Multiple UAV-LiDAR Placement Optimization Under Road Priority and Resolution Requirements

Zachary Osterwisch, Omar Rinchi, Ahmad Alsharoa, Hakim Ghazzai, Yehia Massoud

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An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) integrated with the remote sensing technology of light detection and ranging (LiDAR) can provide accurate and real-time road traffic information. In this paper, we propose to equip UAVs with LiDAR sensors for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) applications. The goal is to find the optimal 3D placement of multiple UAV-LiDAR (ULiDs) for a given road segmentation. We formulate an optimization problem to find the optimal placement such that the road coverage efficiency is maximized. The optimization problem is constrained by notable ULiD specifications such as field-of-view (FoV), point-cloud density, geographic information system (GIS) location, and road segment coverage priorities. We propose to use a computational intelligent algorithm based on particle swarm optimization to solve the problem. Finally, we illustrate the benefits of using our proposed algorithm over other baselines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationICC 2023 - IEEE International Conference on Communications
Subtitle of host publicationSustainable Communications for Renaissance
EditorsMichele Zorzi, Meixia Tao, Walid Saad
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538674628
StatePublished - 2023
Event2023 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2023 - Rome, Italy
Duration: May 28 2023Jun 1 2023

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Communications
ISSN (Print)1550-3607


Conference2023 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2023


  • Computational Intelligence
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
  • Optimization
  • UAV-LiDAR (ULiD)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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