Date Added: Jan 2012
The overall energy required to digitize a given physical source can be comparable to the energy required for communication of the produced information bits, especially in cyber-physical sensing systems where radio links are short. When energy is at a premium, this fact calls for energy management solutions that are able to properly allocate the available energy over time between source and channel coding tasks. Energy management is particularly challenging for devices that operate via energy-harvesting, since the controller has to operate without full knowledge of the energy availability in the future. This work addresses the problem of energy allocation over source digitization and communication for a single energy-harvesting sensor.