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Pheromone-based coordination strategy to static sensors on the ground and unmanned aerial vehicles carried sensors
Author(s): Edison Pignaton de Freitas; Tales Heimfarth; Carlos Eduardo Pereira; Armando Morado Ferreira; Flávio Rech Wagner; Tony Larsson
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Paper Abstract

A current trend that is gaining strength in the wireless sensor network area is the use of heterogeneous sensor nodes in one coordinated overall network, needed to fulfill the requirements of sophisticated emerging applications, such as area surveillance systems. One of the main concerns when developing such sensor networks is how to provide coordination among the heterogeneous nodes, in order to enable them to efficiently respond the user needs. This study presents an investigation of strategies to coordinate a set of static sensor nodes on the ground cooperating with wirelessly connected Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) carrying a variety of sensors, in order to provide efficient surveillance over an area of interest. The sensor nodes on the ground are set to issue alarms on the occurrence of a given event of interest, e.g. entrance of a non-authorized vehicle in the area, while the UAVs receive the issued alarms and have to decide which of them is the most suitable to handle the issued alarm. A bio-inspired coordination strategy based on the concept of pheromones is presented. As a complement of this strategy, a utility-based decision making approach is proposed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 May 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7694, Ground/Air Multi-Sensor Interoperability, Integration, and Networking for Persistent ISR, 769416 (7 May 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.852478
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Edison Pignaton de Freitas, Halmstad Univ. (Sweden)
Federal Univ. of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)
Tales Heimfarth, Federal Univ. of Lavras (Brazil)
Carlos Eduardo Pereira, Federal Univ. of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)
Armando Morado Ferreira, Military Insitute of Engineering (Brazil)
Flávio Rech Wagner, Federal Univ. of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)
Tony Larsson, Halmstad Univ. (Sweden)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7694:
Ground/Air Multi-Sensor Interoperability, Integration, and Networking for Persistent ISR
Michael A. Kolodny, Editor(s)

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