Mobile Sensor Deployment and Coverage Using Multi-Agent-Based Collective Formation Schemes
In this paper, the authors present a novel mobile wireless sensor deployment and network coverage technique using multi-agent-based collective formation control. Most of the existing approaches of sensor deployment are focused on centralized methods, which restrain the sensor nodes to maintain fixed distance among all neighboring nodes. Therefore, these approaches have some drawbacks, vulnerabilities and inflexibility, especially when some of the sensor nodes are not functioning due to unexpected node failure, e.g., power loss. As a result, sensor coverage could be compromised or diminished. To address these problems, they propose to incorporate an Attractive/Repulsive (AR) collective formation model to control the dynamics of wireless sensor nodes which are considered as autonomous agents.