Woojin Lee is an Honours student under the supervision of Prof. Athman Bouguettaya at the University of Sydney. He is currently involved in Drone-based Services project and the demonstration of delivering packages to multiple destinations using drones. His research interest is in the automated system and the human computer interaction.
Modeling of Drone Delivery Services in a Smart City
Drones are a new type of IoT devices that offer cost-effective and fast delivery services. The potential utilization of drones is limited by payload capacity and battery consumption constraints. Drones may need multiple times of recharge for persistent delivery operation. The drone delivery environment is highly constrained because the availability of recharging stations is not guaranteed. We leverage the service paradigm to address the key challenges in delivery by drones. The functional and non-functional properties of drones are abstracted as Drone-as-a-Service (DaaS). The drone services operate in a skyway network which is constructed by linking the skyway segments. Each skyway segment connects two nodes which are the rooftops of the high-rise buildings. Each node is assumed to be a recharging station or a delivery target. Given a source and a destination, the composition of best skyway segments will be performed leading to the destination minimizing the overall delivery time. The goal of the project is to implement a real-life demo of a composition algorithm of drone services to optimize the delivery time given the aforementioned constraints.