Open positions in new research project


1 PhD student will be hired for a TUBITAK 1001 project entitled “Deep Learning and Computer Vision Assisted Multi-UAV Search and Rescue System“. In addition to the TUBITAK scholarship, further financial aid will be provided following Ozyegin University guidelines. For more info, visit

PhD student will focus on cross-layer MAC and network protocol design for mission-oriented multi-UAV networks. Expertise in wireless networks and swarm intelligence is required. Experience using a network simulator is strongly encouraged.

To apply: prepare a single PDF file that contains a letter of interest that indicates which position you are applying for and outlines why you are suitable for it; current CV with list of publications; diplomas, transcripts, and contact details of two references. Please send your application file to

Paper accepted in IEEE Networking Letters

Paper entitled “Dynamic Relay Selection and Positioning for Cooperative UAV Networks” is accepted for publication in IEEE Networking Letters.

This letter analyzes resource reservation for networking purposes in drone teams deployed for search and rescue missions. Building on a well-known static relay positioning technique that minimizes the number of drones, we propose a positioning and trajectory planning algorithm for relay nodes to provide connectivity to drones that are on a search and rescue mission.

Paper accepted in Autonomous Robots

Our paper entitled “Multi-objective drone path planning for search and rescue with quality-of-service requirements” is accepted for publication in Autonomous Robots.

In this paper, we incorporate communication into the multi-UAV path planning problem for search and rescue missions to enable dynamic task allocation via information dissemination. The mission tasks are defined as: search, inform, and monitor at the best possible link quality. Proposed strategies utilize information as soon as it becomes available to determine UAV tasks and can be tuned to prioritize certain tasks in relation to others. We illustrate that more tasks can be performed in the given mission time by efficient incorporation of communication in the path design.

Paper accepted in IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing

Our paper entitled “Take the Field from your Smartphone: Leveraging UAVs for Event Filming” is accepted for publication in IEEE TMC.

This paper formulates an event coverage problem, namely, Sport Event Filming, with Connectivity Constraints, in which  a team of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) fly over a limited field in order to track the movements of an object (e.g., of the ball) and to deliver a video stream of the events (e.g., ball passes, goals) to the spectators meeting certain timeliness and video quality criteria. In addition to a mathematical model that determines the sequence of optimum movements for the UAVs, we also provide dynamic, artificial potential function based, distributed UAV movement schemes to optimize networking performance.

Paper accepted in Autonomous Robots

Our paper entitled “Live multicast video streaming from drones: an experimental study” is accepted for publication in Autonomous Robots.

In this paper, we present and evaluate a multicast framework for point-to-multipoint and multipoint-to-point-to-multipoint video streaming. We evaluate the proposed application-layer rate-adaptive multicast video streaming over an aerial ad-hoc network that uses IEEE 802.11 in terms of goodput, delay, and packet loss.

Panel in IEEE WCNC 2019 on Drone Networks

Mr. Emini (T-Mobile Austria), Dr. Jeroen Wigard (Nokia Bell Labs), Dr. Challita (Ericsson) and myelf were panelists in IEEE WCNC 2019. The panel entitled ” Drone Networking: Technical Challenges and Business Opportunities” was organized by Dr. Fakhreddine and Dr. Bettstetter. We had a fruitful discussion on many topics including technical challenges inherent to the use of cellular-connected UAVs, regulatory aspects and security challenges in UAV networking, 5G and UAV networking, and the expected status of UAV networking for the next 5/10 years. IMG-20190417-WA0002

Workshop on Unmanned Vehicles in IEEE SECON

We are organizing the 1st International Workshop on Internet of Autonomous Unmanned Vehicles (IAUV 2019) in conjunction with IEEE SECON 2019 – IEEE International Conference on Sensing, Communication and Networking.

The workshop will be held in Boston, MA, USA, on June 10th, 2019. The submission deadline is March 15, 2019. For details, please visit

Selected authors will be invited to submit an extended version of their works to the MDPI Special Issue on « UAV-Based Applications in the Internet of Things (IoT) ». The special issue submission deadline is on July 15th, 2019.

Paper accepted in ITSC

Our paper entitled “Guarded by Gamora: How Access Control Balances Out Waiting Times in Transport Systems” is accepted for publication in International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC).

The paper considers a transport system with passengers traveling between stations in periodically arriving cabins. We propose and evaluate an access control algorithm that dynamically limits the number of passengers who are allowed to board the incoming cabin based on the passenger arrival and departure rates in subsequent stations.

Chapter in “UAV Networks and Communications”

UAV Networks and Communications, Cambridge University Press edited by Kamesh Namuduri, University of North Texas, Serge Chaumette, titlecoverUniversité de Bordeaux, Jae H. Kim, Boeing Research and Technology, and James P.G. Sterbenz, University of Kansas is available for Pre-order.

This is the first book to focus on communications and networking aspects of UAVs. It covers the foundational concepts of the topic, as well as offering a detailed insight into the state of the art in UAVs and UAV networks, discussing the regulations, policies, and procedures for deployment (including analysis of risks and rewards), along with demonstrations, test-beds, and practical real-world applications in areas such as wildlife detection and emergency communications.

Samira Hayat and I have co-authored the chapter entitled “Aerial Wi-Fi Networks“, which  identifies the characteristics of aerial links and communication requirements for an aerial network. A special focus is given to IEEE 802.11 (Wi-Fi) technologies due to their wide availability in current networking devices, their suitability for small UAVs, and the extensive research dedicated to them in the past decades. We report real-world measurements for multi-hop aerial Wi-Fi networks and discuss the feasibility of this communication technology to deliver the required quality of service for several potential applications.