Agent Technologies for Sensor Networks

Rogers, Alex, Corkill, Daniel D. and Jennings, Nicholas R. (2009) Agent Technologies for Sensor Networks. IEEE Intelligent Systems, 24, (2), 13-17.


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Wireless sensor networks are increasingly seen as a solution to the problem of performing continuous wide-area monitoring in many environmental, security, and military scenarios. The distributed nature of such networks and the autonomous behavior expected of them presents many novel challenges. In this article, we argue that a new synthesis of electronic engineering and agent technology is required to address these challenges, and we describe three examples where this synthesis has succeeded. In more detail, we describe how these novel approaches address the need for communication and computationally efficient decentralized algorithms to coordinate the behavior of physically distributed sensors, how they enable the real-world deployment of sensor agent platforms in the field, and finally, how they facilitate the development of intelligent agents that can autonomously acquire data from these networks and perform information processing tasks such as fusion, inference, and prediction.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering > Electronics and Computer Science > Agents, Interactions & Complexity
ePrint ID: 267194
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
March 2009Published
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2009 09:13
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:14
Decentralised Data and Information Systems
Funded by: EPSRC (EP/C548051/1)
1 October 2005 to 31 March 2011
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