Self-Organization in Sensor and Actor Networks

Self-Organization in Sensor and Actor Networks

Author(s): Dr Falko Dressler

Published Online: 13 NOV 2007

Print ISBN: 9780470028209

Online ISBN: 9780470724460

DOI: 10.1002/9780470724460

Series Editor(s): David Hutchison

About this Book

Self-Organization in Sensor and Actor Networks explores self-organization mechanisms and methodologies concerning the efficient coordination between intercommunicating autonomous systems.Self-organization is often referred to as the multitude of algorithms and methods that organise the global behaviour of a system based on inter-system communication. Studies of self-organization in natural systems first took off in the 1960s. In technology, such approaches have become a hot research topic over the last 4-5 years with emphasis upon management and control in communication networks, and especially in resource-constrained sensor and actor networks. In the area of ad hoc networks new solutions have been discovered that imitate the properties of self-organization. Some algorithms for on-demand communication and coordination, including data-centric networking, are well-known examples.

Key features include:

  • Detailed treatment of self-organization, mobile sensor and actor networks, coordination between autonomous systems, and bio-inspired networking.
  • Overview of the basic methodologies for self-organization, a comparison to central and hierarchical control, and classification of algorithms and techniques in sensor and actor networks.
  • Explanation of medium access control, ad hoc routing, data-centric networking, synchronization, and task allocation issues.
  • Introduction to swarm intelligence, artificial immune system, molecular information exchange.
  • Numerous examples and application scenarios to illustrate the theory.

Self-Organization in Sensor and Actor Networks will prove essential reading for students of computer science and related fields; researchers working in the area of massively distributed systems, sensor networks, self-organization, and bio-inspired networking will also find this reference useful.

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Self-Organization

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  2. Part II: Networking Aspects: Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks

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  3. Part III: Coordination and Control: Sensor and Actor Networks

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  4. Part IV: Organization Methods in Sensor and Actor Networks

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  5. Part IV: Self-Organization Methods in Sensor and Actor Networks

  6. Part V: Bio-Inspired Networking

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  7. Part V: Bio-inspired Networking

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