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)