Monday 11 Jan 2016: Modelling and Performance Analysis of UAV Swarm from the Communication Perspective
Chumbo Luo -
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have attracted great interest recently. In light of the limited capacity of a single UAV, we have been working on UAV swarms. When multiple UAVs are deployed simultaneously, however, it is usually difficult to jointly optimize the algorithms involving the following two aspects: finding optimal paths and maintaining reliable network connectivity. This is due to the fact that both these objectives require the manipulation of sensors’ physical locations. We introduce a new relay-assisted communication model to decouple these two aspects so that each one can be optimized independently. However, using additional relay nodes is at the expense of an increased number of transmissions and reduced spectrum efficiency. Theoretical results based on mutual information and average data rate of the model reveal that such drawbacks can be compensated, which will be discussed in this talk.