What is a wireless sensor and robot network and its major challenges?
World Scientific's recently published Wireless sensor and Robot networks - From topology control to communication aspects book answers this question, and details the different challenges faced by these new generation networks, how they are taken up and what the open issues are.
The set of potential applications of wireless sensor and robot networks is very wide. The applications can be divided into 3 categories: (1) fleet of wireless robots for coverage or exploration tasks, (2) wireless sensor network serviced by mobile wireless robots, (3) wireless sensor and robot networks that fully cooperate. Many challenges arise due to the introduction of the controlled mobility.
These challenges depend on the application requirements and expectations but globally, some of them are common to all of them. Firstly, where and when a robot should move? How does it cooperate with the other robots of its fleet and coordinate to fulfill a given task without being in each other's way and with minimum energy? And one of the most important: the energy. How to preserve it as much as possible while ensuring a high quality service? When and who to reload and how much? All these challenges are discussed in the book.
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