Distributed Energy-Aware Mobile Sensor Coverage Game with Inter-Agent Communication

Distributed Energy-Aware Mobile Sensor Coverage Game with Inter-Agent Communication

Title : Distributed Energy-Aware Mobile Sensor Coverage Game with Inter-Agent Communication
Authors :
Paraskevas, Evripidis
Maity, Dipankar
Baras, John, S.
Conference : 2016 American Control Conference pp. 6259-6264
Date: July 06 - July 08, 2016

Mobile Sensor Networks (MSN) are used to monitor large areas and collect measurements, e.g. temperature, humidity, or pressure data. Mobile sensors try to optimize their benefit from sensing a particular area, while keeping their energy consumption at the lowest possible level. We formulate this energy-aware sensor coverage problem as a potential game, where the mobile sensor nodes are considered as agents. The utility function of the game captures the trade-off between the benefit from coverage and the energy consumption. We also propose a distributed learning strategy for this potential game. The algorithm enables a bit-valued information exchange between the agents. Finally, it is proved that the learning rule converges to a Nash Equilibrium.