Journal of Advanced Transportation

Unmanned Aircraft System and its Applications in Transportation


Lead Editor

1University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, USA

2Beihang University, Beijing, China

3Texas A&M University, College Station, USA

Unmanned Aircraft System and its Applications in Transportation


Within the past few years, civilian demand for unmanned aircraft system (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, has skyrocketed. Previously used only for military reconnaissance and later for strike programs, UAS has increasingly been considered for a variety of civilian tasks, including infrastructure monitoring, precision agriculture, package delivery services, search and rescue operations, and photography. Among many public and private sector agencies, transportation agencies are in a unique position to leverage the emerging technology, due to the nature of this profession, the vast demand, and the great benefit in terms of reducing accidents, mitigating congestion, and cost savings. According to a recent survey by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), 33 state departments of transportation (DOTs) have carried out or are exploring applications of UASs in various aspects of transportation, including inspecting bridges, collecting traffic data, and helping crash clear-up.

The purpose of this special issue is to publish high-quality research papers as well as review articles addressing recent advances on UAS and its applications in transportation. Original, high quality contributions that are not yet published or that are not currently under review by other journals are sought.

Articles submitted to this special issue must contain significant relevance to transportation and traffic engineering processes. Submitted articles should not be published or under review elsewhere.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Modeling and simulation
  • Analytical and numerical methods
  • Policy, standard operating procedure, and best practices
  • Decision-making and public-private partnership
  • Legislation, privacy, training, and regulation
  • Air traffic control and management
  • Applications in multimodal transportation
  • Novel detection algorithms
  • Advanced data collection and processing methods
  • Transportation asset management and inspection
  • Transportation construction monitoring
  • Disaster response and management
  • Transportation safety and incident management
  • Traffic surveillance and operations
  • Advanced logistics applications
  • Environmental issues


  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 7156153
  • - Editorial

Unmanned Aircraft System and Its Applications in Transportation

Daiheng Ni | Guizhen Yu | Sivakumar Rathinam
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 9095324
  • - Research Article

Suspended Load Path Tracking Control Strategy Using a Tilt-Rotor UAV

M. A. Santos | B. S. Rego | ... | A. Ferramosca
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 8092718
  • - Research Article

Doppler Effect-Based Automatic Landing Procedure for UAV in Difficult Access Environments

Jan M. Kelner | Cezary Ziółkowski
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 2823617
  • - Research Article

Car Detection from Low-Altitude UAV Imagery with the Faster R-CNN

Yongzheng Xu | Guizhen Yu | ... | Yalong Ma
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 8204353
  • - Research Article

Using UAV-Based Systems to Monitor Air Pollution in Areas with Poor Accessibility

Oscar Alvear | Nicola Roberto Zema | ... | Carlos T. Calafate
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 4683912
  • - Research Article

Intelligent Controller Design for Quad-Rotor Stabilization in Presence of Parameter Variations

Oualid Doukhi | Abdur Razzaq Fayjie | Deok Jin Lee
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 9834247
  • - Research Article

Conceptual Design of a Small Hybrid Unmanned Aircraft System

Umberto Papa | Salvatore Ponte | Giuseppe Del Core
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 5202150
  • - Research Article

Surrogate Safety Analysis of Pedestrian-Vehicle Conflict at Intersections Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Videos

Peng Chen | Weiliang Zeng | ... | Yunpeng Wang
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