We explore synergies among mobile robots and wireless sensor networks in environmental monitoring through a system in which robotic data mules collect measurements gathered by sensing nodes. A proof-of-concept implementation demonstrates that this approach significantly increases the lifetime of the system by conserving energy that the sensing nodes otherwise would use for communication.
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ANDREAS TERZIS (firstname.lastname@example.org) is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University, where he heads the Hopkins InterNetworking Research (HiNRG) Group. His research interests are in the broad area of wireless sensor networks, including protocol design, system support, and data management. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award.
Volkan Isler and Onur Tekdas were at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute when this work was performed. Their work is supported in part by NSF IIS-0745537, NSF CCF-0634823, and NSF CNS-0707939.