Date Added: Apr 2011
Wireless Body Area Networks (WBANs) are mainly characterized by deployment of biomedical sensors around human body which transmit vital signs measurements about healthy status to the coordinator. Depending on the relevance between symptoms and diseases, it may not be necessary for every sensors to transmit its measurements for diagnoses. This paper shows how the relevance can be exploited on the Medium Access Control (MAC) layer by utilizing the mutual information. A theoretical framework is developed for sensor scheduling under an operation cost constraint.