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CNI Publication on efficient UAV-delivery system concept within the COVID-19 pandemic accepted at IEEE SYSCON 2021

Solutions and concepts to alleviate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic are also included the scope of on-going research at CNI. We are happy to announce that an article proposed by a team of our researchers (Manuel Patchou, Benjamin Sliwa, and Christian Wietfeld) was accepted at the IEEE International Systems Conference (SYSCON) 2021. A pre-print version is now available online on arXiv. The SYSCON 2021 which shall take place in Vancouver this year is currently planned as a virtual event. The contribution CNI submitted is a concept for a drone-based delivery system operating in an environment featuring constraints induced by the current COVID-19 pandemic, such as social distancing and prioritization of medical supplies.

The proposed system-of-systems consists of various complex aspects such as assigning and distributing delivery jobs, establishing and maintaining reliable communication links between the vehicles of the delivery fleet, as well as path planning and mobility control. A system-level perspective is applied for identifying key challenges and promising solution approaches for modeling, analysis, and optimization of UAV-aided parcel delivery.The proposed system-of-systems consists of various complex aspects such as assigning and distributing delivery jobs, establishing and maintaining reliable communication links between the vehicles of the delivery fleet, as well as path planning and mobility control. A system-level perspective is applied for identifying key challenges and promising solution approaches for modeling, analysis, and optimization of UAV-aided parcel delivery.

A case study focusing on the prioritization of time-critical deliveries is presented to demonstrate the benefits of hybrid vehicular delivery. The result of which can be seen in the plot  below, which reveals the average measured waiting time for a delivery while using increasing the drone usage in the delivery fleet. 

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Another case study compares the usage of centralized and decentralized communication approaches for data transmission inside hybrid delivery fleets.

The paper can be found at:

M. Patchou, B. Sliwa, C. Wietfeld, "Flying Robots for Safe and Efficient Parcel Delivery Within the COVID-19 Pandemic", In 2021 IEEE 15th International Systems Conference, Vancouver, Canada, April 2021.