The Internet-of-Drones: Integrating Drones into the Internet-of-Things and the Cloud

Speaker:  Anis Koubaa – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Topic(s):  Information Systems, Search, Information Retrieval, Database Systems, Data Mining, Data Science


Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) - also known as Drones, are becoming increasingly popular. Although these have been around for already a few years, applications’ developers and researchers are realizing more recently the potential of these flying robots in civil applications such as remote sensing, smart cities, surveillance, disaster management and recovery, patrolling, aerial survey, border security etc. to name a few. Although these low cost UAVs can be utilized in many beneficial ways, the strictly limited processing capabilities as well as their low on-board storage raise several challenges. In fact, low-cost and battery-powered UAVs are unable to cope efficiently with the requirements of computation-demanding applications (e.g., on-board image processing) encompassing real-time data and reliability constraints. Furthermore, with the limitation of the communication range of wireless-based drones, even when using telemetry systems (with range up to 5 Km), it is not possible to manage drones’ mission in large environments such as at the scale of a city, or a country. As part of cloud robotics initiatives, there is an increasing trend of integrating drones to leverage the use of cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT). 
In this presentation, I will provide an overview of the emerging field of cloud robotics, with a particular focus on the integration of drones over the Internet. I will present the concept of Internet-of-Drones, and discuss the current state-of-art, and the main challenges towards its realization, and its applications. I will also present the different solutions that we have developed to integrate drones into the IoT and the cloud, namely the Dronemap Planner, which is cloud-based management system that allows the control and monitoring of drones/robots through the Internet. I will also present the different applications developed based on this system and discuss their performance issues. 

About this Lecture

Number of Slides:  50
Duration:  60 minutes
Languages Available:  English
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