Deterministic boundary recognition and topology extraction for large sensor networks

Alexander Kröller, Sándor P. Fekete, Dennis Pfisterer, Stefan Fischer


We present a new framework for the crucial challenge of self-organization of a large sensor network. The basic scenario can be described as follows: Given a large swarm of immobile sensor nodes that have been scattered in a polygonal region, such as a street network. Nodes have no knowledge of size or shape of the environment or the position of other nodes. Moreover, they have no way of measuring coordinates, geometric distances to other nodes, or their direction. Their only way of interacting with other nodes is to send or to receive messages from any node that is within communication range. The objective is to develop algorithms and protocols that allow self-organization of the swarm into large-scale structures that reflect the structure of the street network, setting the stage for global routing, tracking and guiding algorithms. Our algorithms work in two stages: boundary recognition and topology extraction. All steps are strictly deterministic, yield fast distributed algorithms, and make no assumption on the distribution of nodes in the environment, other than sufficient density.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 28.02.2006
Event17th annual ACM-SIAM symposium on Discrete algorithm - Miami, United States
Duration: 22.01.200626.01.2006


Conference17th annual ACM-SIAM symposium on Discrete algorithm
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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