|Summary:||This project aims to design a reliable and secure drones-assisted IoT network, where a swarm of autonomous drones are employed to hover over the area of interest to collect
sensory data from the IoT nodes. The flight cruise of the drones can be adapted for the data collection given limited radio coverage of the drone. At a high level, the project will
perform fundamental research across the following streams:
i) Develop a new onboard deep reinforcement learning based flight resource allocation. The cruise control of the autonomous drone and the data collection schedule will be jointly
optimized for preventing data lost resulting from overflowing buffers and transmission failure.
ii) Propose a new adversarial deep reinforcement learning framework to enhance the drones-assisted IoT network security. The proposed framework guarantees the optimal cruise
control and reliable data collection in presence of adversary’s attacks that seek to manipulate the flight cruise.
iii) Develop an innovative cooperative flight resource allocation scheme for the drone swarms. A distributed machine learning approach, such as federated learning, is adopted for
training the flight cruise in a distributed fashion across the drones. Moreover, wireless backhaul congestion and flight resource allocation optimization latency will be reduced.
iv) Build a drones-assisted IoT network testbed to operationally validate the proposed reliable and secure flight resource allocation frameworks in ADANET. Extensive real-world
experiments as well as comprehensive performance evaluations will be conducted for the joint cruise control and data collection.
The final outcome of this project will be a reliable and secure drones-assisted IoT network, where a swarm of autonomous drones carry out the optimal cruise control and
communication schedule to minimize the data packet loss. The proposed ADANET will integrate deep reinforcement learning, federated learning, wireless communication security,
and optimization techniques for the joint cruise control and data collection. The system performance will be evaluated on the advanced experimental testbed in a real-world
environment. Consequently, this project is a significant step towards realizing the vision of drones-assisted IoT networks. The achievements of this project can dramatically enhance
the research and development on future drones-assisted wireless systems in Portugal, e.g., 5G, smart farming, package delivery, and emergency medicine.