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Sensor network communication

Contact: Geert Leus

Communication for measurements and control; underwater communication; localization and clock synchronization.
Distributed sensor systems consist of a large number of nodes with only local communication capabilities. Challenges include localization of the nodes, low-power communication protocols, and distributed estimation algorithms, where local estimates are combined to form global parameters estimates.

In sensor networks, we shift from centralized communication networks to distributed self-organizing networks where nodes adapt their procedures (related to spectrum utilization, sensing, information processing, and localization) based on only local information. To develop large self-organizing networks we need cognitive radio devices that are capable of sensing the radio spectrum and adapt accordingly. We further require energy efficient distributed information processing and localization algorithms for large sensor networks. The mathematical tools we want to build on are compressed sampling, convex optimization, game theory, and linear algebra.

Projects under this theme

Integrated Cooperative Automated Vehicles

Task-cognizant sparse sensing for inference

Low-cost sparse sensing designed for specific tasks

Digitally Dominant Analog Blocks for Ultra-Low-Power Wireless Sensor Network

All-digital phase-locked loops, inductor/capacitor-based DC-DC switching converters

SuperGPS: Accurate timing and positioning

Accurate timing and positioning through an optical-wireless distributed time and frequency reference

Quality of Service-driven Channel Selection for Cognitive Radio Networks

Improving the reliability of disaster relief networks using cognitive radio with strict QoS requirements.

Demining toolbox

detection of anti-personal landmines and cluster munitions

Ultra WideBand (UWB) Radio Indoor Positioning System

How can we accomplish effective, scalable and low-cost indoor positioning systems for practical applications using UWB radio signals?

Extreme Wireless Distributed Systems

EWiDS is one of the projects of the COMMIT program, concentrating on extreme wireless distributed systems. In EWiDS, we aim at a better understanding of using wireless, user-centric sensor technology to monitor and manage the behavior of people.


Sensor Technology Applied in Reconfigurable Systems

reconfigurable sensors and sensor networks applied in the context of the security domain

PulsarPlane: Worldwide Air Transport Operations

We investigate if pulsar navigation for aviation is positive, and analyse the impact on aviation.

Metrology for optical and RF communication systems

To develop traceable methods for RF power and MIMO antenna measurements and cost-effective metrological solutions for smart, adaptive, reconfigurable and wearable antennas.

Sensing Heterogeneous Information Network Environment

How can heterogeneous resources (people, mobile sensors, fixed sensors, social media, information systems, etc.) self-organize for answering information needs?

Autonomous, self-learning, optimal and complete underwater systems

Can we develop robust, cooperative and cognitive communication for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles?

Reliable and fast wireless communication for lithography machines

Connecting a sensor network on a moving platform to a control unit; this requires high-speed links with low latency, and accurate wireless clock synchronization.

Separation of AIS Transponder Signals

AIS is a VHF communication system for ship transponders. Seen from a satellite, transponder messages overlap. The aim is to separate these using an antenna array.

Dependable Distributed Sensing Systems

The D2S2 project aims at developing an algorithmic framework for operating large-scale distributed sensor systems.

Low-frequency distributed radio telescope in space

Below 15 MHz, the ionosphere blocks EM signals from the sky. Therefore, can we design a radio telescope in space, using a swarm of inexpensive nano-satellites? Accurate localization and clock recovery is important.

Extreme Wireless Distributed Systems

Using wireless, user-centric sensor technology to monitor and manage the behavior of people

Signal Processing for Self-Organizing Wireless Networks

Mathematical foundations to develop large self-organizing networks based on cognitive radio devices that are capable of sensing the radio spectrum and adapt accordingly.

Airport Detection and Tracking of Dangerous Materials

Active and passive radar technology for detection and surveillance of people at airports

Smart moving Process Environment Actuators and Sensors

Can an RF sensor network be developed for an underwater environment (chemical reaction tank)? Main issues are localization and UWB communication. This is a difficult environment for RF.