Decentralized Control of Mobile Sensor Networks


Wednesdays@NICO Seminar, Noon, October 13, 2010, Chambers Hall, Lower Level

Prof. Kevin M. Lynch, Northwestern University


Mobile sensor networks can be deployed for tasks such as environmental monitoring or searching a collapsed building for survivors. Decentralized control algorithms allow the mobile sensors to adapt to a changing environment and to failure of individual sensors, without the need for a centralized controller. I will describe the control theory and experimental testbed we are developing to support "swarms" of mobile sensors. This work is based on the concept of "information diffusion" in ad hoc communication networks and motion control laws that drive the sensors to optimally acquire information. This work is joint with Prof. Randy Freeman (EECS) and the Naval Research Lab.