Sahid Mumtaz, from the Mobile Systems group of IT in Aveiro, has won the 2019 Best Journal Article Award in the IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM) for his paper “When Mobile Crowd Sensing meets UAV: Energy-Efficient Task Assignment and Route Planning”. The event was held in Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA, from 9-13 December.
With the increasing popularity of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), it is foreseen that they will play an important role in broadening the horizon of mobile crowd sensing (MCS). Specifically, UAV-aided MCS allows autonomous data collection anytime and anywhere due to the capability of fast deployment and controllable mobility. However, the on-board battery capacity of UAVs imposes a limitation on their endurance capability and performance. This work considers the fixed-wing UAV-aided MCS system and investigates the corresponding joint route planning and task assignment problem from an energy efficiency perspective. Results show significant performance improvements.