Intelligent actor mobility in wireless sensor and actor networks
Krishnakumar, Sita Srinivasaraghavan
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Wireless sensor and actor networks are used in situations where interaction is required between a network and the environment in which the network is deployed. This research studies the functioning of a single mobile actor deployed in a sparsely connected network. When deployed in a sparsely connected network, an actor has to do more than acting. It has to perform the additional duties of an event collector - collecting events from the naturally occurring clusters - so that it can fulfill its primary obligation as an actor. The path taken by a mobile actor node is generated by a mobility model. The existing random mobility models are non-intelligent mobility models. While they may bring about a chance meeting between an actor and an event, there is no guarantee that these meetings will actually happen. This motivates the development of intelligent mobility models for the actor node, which will generate paths that are reflective of the network in which the actor is deployed. In this thesis, intelligent mobility models for the actor node were developed using the inherent clustering information of a sparsely connected network. These models were applied to an actor node in networks of varying sparseness and the following conclusions were reached: (i) Existing random mobility models are unsuitable for an actor in a sparsely connected network. (ii) High probability of events can be sensed when a sparsely connected network is used. (iii) 100% event detection by the actor node is possible at higher speeds. (iv) When the single actor functioned both as an event collector and as an actor, the number of events acted upon by the actor was very close to the number of events acted upon by an actor in a fully connected network. (v) The Correlation Theory developed in this research suggests using a combination of the intelligent mobility models to obtain the best performance results under all circumstances. (vi) Early detection of events can be supported where it is required. All of the above conclusions justify the deployment of a single actor and a sparsely connected network, either individually or as a combination.