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Title: Territorial marking for improved area coverage in anti-flocking-controlled mobile sensor networks
Authors: Ganganath, N 
Yuan, WM 
Cheng, CT 
Fernando, T
Issue Date: 2018
Source: 2018 International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS), Florence, Italy, 27-30 May 2018, p. 1-4
Abstract: Recently proposed distributed anti-flocking algorithms have enabled mobile sensor networks (MSNs) to deliver impressive area coverage performances. However, due to lack of information about each other's traverse history, mobile sensor nodes tend to travel extra distances to achieve 100% cumulative area coverage. Inspired by the territorial marking behaviour of solitary animals, this paper proposes a new information map and map updating methods for anti-flocking controlled MSNs. The proposed territorial marking anti-flocking control enables MSNs to achieve improved area coverage performances by encouraging nodes to remain in a part of the terrain. According to the results provided in this paper, the proposed algorithm can be more energy efficient for MSNs in continues monitoring applications.
Keywords: Mobile sensor networks
Territorial marking
Area coverage
Distributed control
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
ISBN: 978-1-5386-4881-0 (electronic)
978-1-5386-4882-7 (print on demand(PoD))
EISSN: 2379-447X
DOI: 10.1109/ISCAS.2018.8351500
Rights: © 2018 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. Permission from IEEE must be obtained for all other uses, in any current or future media, including reprinting/republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works, for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted component of this work in other works.
The following publication Ganganath, N., Yuan, W., Cheng, C. T., Fernando, T., & Iu, H. H. (2018). Territorial Marking for Improved Area Coverage in Anti-Flocking-Controlled Mobile Sensor Networks. In 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS) (pp. 1-4). IEEE is available at
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