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Platform for autonomous self-deploying and operation of wireless sensor-actuator networks cooperation

Project Manager CTIT: Dr. Paul Havinga
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS)
Tel.: +31 53 4894619
Email: havinga@cs.utwente.nl

Project website: http://www.aware-project.net/

Project Summary

The general objective of the project is the design, development and experimentation of a platform providing the middleware and the functionalities required for the cooperation among aerial flying objects, i.e. autonomous helicopters, and a ground sensor-actuator wireless network, including mobile nodes carried by people and vehicles. The platform will enable the operation in sites with difficult access and without communication infrastructure. Then, the project considers the self-deploying of the network by means of autonomous helicopters with the ability to transport and deploy loads (communication equipment and nodes of the ground network). To reach the above mentioned main goal, the project has the following technical objectives:

  1. Develop a scalable and self-organizing ground sensor network;
  2. Develop the architecture and middleware required for the cooperation of the heterogeneous objects including aerial vehicles, static sensor-actuator nodes, and mobile nodes carried by ground vehicles and people;
  3. Develop network-centric functionalities for the system operation, including the development of perception techniques and the reliable co-operation based on the explicit consideration of the main sources of failures in the network operation; 4) Develop new cooperation techniques for tasks requiring strong interactions among vehicles and between vehicles and the environment, such as lifting and transporting the same load with several UAVs. In order to verify the success in reaching the objectives, the project considers the validation in two different applications: Filming dynamically evolving scenes with mobile objects, and Civil Security/Disaster Management. Three general experiments in a common scenario will be conducted in order to integrate the system and test the functionalities required for the above validations. The expected results and techniques will be transferable to many potential applications involving wireless networking of heterogeneous objects.

Aware publications

Project duration: 3 years / 2006-2009
Project budget: 3.6 M-€ / 2.4 M-€ funding
Number of person/years: not yet known
Project Coordinator: AICA, Sevilla
Participants: AICA – Sevilla, TU Berlin, Flying-Cam SA, University of Stuttgart, SELEX Sensors and Airborne Systems, ITURRI S.A.
Project budget CTIT: 615 k-€ / 309 k-€ funding
Number of person/years CTIT: not yet known
Involved groups: Pervasive Systems