What will it take for UAVs—and the associated ecosystem—to take off? Arguably, ubiquitous high-capacity links paired with hyper-reliable command and control all along. And indeed, meeting these aspirations may entail a full-blown mobile network support. While the understanding of UAV cellular communications has been advancing, many fundamental challenges remain to be addressed, with new applications demanding original solutions. In this talk, we blend academic and industrial views, navigating from 4G to 6G UAV use cases, requirements, and enabling technologies.
As hordes of data-hungry devices challenge its current capabilities, Wi-Fi strikes again with 802.11be, alias Wi-Fi 7. This brand-new amendment promises a (r)evolution of unlicensed wireless connectivity as we know it, unlocking access to gigabit, reliable and low-latency communications, and reinventing manufacturing and social interaction through digital augmentation. More than that, time-sensitive networking protocols are being put forth with the overarching goal of making wireless the new wired. With its standardization process being consolidated, we provide an updated digest of 802.11be essential features, place the spotlight on some of the must-haves for critical and delay-sensitive applications, and illustrate their benefits through standard-compliant simulations.
New article “What Will the Future of UAV Cellular Communications Be? A Flight from 5G to 6G”, in IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, coauthored with:
- Dr. Adrian Garcia-Rodriguez, Ericsson R&D, France
- Dr. Mahdi Azari, University of Luxembourg
- Prof. Angel Lozano, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
- Dr. Marco Mezzavilla, New York University, USA
- Prof. Symeon Chatzinotas, University of Luxembourg
- Yun Chen, North Carolina State University, USA
- Prof. Sundeep Rangan, New York University, USA
- Prof. Marco Di Renzo, Université Paris-Saclay, France
New book on “UAV Communications for 5G and Beyond” by Wiley – IEEE Press (Dec. 2020), coedited with:
- Prof. Yong Zeng, Southeast University, China
- Prof. Ismail Guvenc, North Carolina State University, USA
- Prof. Rui Zhang, National University of Singapore
- Prof. David W. Matolak, University of South Carolina, USA