4th International ICST Conference on Wireless Internet

Research Article

A Bio-Inspired Distributed Clustering Algorithm for Wireless Sensor Networks

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/ICST.WICON2008.4846,
        author={Charalambos Charalambous and Shuguang Cui},
        title={A Bio-Inspired Distributed Clustering Algorithm for Wireless Sensor Networks},
        proceedings={4th International ICST Conference on Wireless Internet},
        publisher={ICST},
        proceedings_a={WICON},
        year={2010},
        month={5},
        keywords={Bio-inspired sensor networks distributed},
        doi={10.4108/ICST.WICON2008.4846}
    }
    
  • Charalambos Charalambous
    Shuguang Cui
    Year: 2010
    A Bio-Inspired Distributed Clustering Algorithm for Wireless Sensor Networks
    WICON
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.WICON2008.4846
Charalambos Charalambous1,*, Shuguang Cui1,*
  • 1: Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843
*Contact email: charalambos@tamu.edu, cui@tamu.edu

Abstract

Wireless sensor networks (WSNs) have emerged in strategic applications such as target detection, localization, and tracking in battlefields, where the large-scale nature renders centralized control prohibitive. In addition, the finite batteries in sensor nodes demand energy-aware network control. In this paper, we propose an energy-efficient topology management model that allows clustered nodes to act upon imminent targets in a purely distributed and autonomous fashion, which is inspired by the biological inter-cell lateral induction models. In particular, nodes in the target vicinity collaborate to form clusters based on their relative observation quality values. The energy efficiency of the proposed approach is examined against reference protocols.