Mobility

An Adaptive Link Layer for Heterogeneous Multi-Radio Mobile Sensor Networks

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Executive Summary

An important challenge in mobile sensor networks is to enable energy-efficient communication over a diversity of distances while being robust to wireless effects caused by node mobility. In this paper, the authors argue that the pairing of two complementary radios with heterogeneous range characteristics enables greater range and interference diversity at lower energy cost than a single radio. They make three contributions towards the design of such multi-radio mobile sensor systems. They present the design of a novel reinforcement learning-based link layer algorithm that continually learns channel characteristics and dynamically decides when to switch between radios.

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