"Colleagues- The future of unmanned systems is uncertain, except in one respect: every new operational concept or service vision produced by the world’s leading militaries expect that unmanned vehicles will be a major component of future force structures. The details of this expectation – which platforms should garner the most investment, what technological breakthrough will have the most impact or where unmanned systems will have their first,game-changing successes – are the subject of intense speculation and debate.
While engineers are still concentrating on the robotic vehicles, some researchers have been analyzing how unmanned vehicles and collectives of unmanned vehicles might perform in the field – how they might contribute value to operations. We are pleased to announce a new, forthcoming book that collects this new analysis in a single volume, Operations Research for Unmanned Vehicle Operations, by John Wiley Publishing. Since there is no other text where these types of analyses are yet assembled, this book will serve as a seminal reference, establishing the context in which operations research should be applied to unmanned systems, catalyzing additional research into the value of unmanned platforms and providing critical initial feedback to the unmanned systems engineering community.
We are calling for authors to contribute original chapters to this new book. A summary of the scope and purpose of the book is attached. If you are interested, please submit a one-page synopsis on or before Monday, 31 March, 2014. Your synopsis should include:
Please submit your synopsis in Microsoft Word to Jeff Cares (firstname.lastname@example.org) or John Dickmann, Jr., PhD, (email@example.com).
Authors of accepted chapters will be notified by Monday, 14 April, 2014. Upon acceptance of a chapter synopsis, authors will have until Friday, 01 August 2014, to prepare their chapters in Wiley’s format (which we’ll send out later). The final book draft is currently scheduled for the summer of 2014 and we expect the book to be published by the winter of 2015. Please let us know your intentions this opportunity as soon as possible (but no later than 31 March, 2014) so we may begin finalizing the author list and negotiating a more detailed publishing schedule.
Feel free to E-mail any questions to either of the co-editors, Jeff Cares (firstname.lastname@example.org) or John Dickmann, PhD, (email@example.com). Thank you for considering this opportunity,
Signed: Jeff Cares & John Dickmann, PhD, Co-Editors, Operations Research for Unmanned Vehicle Operations"