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Model of nonhierarchical control in distributed sensor networks
Author(s): Jens Meinkoehn; A. Knoll
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Paper Abstract

In this paper a model of lateral coordination control in sensor networks is proposed. It is based on the notion of negotiated cooperation between pairs of equal and autonomously acting sensor nodes. The actual communication phase is preceded by a bidding scheme to establish appropriate communication links. This model incorporates the aspect of network self- organization in order to adapt to changing environmental conditions. The cooperation is modelled on human behavior in the case of a task being worked on sequentially by team members with equal rights but different capabilities. To this end, a generalized approach to the organization of distributed systems is given and a cooperation protocol is described to achieve the desired lateral coordination. The qualitative reasoning is supplemented by simulation results to support the superiority of lateral over pure vertical coordination, particularly under severe environmental conditions, such as sensor failure.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 1992
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 1828, Sensor Fusion V, (1 November 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.131656
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Jens Meinkoehn, Gesellschaft fuer Mathematik und Datenverarbeitung (Germany)
A. Knoll, Technische Univ. Berlin (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1828:
Sensor Fusion V
Paul S. Schenker, Editor(s)

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