Using mobile robots to harvest data from sensor fields

Onur Tekdas, Volkan I Isler, Jong Hyun Lim, Andreas Terzis

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number4804365
Pages (from-to)22-28
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Wireless Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2009

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
ANDREAS TERZIS ( 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.

Funding Information:
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.


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