Neighbor Discovery in a Wireless Sensor Network: Multipacket Reception Capability and Physical-Layer Signal Processing
Source: University of Maryland
In randomly deployed networks, such as sensor networks, an important problem for each node is to discover its neighbor nodes so that the connectivity amongst nodes can be established. In this paper, the authors consider this problem by incorporating the physical layer parameters in contrast to the most of the previous work which assumed a collision channel. Specifically, the pilot signals that nodes transmit are successfully decoded if the strength of the received signal relative to the interference is sufficiently high. Thus, each node must extract signal parameter information from the superposition of an unknown number of received signals. This problem falls naturally in the purview of Random Set Theory (RST) which generalizes standard probability theory by assigning sets, rather than values, to random outcomes.