Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Introductory Course: Basics->Connectivity->Control

Tero Vuorenmaa (Robots Expert Finland Ltd), Assoc. Prof. S. Andreev (TAU), Dr. Miguel Ángel (CATEC)/Prof. Vincenzo Lippiello (CREATE)
5.4.2021 (All day) to 4.5.2021 (All day)

Schedule and date: 

The course will take place in April-May 2021 (the availability of the invited speakers has been
preliminary confirmed; the actual dates will be negotiated with the speakers and may be adjusted
depending on the COVID-19 situation). The course will be organized as a hybrid event composed of
the face-to-face and online lectures (alternatively – online-only, should the COVID-19 situation and
University of Oulu, regional and national recommendations prevent face-to-face teaching). The course
will be composed of the three series of lectures (6+6+8 teaching hours) delivered by the invited
speakers, exercise session (6 hours, organized on-situ or online using simulators, depending on the
COVID-19 situation) allowing students to get hand-on experience of drone manipulation, self-study by
the students, and the final exam. The proposed course targets both PhD and MSc students of the
different backgrounds (electronics, communication, etc.). Due to its broad coverage and
multidisciplinary nature, the course will benefit multiple ITEE units (BISG, CWC-NS, CWC-RT,
UBICOMP, …). Notably, the course will also support and allow to identify the prospective candidates
for a number of the ongoing drone-focused research activities and projects ongoing within the ITEE,
including but not limited to H2020 5G!Drones, Academy of Finland RoboMesh and FUAVE, and
Dronemaster actions.

Learning outcomes:
After completing the course, a student will:
· Learn what types of drones do exist, what applications employ drones today and how, and
what do the current and prospective legislations dictate regarding the use of drones.
· Understand the specifics of the drone connectivity ecosystem and landscape and know the
basic of the underlying technologies and the main trade-offs associated with the different
· Understand localization, navigation and utilization of different sensoring systems for various
UAV and robotic applications
· Have a basic idea of manipulation activities for a UAV and controlling multiple drones, and
the associated with these challenges and trade-offs

More information: Konstantin Mikhaylov, konstantin.mikhaylov(at)oulu.fi

Course Description:
The Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and autonomous robots feature the potential of enabling many
novel services and businesses and will become the indispensable component of many verticals,
including future smart cities, agriculture, industrial and communication to list just a few. The number
of commercial drones sold in 2019 in the United States alone approached 400 000 units and is
expected to grow by approximately 50% every year, thus making drones one of the most fast-growing
markets of today. At the very same time, the legislative base for drone's use worldwide, and, notably,
the EU undergoes a dramatic transformation, providing the new openings for enabling a new level of
autonomy for the drones. These drastic changes make the drones the disruptive technology next to
none, and attract to drones the attention from Academy and Industry alike.
The fundamental goal of the "Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Introductory Course: Basics-
>Connectivity->Control" intensive course is to provide the participating PhD and MSc students with
the state-of-the-art knowledge about the drones, their capabilities and use cases, the recent
updates in the regulations and legislations on their design and use, as well as equip the students
with the knowledge on the perspective technologies, challenges and the recent research trends and
results for drone-to-any connectivity and control of individual drones and their groups. Due to its
multidisciplinary nature, the course is subdivided into the three sequential sessions, each dealing with
a different aspect of drone's operation and given by an invited expert from Industry or Academy.
Specifically, the first session to be delivered by the expert from Industry (Mr Tero Vuorenmaa,
Robots Expert Finland Ltd, a collaborator of H2020 5G!Drones project) will introduce the students
to the world of drones, discuss their types, design dimensions and the respective trade-offs, as well
as provide insight into the certifications and regulations related to the design and the practical use of
UAVs, with the focus on the ones in force in Finland and the EU. The discussions will be illustrated by
the presentation and discussion of the real-life examples and drone applications in the development
of which the lecturer has been involved.

The second session will focus on the connectivity of the drones and their groups (swarms) and will
be delivered by Associate Professor, Academy of Finland Research Fellow, and a member of the
Research Alliance for Autonomous Systems (RAAS) Dr. Sergey Andreev from the Tampere University
(TAU). The common vision of today is that the UAVs will not only be the consumers for the connectivity
services but also become a component of the 6G (especially the mmWave-based) mobile
communication infrastructure of the future. Meanwhile, the collaborative drone missions and the
drone swarms introduce many novel challenges on how the connectivity should be provided.

The third session will focus on the control of the single drones and of their groups, and discuss the
solutions and technologies enabling their autonomous operation and decision making. Dr. Miguel
Ángel (CATEC Center for Advanced Aerospace Technologies, CATEC, Spain) and/or Prof. Vincenzo
Lippiello (Universita' degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, CREATE, Italy) will introduce on a practical level
how to develop a drone and harness it with versatile sensoring systems and capacity to do
manipulative and other force-controlled operations. As a part of the course, some hands-on
experiments will also be arranged. Since COVID-19 is still ongoing, the possibility of arranging these in
simulation environment (Matlab/Gazebo and others) will be considered.

Tentative schedule:

Session 1: invited lecturer Mr. Tero Vuorenmaa, Robots Expert Finland Ltd

Day 1, 6 hours

Drone basics: drone types, design dimensions and the respective trade-offs,
certifications and regulations related to the design and the practical use of
UAVs, real-life applications and examples

Session 2: invited lecturer Assoc. Prof. Sergey Andreev, TAU and RAAS


Day 2, 6 hours

Connectivity for drones and through drones: communication scenarios and
architectures for drones and drone swarms, drone connectivity ecosystem
and its unique features, requirements and technologies, recent research
trends, research and technical challenges.

Session 3: invited lecturers Dr. Miguel Ángel (CATEC)/Prof. Vincenzo Lippiello (CREATE)

Day 3, 8 hours

Control and autonomous operation of drones: harnessing a UAV with
sensors, control and navigations, localization. Basics for UAV manipulation.
Basics for controlling multiple drones.

Session 4: hands-on/simulated exercises: invited lecturer Dr. Miguel Ángel (CATEC)/Prof.
Vincenzo Lippiello (CREATE)

Day 4, 6 hours

Hands-on (simulation) exercises to allow students to experience individual
drones and multiple drones manipulation. Format and implementation of the
session will be decided based on the COVID situation.



Last updated: 11.2.2021