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A Comprehensive Overview on 5G-and-Beyond Networks with UAVs: From Communications to Sensing and Intelligence
Wu, Qingqing1; Xu, Jie2; Zeng, Yong3; Ng, Derrick Wing Kwan4; Al-Dhahir, Naofal5; Schober, Robert6; Swindlehurst, A. Lee7
2021-10-01
Source PublicationIEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
ISSN0733-8716
Volume39Issue:10Pages:2912-2945
Abstract

Due to the advancements in cellular technologies and the dense deployment of cellular infrastructure, integrating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into the fifth-generation (5G) and beyond cellular networks is a promising solution to achieve safe UAV operation as well as enabling diversified applications with mission-specific payload data delivery. In particular, 5G networks need to support three typical usage scenarios, namely, enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), ultra-reliable low-latency communications (URLLC), and massive machine-type communications (mMTC). On the one hand, UAVs can be leveraged as cost-effective aerial platforms to provide ground users with enhanced communication services by exploiting their high cruising altitude and controllable maneuverability in three-dimensional (3D) space. On the other hand, providing such communication services simultaneously for both UAV and ground users poses new challenges due to the need for ubiquitous 3D signal coverage as well as the strong air-ground network interference. Besides the requirement of high-performance wireless communications, the ability to support effective and efficient sensing as well as network intelligence is also essential for 5G-and-beyond 3D heterogeneous wireless networks with coexisting aerial and ground users. In this paper, we provide a comprehensive overview of the latest research efforts on integrating UAVs into cellular networks, with an emphasis on how to exploit advanced techniques (e.g., intelligent reflecting surface, short packet transmission, energy harvesting, joint communication and radar sensing, and edge intelligence) to meet the diversified service requirements of next-generation wireless systems. Moreover, we highlight important directions for further investigation in future work.

Keyword5g-and-beyond 3d Cellular Networks Aerial-terrestrial Integration Communication Network Intelligence Sensing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (Uav)
DOI10.1109/JSAC.2021.3088681
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Indexed BySCIE
Language英語English
WOS Research AreaEngineering ; Telecommunications
WOS SubjectEngineering, Electrical & Electronic ; Telecommunications
WOS IDWOS:000696078500005
Scopus ID2-s2.0-85111207161
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionTHE STATE KEY LABORATORY OF INTERNET OF THINGS FOR SMART CITY (UNIVERSITY OF MACAU)
Affiliation1.State Key Laboratory of Internet of Things for Smart City, University of Macau, Taipa, Macao
2.Future Network of Intelligence Institute (FNii), The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen), Shenzhen, China
3.National Mobile Communications Research Laboratory, Southeast University, Nanjing, China
4.School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
5.Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, United States
6.Institute for Digital Communications, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nurnberg, Erlangen, Germany
7.Center for Pervasive Communications and Computing, University of California at Irvine, Irvine, United States
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Wu, Qingqing,Xu, Jie,Zeng, Yong,et al. A Comprehensive Overview on 5G-and-Beyond Networks with UAVs: From Communications to Sensing and Intelligence[J]. IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications,2021,39(10):2912-2945.
APA Wu, Qingqing,Xu, Jie,Zeng, Yong,Ng, Derrick Wing Kwan,Al-Dhahir, Naofal,Schober, Robert,&Swindlehurst, A. Lee.(2021).A Comprehensive Overview on 5G-and-Beyond Networks with UAVs: From Communications to Sensing and Intelligence.IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications,39(10),2912-2945.
MLA Wu, Qingqing,et al."A Comprehensive Overview on 5G-and-Beyond Networks with UAVs: From Communications to Sensing and Intelligence".IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications 39.10(2021):2912-2945.
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