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Maximum Life Span Strategy for Target Tracking in Mobile Sensor Networks



Vladimir V. Marbukh, Kamran Sayrafian, Hamid Mahboubi, Amir G. Aghdam, Walid Masoudimansour


In this paper, an energy-efficient technique is proposed for tracking a target in a field using a network of mobile sensors while maximizing the life span of the network. The most important energy consumption sources in a mobile sensor network (MSN) are sensing, communication and movement of the sensors. In the proposed technique, first the field is divided into a grid of arbitrarily small cells. This grid is then used to obtain a graph with properly weighted edges. The weight assignment is done in such a way that it results in a close estimate of the maximum lifetime for the network. Finally, using a shortest path algorithm, an efficient route is found to transfer information from the target to destination.
Proceedings Title
The 2012 American Control Conference
Conference Dates
June 27-29, 2012
Conference Location


mobile sensor network, energy efficiency, life-span


Marbukh, V. , Sayrafian, K. , Mahboubi, H. , Aghdam, A. and , W. (2012), Maximum Life Span Strategy for Target Tracking in Mobile Sensor Networks, The 2012 American Control Conference, Montreal, -1, [online], (Accessed July 20, 2024)


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Created June 29, 2012, Updated February 19, 2017