ComNets Lab

Special Issue on Next Generation Drone-IoT Integrated Networks

Aims and Scope

Drones are now being used not only in restricted military applications, but also in consumer product delivery, environmental monitoring, natural resources and disaster management. Hence, drones represent a key enabling technology and should be smart enough to offer multifold sustainable and viable benefits in emerging paradigms such as the smart-cities and the smart planet. This technology will be integrated with the Internet of Things (IoT) in order to communicate with next generation communication networks such as LTE-A, 5G and beyond. Accordingly, this special issue is dedicated to address major challenges in realizing the drone-based platforms in the IoT era. These challenges can vary from cost and energy to availability and service quality. We are soliciting works describing both theoretical and practical research endeavors related to design, analysis and implementation of practical sound solutions in the area of drones and IoT-enabled networks.


Potential topics but are not limited to the following:

● Enhanced cellular coverage using IoT-enabled drones.

● Secure data delivery system using IoT-drone networks.

● Routing algorithms for drone-cellular networks.

● Protocols for drone-IoT communication networks.

● Surveillances using drone-IoT networks.

● Deployment and positioning issues in Drone-based solutions.

Important dates

Manuscripts submission due: 15 April, 2019

1st Review Notification to authors due: 15 Aug, 2019

Revised Manuscript due: 15 Sept, 2019

2nd Review Notification to authors due: 15 Oct, 2019

Final notification due: 15 Dec, 2020

Lead Guest Editor​ 

Fadi Al-Turjman, PhD.

Professor, Antalya Bilim University, Antalya, Turkey

Guest Editors

Joel Rodrigues, Ph.D.

National Institute of Telecommunications (Inatel), Brazil;

Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal

Phone: +55 (35) 3471-9281

Zeeshan Kaleem, COMSATS University Islamabad, Pakistan


All papers must be submitted online. Submit your paper:

Notes for Prospective Authors See Guide for Authors