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SS13 - Sensor Scheduling and Resources Management

Continuing  advancements in communication, information and sensor  technologies is  driving a trend in the development of complex, adaptive  and  reconfigurable sensor systems. Such a sensor system can have a large   scope for online reconfiguration, which typically exceeds the   management capability of the human operator. In addition, the sensor   system can face a variety of fundamental resource limitations, such as  a  limited power supply, a finite total time-budget, a narrow field of   sight, a limited on-board processing capability or constraints on the   communication channels between the sensor nodes. Consequently,  effective  sensor scheduling and resources management is a key  performance factor  for the emerging generation of adaptive and  reconfigurable sensor  systems. 

This  special session proposal addresses fundamental techniques,  recent  developments and future research directions in the field of  sensor  scheduling and resources management. It is proposed to split the   planned contributions into two central themes, which could each occupy  a  single session at the conference: 

  • Theme 1: Sensor scheduling and resources management. Sensor  scheduling and resources management is often tackled by  optimising  performance measures that are specific to the lower levels of  the data  fusion hierarchy chain. Such methods often utilise task  specific  measures of performance or information theoretic measures. This  session  theme focuses on the current state of the art of lower level  sensor  scheduling and resources management methods. 
  • Theme 2: Distributed goal driven observation systems. Distributed  observation systems are being increasingly deployed,  which have  modules distributed either spatially, or modules distributed  in the  data fusion hierarchy chain. Ultimately, the purpose of deploying  such  an observation system is to satisfy a number of sensing  objectives. To  this end, the effectiveness of the observation system is  crucial for  performance evaluation and subsequently the resources  management  process. This session theme focusses on the utilization of  the higher  level objectives in the scheduling and resources management  processes,  which thus enables a goal driven observation system. 

Topics of interest

The following research topics will be developed as a result of this session: 

  •  Sensor scheduling 
  •  Sensor management and resources management 
  •  Coordinated control mechanisms 
  •  Multi-sensor and multi-robot coordination 


Sensor Management, Sensor Scheduling, Multi-Agent Coordination, Resource Management, Goal driven observation 

Special Session Organizers

  • Uwe D. Hanebeck, Karlsruhe  Institute of Technology (Germany)
  • Alexander Charlish, Fraunhofer FKIE (Wachtberg, Germany)
  • Leon Kester, TNO (The Hague, The Netherlands)
  • Igor Gilitschenski, Karlsruhe  Institute of Technology (Germany)

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