Handbook of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Editors: Valavanis, K., Vachtsevanos, George J. (Eds.)

  • Updates readers on the emerging Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) domain with expert entries from academia, industry, government and the private sector
  • Explores all aspects of UAVs, including technology, manufacturers, business practices, users, research, training and more
  • Broadens understanding of UAVs, from design to logistics and ethical issues and introduces new concepts that may lead to innovative research
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The Handbook of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles is a reference text for the academic and research communities, industry, manufacturers, users, practitioners, Federal Government, Federal and State Agencies, the private sector, as well as all organizations that are and will be using unmanned aircraft in a wide spectrum of applications. The Handbook covers all aspects of UAVs, from design to logistics and ethical issues. It is also targeting the young investigator, the future inventor and entrepreneur by providing an overview and detailed information of the state-of-the-art as well as useful new concepts that may lead to innovative research. The contents of the Handbook include material that addresses the needs and ‘know how’ of all of the above sectors targeting a very diverse audience.
The Handbook offers a unique and comprehensive treatise of everything one needs to know about unmanned aircrafts, from conception to operation, from technologies to business activities, users, OEMs, reference sources, conferences, publications, professional societies, etc. It should serve as a Thesaurus, an indispensable part of the library for everyone involved in this area. For the first time, contributions by the world’s top experts from academia, industry, government and the private sector, are brought together to provide unique perspectives on the current state-of-the-art in UAV, as well as future directions. The Handbook is intended for the expert/practitioner who seeks specific technical/business information, for the technically-oriented scientists and engineers, but also for the novice who wants to learn more about the status of UAV and UAV-related technologies.
The Handbook is arranged in a user-friendly format, divided into main parts referring to: UAV Design Principles; UAV Fundamentals; UAV Sensors and Sensing Strategies; UAV Propulsion; UAV Control; UAV Communication Issues; UAV Architectures; UAV Health Management Issues; UAV Modeling, Simulation, Estimation and Identification; MAVs and Bio-Inspired UAVs; UAV Mission and Path Planning; UAV Autonomy; UAV Sense, Detect and Avoid Systems; Networked UAVs and UAV Swarms; UAV Integration into the National Airspace; UAV-Human Interfaces and Decision Support Systems; Human Factors and Training; UAV Logistics Support; UAV Applications; Social and Ethical Implications; The Future of UAVs. Each part is written by internationally renowned authors who are authorities in their respective fields.
The contents of the Handbook supports its unique character as a thorough and comprehensive reference book directed to a diverse audience of technologists, businesses, users and potential users, managers and decision makers, novices and experts, who seek a holistic volume of information that is not only a technical treatise but also a source for answers to several questions on UAV manufacturers, users, major players in UAV research, costs, training required and logistics issues.

About the authors

Editors-in-Chief: Dr. Kimon P. Valavanis, Professor and Chair, ECE and CS University of Denver, USA. Dr. Valavanis' research interests are focused in the areas of Unmanned Systems, Distributed Intelligence Systems, Robotics and Automation. He has published over 300 book chapters, technical journal / transaction and conference papers. Dr. Valavanis has authored/co-authored many books and papers, and served as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine for ten years (1996-2005), and he currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems. He is the General Chair of the 2011 IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control and has been Vice President – Administration of the IEEE Mediterranean Control Association (MCA) since 1998. He was a Distinguished Speaker in the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (- 2003), he is a senior member of IEEE and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. George J. Vachtsevanos, Professor Emeritus School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA. Dr. Vachtsevanos’ research interests are focused in the areas of Hierarchical/Intelligent control of large-scale industrial processes, Fault-tolerant and mode transitioning control of unmanned aerial vehicles, Vision and IR based inspection technologies for textile, glass and other industrial products, Analysis of EEG signals for detection and prediction of epileptic seizures, Sensor fusion techniques for classification and control. He has published over 250 technical papers and is the recipient of the 2002-2003 Georgia Tech School of ECE Distinguished Professor Award and the 2003-2004 Georgia Institute of Technology Outstanding Interdisciplinary Activities Award. He is the lead author of the book, Intelligent Fault Diagnosis and Prognosis for Engineering Systems, published by Wiley in 2006.

Table of contents (126 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Valavanis, Kimon P. (et al.)

    Pages 3-4

  • Introduction to the Handbook on UAVs

    Valavanis, Kimon P. (et al.)

    Pages 5-42

  • Definitions and Terminology

    Dalamagkidis, Konstantinos

    Pages 43-55

  • Aviation History and Unmanned Flight

    Dalamagkidis, Konstantinos

    Pages 57-81

  • Classification of UAVs

    Dalamagkidis, Konstantinos

    Pages 83-91

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Handbook of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Editors
  • K. Valavanis
  • George J. Vachtsevanos
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights for India: Researchco Book Centre, New Delhi, India
Print ISBN
978-90-481-9706-4
eReference ISBN
978-90-481-9707-1
Print + eBook ISBN
978-90-481-9708-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
LXXIX, 3022
Number of Illustrations and Tables
290 b/w illustrations, 948 illustrations in colour
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