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Heterogeneous sensor networks: a bio-inspired overlay architecture
Author(s): Jerry Burman; Joao Hespanha; Upamanyu Madhow; Daniel Klein; Tien Pham; Ananthram Swami
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Paper Abstract

The Army currently employs heterogeneous unattended ground sensors (UGSs) using a sparse deployment to maximize coverage, minimize pilferage and to monitor terrain bottlenecks. A team consisting of Teledyne Scientific Company, the University of California at Santa Barbara and the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is developing technologies in support of automated data exfiltration from heterogeneous battlefield sensor networks as part of a US Army contract1 with the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies (ICB). The ICB program is developing a new system consisting of novel bio-inspired software algorithms for autonomous operations that will leverage proven research to monitor sensor networks from extended ranges, that will collect data in a timely fashion, that will collaboratively control the motion of a sparse network of collectors (e.g., UAVs) using bio-inspired sampling, that will accurately detect and localize field events and will fuse and classify sensed data. A new bio-inspired event discovery technique will enable fusion of sensor observations at low SNR without requiring a prior model for the event signature; this is a first step towards sensor networks that are capable of learning. The program will also provide both laboratory and field demonstrations of these capabilities supported through ARL by leveraging available resources.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 May 2009
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7333, Unattended Ground, Sea, and Air Sensor Technologies and Applications XI, 73330E (5 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.819221
Show Author Affiliations
Jerry Burman, Teledyne Scientific Co. (United States)
Joao Hespanha, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (United States)
Upamanyu Madhow, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (United States)
Daniel Klein, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (United States)
Tien Pham, Army Research Lab. (United States)
Ananthram Swami, Army Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7333:
Unattended Ground, Sea, and Air Sensor Technologies and Applications XI
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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