Actor coordination using info-gap decision theory in wireless sensor and actor networks

S. Chinnappen-Rimer, Gerhard P. Hancke

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Mobile, unmanned, power and resource-rich devices, called actors, deployed within a Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) application area, enable faster response times to events. Due to cost constraints, only a few actors can be placed within a WSN application area. Determining which actor or set of actors should respond to an event is important, because the correct decision will increase the event response time and reduce energy expenditure. Since the mobile actors are widely dispersed over the application area, the actors' accurate location and energy details will not always be available. In this paper, we show that using info-gap decision theory to choose the correct actors to respond to an event when uncertainty about an actor's location and/or energy exists ensures that the actors chosen can adequately respond to the event. The robustness of the decision choice of the set of actor(s) assigned to respond to an event means that all chosen actor(s) have sufficient energy to respond to the event in real time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-191
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Sensor Networks
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Actor coordination
  • Decision theory
  • Info-gap decision theory
  • Sensor network
  • Uncertainty
  • Wireless sensor and actor network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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