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30th FRUCT Conference: IDEA21 workshop: research track



The Third International Workshop on Advances in Innovative Drone Enhanced Applications, Research Track

We welcome you to take part in the Third International Workshop on Advances in Innovative Drone Enhanced Applications (IDEA21) that will be held in Oulu (Finland) on 27-28 October 2021, in conjunction with FRUCT30.

Despite COVID-19, we keep on collecting submissions and plan to hold FRUCT as planned. The conference will be organized as a mix of onsite and remote participation, i.e., distant participation is allowed. If you select distant participation please don't forget to send an 8-10 min video of your presentation to by October 15, 2021, at the latest. Video files over 20Mb are better to upload to Google Drive, Dropbox, or another repositories. The video shall at least present your slides with an audio track of the talk. The preferred formats for your video are MP4 and WMV. If you use MS PowerPoint you might use instructions from the following link to prepare your video welcome you to submit your papers via submission to the FRUCT30.

Information about the IDEA21 Industry Track.


Drones are starting to be part of our daily lives, becoming vital for ensuring services in different fields such as precision farming, security, aerial inspection, media, explorations. Opportunities offered by drones, as a leverage for jobs and new business, are based on recent technological developments acting as a catalyst for innovative applications with great economic potential. 

The IDEA20 workshop is organised by Arctic Drone Labs (Finland), Oulu University of Applied Sciences (Finland), University of Oulu (Finland), University of Helsinki (Finland), University of Bologna (Italy), Rethinking Autonomy and Safety innovation ecosystem and service platform for autonomous systems R&D - RAAS (Finland), Norwegian Research Center NORCE (Norway), University of Trento (Italy), Luleå University of Technology (Sweden) and Kufstein Tirol University of Applied Sciences (Austria) with the aim of bringing together people interested to discuss and enlighten the challenges, the opportunities and the long term ambitions of innovative drone applications and technologies. IDEA21 is addressed to researchers, stakeholders and enterprises active in this domain.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following subject areas:
• Drones and IoT convergence
• Embedding flying sensors and actuators in IoT Infrastructures
• Simulation platforms for drone applications
• Aerial Multispectral Photography
• Drone-based monitoring in search, rescue and disaster management support
• Drone-based environmental and infrastructure monitoring 
• Drones in deep-learning loops
• Drones in systems of systems loops
Formation flying applications 
• Beyond the line of sight drone operations
Business models for drone start-ups 
• Drones and pilots regulations trends
• Challenges, opportunities and threads in drone platforms, tools and apps

We welcome researchers as well as industry stakeholders to submit papers and take part in the workshop to share their research and findings. Early registration is a cost-effective way to participate in the Workshop and the 30th FRUCT conference. All workshop papers will be published Open Access in FRUCT proceedings at no additional cost (available for free under a CC-BY-ND license download from FRUCT proceedings catalogue). The workshop posters and demos can be presented at the FRUCT30 Posters/Demo Session on 28 October 2021.

Call for papers and presentations

You can select one of the following 3 types of submissions:

Full papers (min 6 full pages and up to 12 pages), deadline: August 30, 2021 (Extended: September 7, 2021);

- Short papers (min 2 pages, max 6 pages), deadline: August 30, 2021 (Extended: September 7, 2021);

- Poster / demo summary (min 200 words, max 5 pages), by October 22, 2021.

Please note that some papers submitted as Full Papers can be recommended for publication as Work in Progress. Work in Progress publications are publications of generally good quality, which unfortunately don't get into 43% top of the conference, but still, deserve to be published, but just will get less guaranteed indexing. To increase your chance to get your paper accepted as Full Paper, we recommend submitting it by the Early bird submission deadline, as this way you always will have a second chance to improve the paper and get another round of review.

The Early bird submission deadline: July 30, 2021.

Please note that one person can be a co-author of a maximum of 3 submissions of all types: Submit

Workshop dates: 27-28 October 2021
Conference Location: Oulu, Finland
Short Paper submission deadline: 30 August 2021
Full Paper Submission deadline: 30 August 2021
Notification of acceptance date: 24 September 2021
Camera-ready submission deadline: 1 October 2021
Authors registration deadline: 1 October 2021
Demos/Posters submission deadline: 22 October 2021

The templates and other practical details on publishing your papers can be found on the FRUCT CFP page.


If you get some questions that are not covered on the conference web page, feel free to send an email to info<at>