Date Added: Mar 2011
Top-k query has long been an important topic in many fields of computer science. Efficient implementation of the top-k queries is the key for information searching. With the new frontier such as the cyber-physical systems, where there can be a large number of users searching information directly into the physical world, many new challenges arise for top-k query processing. From the client's perspective, different users may request different set of information, with different priorities and at different times. Thus, the top-k search not only should be multi-dimensional, but also across time domain. From the system's perspective, the data collection is usually carried out by small sensing devices.