guerra, D. Dardari, P. M. Djuric) submitted for review to IEEE Access.

  • 13/12/2019: Invited talk "High-accuracy tracking & sensing using swarms of UAVs " at UCL, London;

  • 10-11/12/2019: Panelist at the "MSCA Artificial Intelligence Cluster" at REA offices (European Commission building) in Brussel;

  • 10/10/2019: "Automatic Mapping of the Indoor World with Personal Radars" (A. Guerra, F. Guidi, G. Pasolini, A. Clemente, R. D'Errico) submitted for review to IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine;

  • 20/09/2019: "Dynamic radar network of UAVs" (A. Guerra, D. Dardari, P. M. Djuric) submitted for review to IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine, Special Issue on Communications Support for Unmanned Air Transportation;

  • Attendance of 27th European Signal Process. Conf. (EUSIPCO), La Coruna, Spain. September 2-6, 2019. Presentation of the paper: "Non-Centralized navigation for source localization by cooperative UAVs" (A. Guerra, D. Dardari, P. M. Djuric);

  • Attendance of a monitoring "AirSens" project meeting event on June 17-18, at REA premises in Brussels;

  • Attendance of breakfast event on “Research and Innovation at the Heart of Future European Union Policy” held by Jean-Eric Paquet (General Director for Research and Innovation, European Commission) at the Flanders House in NYC;

  • May 2019: "Non-Centralized navigation for source localization by cooperative UAVs" (A. Guerra, D. Dardari, P. M. Djuric) submitted to IEEE 27th European Signal Process. Conference.

  • Attendance of the launch of the Stony Brook New Institute for AI-Driven Discovery and Innovation at Bloomberg L.P, May 2019;

  • Attendance of “Battery-less radio identification and positioning in IoT networks,” seminar held by Davide Dardari (University of Bologna) at SBU, May, 10th, 2019;

  • Attendance of “Determining Causality”, seminar at SBU held by Prof. Brian D. O. Anderson (Australian National University), May, 1st, 2019;

  • Attendance of “Optimal Path Planning and Sensor Placement for Mobile Target Detection”, seminar at SBU held by Prof. Brian D. O. Anderson (Australian National University), April, 29th, 2019;

  • Attendance of “Research Challenges and Solutions for IOTT/CPS”, seminar at SBU held by John A. Stankovic (University of Virginia), April, 26th, 2019;

  • Attendance of “Interpretable machine learning approaches for understanding functional genomics in the human brain” seminar, held by Prof. Daifeng Wang (Stony Brook University) at SBU, March, 8th, 2019;

  • Attendance of “Reconfigurable Distributed MIMO for Physical-layer Security in Mobile Networks” seminar, held by Prof. Zygmunt J. Haas (Cornell University) at SBU, Feb. 28th, 2018;

  • Attendance of 2018 Asilomar Conf. Signals, Sys, Comput. (ASILOMAR), Pacific Grove, California, USA. October 28-31, 2018. Presentation of the paper: "Joint indoor localization and navigation of UAVs for network formation control" (A. Guerra, D. Dardari, P. M. Djuric);

  • November 2018: "Joint indoor localization and navigation of UAVs for network formation control" (A. Guerra, D. Dardari, P. M. Djuric) submitted to IEEE 2018 Asilomar Conference;

  • Attendance of “Signal Processing in the Extreme” seminar, held by Prof. Douglas E. Johnston (Farmingdale State College) at SBU, Sept. 14th, 2018;

  • Attendance of “Information Theoretic Paths Forward in the Wireless Physical Layer” seminar, held by Prof. H. Vincent Poor (Princeton University) at SBU, Aug., 24th 2018;

  • Attendance of 2018 IEEE Int. Workshop on Signal Process. Adv. Wireless Commun. (SPAWC), Kalamata, Greece. June 25, 28 2018. Presentation of the paper: "Collaborative Target-Tracking and Information-based Control in Networks of UAVs" (A. Guerra, N. Sparnacci, D. Dardari, P. M. Djuric).

MSCA_AI_Cluster_AnnaGuerra.pdf
EUSIPCO.pdf
rfid-ta-award.pdf
AICLUSTER_BRU.pdf
ASILOMAR.pdf
SPAWC_Poster.pdf
UCL_SEMINAR.pdf
ASILOMAR.pdf
SPAWC_Poster.pdf
UCL_SEMINAR.pdf