1st International ICST Conference on Autonomic Computing and Communication Systems

Research Article

Efficient Operation in Sensor and Actor Networks Inspired by Cellular Signaling Cascades

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/ICST.AUTONOMICS2007.2191,
        author={Falko Dressler and Isabel Dietrich and Reinhard German and Bettina Kr\'{y}ger},
        title={Efficient Operation in Sensor and Actor Networks Inspired by Cellular Signaling Cascades},
        proceedings={1st International ICST Conference on Autonomic Computing and Communication Systems},
        publisher={ICST},
        proceedings_a={AUTONOMICS},
        year={2007},
        month={10},
        keywords={Sensor and actor networks network-centric operation rulebased sensor network cellular signaling cascades},
        doi={10.4108/ICST.AUTONOMICS2007.2191}
    }
    
  • Falko Dressler
    Isabel Dietrich
    Reinhard German
    Bettina Krüger
    Year: 2007
    Efficient Operation in Sensor and Actor Networks Inspired by Cellular Signaling Cascades
    AUTONOMICS
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.AUTONOMICS2007.2191
Falko Dressler1,*, Isabel Dietrich1,*, Reinhard German1,*, Bettina Krüger2,*
  • 1: Computer Networks and Communication Systems,University of Erlangen,Germany
  • 2: Dept. of Cellular and Molecular Physiology,University of Erlangen,Germany
*Contact email: dressler@informatik.uni-erlangen.de, isabel.dietrich@informatik.uni-erlangen.de, german@informatik.uni-erlangen.de, bettina.krueger@physiologie2.med.uni-erlangen.de

Abstract

The investigation and the development of self-organizing systems are especially needed for operation and control in massively distributed systems such as Sensor and Actor Net- works (SANETs). The main issues addressed by self-organi- zation techniques are scalability, network lifetime, and real- time support. In the literature, biological principles are of- ten cited as inspirations for technical solutions, especially in the domain of self-organization. This concept already re- sulted in a good number of solutions with signifcant impact such as ant-based routing and immune system inspired net- work security solutions. In this paper, another specifc bi- ological feld is investigated: cellular signaling cascades for event-specifc reaction initiated by individual cells in collab- oration with their direct neighbors. Information between cells are transmitted via proteins and result in the cascade of protein{protein or protein{DNA interactions to produce a specifc cellular answer, e.g. the activation of cells or the transmission of mediators. These processes are programmed in every individual cell and lead to a coordinated reaction on a higher organization platform. We transferred these mech- anisms to operation and control in SANETs. In particular, a rule-based processing scheme relying on the main concepts of cellular signaling cascades has been developed. It is re- lying on simple local rules and providing problem specifc reaction such as local actuation control and data manipulation. We describe this Rule-based Sensor Network (RSN) technology and demonstrate comparative simulation results that show the feasibility of our approach.