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Special Issue "Deployment and Control of Wireless Sensor Networks"

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Sensor Networks".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 October 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Abdelhamid Mellouk
Guest Editor
Université Paris-Est Créteil Val de Marne, France
Interests: communication protocols and algorithms; switching and routing; dynamic wireless and mobile networks (sensors, VANET, and so on); quality of service; quality of experience; adaptive network real-time control; video streaming; Internet of things; cloud computing
Dr. Mustapha Reda Senouci
Guest Editor
Distributed and Complex Systems Laboratory, Ecole Militaire Polytechnique, Algiers, Algeria
Interests: sensors and ad-hoc networks; Internet of things (IoT); next generation networks
Prof. Dr. Nidal Nasser
Guest Editor
Alfaisal University—KSA
Interests: wireless and mobile ad hoc and sensor networks; mobile and wireless computing; ubiquitous and pervasive computing; radio resource management; provisioning quality of service; scalable distributed systems and algorithms; performance evaluation of communication networks and communication protocols and algorithms; Internet of things; cloud computing
Dr. Hai Anh Tran
Guest Editor
BKCS Centre, School of Information and Communication Technology (SOICT), Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST), Vietnam
Interests: NGN (Next Generation Network), SDN (Software-Defined Network), Quality of Sservice, Quality of Experience, IoT, Knowledge-Defined Network

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the past two decades, wireless sensor networks (WSNs) have emerged, opening new research directions that are still evolving because of the new challenges and technological advances in the field. A WSN consists of many sensor nodes that can sense, measure, and gather information about their surrounding environment, and transmit the sensed data to the final user via wireless links. As a bridge between cyberspace and the physical world, WSNs have enabled new applications and opened new perspectives. Moreover, WSNs are key central building blocks in the Internet of things (IoT) and smart systems.

The successful completion of the mission (control, monitoring, etc.) assigned to a WSN requires that the network should be deployed and managed in a rigorous manner, which guarantees the QoS performance of the services provided by the WSN throughout the assigned mission. This QoS could encompass different metrics, such as coverage, connectivity, and energy consumption. In practice, WSNs could be deployed in distinct areas, using different architectures and typologies, while employing several types of nodes (sensor nodes, relay nodes, data collectors, etc.).

WSNs have gained plenty of popularity in a wide range of applications, and have attained a high level of maturity. In this Special Issue, we will investigate WSNs, with a focus on the deployment and control topics, with a specific emphasis on the practical aspects. Deployment encompasses all of the tasks performed during the network setup (e.g., sensor placement), whereas control includes the techniques employed to maintain the QoS performance of the services provided by the WSN (e.g., connectivity restoration) and the end-to-end QoE driven application.

Research topics including, but not limited to, the following, will be considered:

  • WSNs deployment (sensor and relay node placement) under realistic scenarios
  • QoS and QoE in a WSN context
  • Coverage and connectivity optimization
  • Long-life sensor node deployment and topology control
  • Network health monitoring and management
  • Scheduling algorithms for WSNs
  • Energy harvesting and energy management
  • Measurements and models for coverage, connectivity, and energy consumption of WSNs
  • Applications and deployment experiences (health, atmospheric pollution, smart cities, vehicular, domotics, submarine, etc.)

Prof. Dr. Abdelhamid Mellouk
Dr. Mustapha Reda Senouci
Prof. Dr. Nidal Nasser
Dr. Hai Anh Tran
Guest Editors

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  • wireless sensor networks
  • practical experimentation
  • deployment
  • sensor placement
  • coverage
  • connectivity
  • 3D terrains
  • scalability
  • real-life WSN application

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An Effective Sensor Deployment Scheme that Ensures Multilevel Coverage of Wireless Sensor Networks with Uncertain Properties
Sensors 2020, 20(7), 1831; - 25 Mar 2020
The coverage problem is a fundamental problem for almost all applications in wireless sensor networks (WSNs). Many applications even impose the requirement of multilevel (k) coverage of the region of interest (ROI). In this paper, we consider WSNs with uncertain properties. [...] Read more.
The coverage problem is a fundamental problem for almost all applications in wireless sensor networks (WSNs). Many applications even impose the requirement of multilevel (k) coverage of the region of interest (ROI). In this paper, we consider WSNs with uncertain properties. More precisely, we consider WSNs under the probabilistic sensing model, in which the detection probability of a sensor node decays as the distance between the target and the sensor node increases. The difficulty we encountered is that there is no unified definition of k-coverage under the probabilistic sensing model. We overcome this difficulty by proposing a “reasonable” definition of k-coverage under such a model. We propose a sensor deployment scheme that uses less number of deployed sensor nodes while ensuring good coverage qualities so that (i) the resultant WSN is connected and (ii) the detection probability satisfies a predefined threshold p th , where 0 < p th < 1 . Our scheme uses a novel “zone 1 and zone 1–2” strategy, where zone 1 and zone 2 are a sensor node’s sensing regions that have the highest and the second highest detection probability, respectively, and zone 1–2 is the union of zones 1 and 2. The experimental results demonstrate the effectiveness of our scheme. Full article
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