Date Added: Oct 2010
Technological advances have enabled the deployment of large-scale sensor networks for environmental monitoring and surveillance purposes. The large volume of data generated by sensors needs to be processed to respond to the users queries. However, efficient processing of queries in sensor networks poses great challenges due to the unique characteristics imposed on sensor networks including slow processing capability, limited storage, and energy-limited batteries, etc. Among various queries, top-k query is one of the fundamental operators in many applications of wireless sensor networks for phenomenon monitoring. In this paper, the authors focus on evaluating top-k queries in an energy-efficient manner such that the network lifetime is maximized.