Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks: Algorithms and Protocols for Scalable Coordination and Data Communication

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 12, 2010 - Technology & Engineering - 316 pages
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A mixture of theory, experiments, and simulations that provide qualitative and quantitative insights into the technology

The important new technology of wireless sensor and actuator networks provides radically new communication and networking paradigms with many new applications. Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks is a timely text that presents a fault-tolerant, reliable, low-latency, and energy-aware framework for wireless sensor and actuator networks, enabling readers to fulfill the ultimate goals of the applications—such as protecting critical infrastructures, achieving timely emergency responses, and monitoring the environment. Taking a problem-oriented approach, this resource discusses a wide range of computing and communication problems and solutions that arise in rapidly emerging wireless sensor and actuator networks, striking a balance between theory and practice.

  • Discusses backbones as subsets of sensors or actuators that suffice for performing basic data communication operations or area sensing coverage

  • Surveys existing data communication schemes (broadcasting, routing, multicasting, anycasting, geocasting) for sensor-actuator coordination

  • Reviews the location service techniques

  • Addresses the problem of energy-efficient data gathering by mobile sinks/actuators

  • Describes protocols for coordination and topology control in sensor, actuator, and robot networks

  • Reviews existing solutions to the sensor placement problem in wireless sensor and actuator networks

This book is unique in that it addresses sensor and actuator networking in a comprehensive manner—covering all the aspects and providing up-to-date information—so that industry operators and academics from various areas can learn more about current networking trends, become aware of the possible architectures, and understand the advantages and limits in future commercial, social, and educational applications. Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks is appropriate for graduate students in computer science, electrical engineering, and telecommunications, as well as practitioners working as engineers, programmers, and technologists.


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1 Applications Models Problems and Solution Strategies
2 EnergyEfficient Backbones and Broadcasting in Sensor and Actuator Networks
3 Sensor Area Coverage
4 Geographic Routing in Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks
5 Multicasting Geocasting and Anycasting in Sensor and Actuator Networks
6 Sink Mobility in Wireless Sensor Networks
7 Topology Control in Sensor Actuator and Mobile Robot Networks
8 Location Service in Sensor and Mobile Actuator Networks
9 Coordination in Sensor Actuator and Robot Networks
10 Sensor Placement in Sensor and Actuator Networks

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AMIYA NAYAK is a Professor at University of Ottawa in the School of Information Technology and Engineering (SITE). His research interests include fault-tolerant computing, distributed systems, and ad hoc and sensor networks. Nayak is the recipient of several collaborative research grants with industry and strategic grants from NSERC. He edited Handbook of Applied Algorithms (Wiley).

IVAN STOJMENOVIC is currently editor in chief of four journals (including IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems). He has h-index 35 and over 5,000 citations. Stojmenovic was the recipient of the Royal Society Research Merit Award, UK, and the Excellence in Research Award of the University of Ottawa 2008–09. He has chaired and/or organized more than fifty workshops and conferences. He became an IEEE Fellow in 2008.

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