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IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems

Special Issue on Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management


Advances of unmanned aircraft system (UAS) technology have spurred a rapid investment of commercial UAS use in broad public domains, such as cargo transport, agriculture support, emergency response, on-demand communication, and infrastructure health monitoring. Urban unmanned aerial transportation that can transport passengers over short distances is also on the way. With the forthcoming dense operations of UAS particularly over urban regions, ensuring airspace safety becomes an urgent issue. This special issue aims to understand the fundamental challenges that are unique to UAS traffic management and develop solutions that address these challenges. The scope of this special issue spans UAS automation, ground support, human systems, capacity and airspace management, mission planning, and contingency management.

LIST OF TOPICS: Topics of interest to this special issue include, but are not limited to:

  • UAS airspace structure and safety measures
  • UAS airspace capacity characterization and management
  • Urban air mobility (UAM)
  • Uncertain trajectory propagation
  • UAS traffic uncertainty quantification
  • Human-automation interaction
  • Autopilot and UAS autonomy
  • Multi-UAS coordination
  • UAS mission planning, path planning, and scheduling
  • UAS detection and avoidance
  • Distributed UAS control
  • Graphical games for UAS networks
  • Learning, and data-driven solutions for UAS traffic management
  • Contingency management at vehicle and traffic levels
  • Weather studies for UAS traffic management
  • Privacy, security and trustworthiness
  • UAS certification, verification and validation
  • UAS communication, spectrum allocation, and networking
  • UAS traffic management testbed development
  • Multi-UAS applications
  • UAS geofencing


Paper submission should conform to the information for authors available at


First submission deadline: 3/15/2020
Notification of first decision: 6/15/2020
First revision submission deadline: 8/15/2020
Notification of final decision: 12/15/2020
Final manuscript (camera ready) submission deadline: 1/15/2021
Issue of Publication: 3/15/2021


Dr. Yan Wan
Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019, USA

Dr. Ella Atkins
Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 USA

Dr. Dengfeng Sun
School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 USA

Dr. Kyriakos G. Vamvoudakis
The Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Kostas G. Goulias
Geography Department, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4060, USA