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Self-organized task assignment for distributed sensors
Author(s): Peter Molnar; Emily J. Lockett; Lance M. Kaplan
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Paper Abstract

A new paradigm in ground surveillance consists of swarms of autonomous internetted sensors that can be used for target localization and environmental monitoring. The individual component is an inexpensive device containing multiple sensor types, a processor and wireless communication hardware. Scattered over a certain region, these devices are able to detect the direction or proximity of targets. One of the most limiting factors of the devices is the battery supply. In order to conserve power, these units should be able to adjust their activities to the current situations. Energy consuming signal processing should only be performed if the quality of the raw sensor data promises a significant improvement to the localization results. We propose a self-organized control system that allows the devices to select the algorithm complexity which balances the requirements for good localization performance and energy conservation. The devices make their selection autonomously, based on their own sensor data, information that they receive from other devices in the region, and the amount of energy they have left. The capability of this system will be demonstrated via computer simulations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 October 2000
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4196, Sensor Fusion and Decentralized Control in Robotic Systems III, (16 October 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.403718
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Peter Molnar, Clark Atlanta Univ. (United States)
Emily J. Lockett, Clark Atlanta Univ. (United States)
Lance M. Kaplan, Clark Atlanta Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4196:
Sensor Fusion and Decentralized Control in Robotic Systems III
Gerard T. McKee; Paul S. Schenker, Editor(s)

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