The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Routing and Trajectory Optimisation Problem, a Taxonomic Review

Walton Pereira Coutinho, Maria Battarra, Joerg Fliege

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Over the past few years, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have become more and more popular. The complexity of routing UAVs has not been fully investigated in the literature. In this paper, we provide a formal definition of the UAV Routing and Trajectory Optimisation Problem (UAVRTOP). Next, we introduce a taxonomy and review recent contributions in UAV trajectory optimisation, UAV routing and articles addressing these problems, and their variants, simultaneously. We conclude with the identification of future research opportunities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-128
Number of pages13
JournalComputers and Industrial Engineering
Early online date22 Apr 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018



  • Literature review
  • Routing
  • Taxonomy
  • Trajectory optimisation
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)

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