ROSES – Robot Assisted Sensor Networks


The development and the control of self-organizing, self-configuring, self-healing, self-managing, and adaptive communication systems and networks are primary research aspects of the Autonomous Systems group at the chair for Computer Networks and Communication Systems.
The employed embedded Systems, e.g. sensor motes and mobile robots, are getting smaller, more mobile, and more energy aware. Novel mechanisms in operating systems, in the communication infrastructure, and in applications provide enormous energy savings. Sensor motes are used e.g. for the collection, the processing, and the communication of measurement data. Another research aspect of our group is the combination of mobile robot systems with stationary sensor networks. Such mobility enhancements as well as the limited resources in typical sensor networks lead to new problems, challenges, and solution spaces in terms of efficient data management and communication. In addition to engineering methods we investigate in bio-inspired methodologies learnt from cell and molecular biology to address these issues.

Research Goals

  • Energy efficient operation, communication, and navigation
  • Sensor assisted localization and navigation
  • Quality of service aware communication in heterogeneous mobile networks with dynamic topology
  • Optimized task allocation and communication based on application and energy constraints
  • Secure communication and data management in mobile sensor networks

Solution Space

  • Novel models for energy and application aware communication
  • Combination of different localization techniques for optimized high-precision navigation
  • Bio-inspired communication methods for information exchange and task allocation
  • Integration of mobile robots and stationary sensor nodes to autonomous mobile sensor/actuator networks

  • Project Period: 2004-10-01 - 2008-12-31

Project Members

Sponsored by

  1. Isabel Dietrich and Falko Dressler, "On the Lifetime of Wireless Sensor Networks," in ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks (TOSN) vol. 5 (1), pp. 1-39, 2009  
  2. Falko Dressler, Moritz Strübe, Rüdiger Kapitza and Wolfgang Schröder-Preikschat, "Dynamic Software Management on BTnode Sensors," Proc. of 4th IEEE/ACM Intern. Conf. on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems, Intern. Workshop on Sensor Network Engineering, Santorini Island, Greece, pp. 9-14, June 2008
  3. Christoph Sommer, Isabel Dietrich and Falko Dressler, "A Simulation Model of DYMO for Ad Hoc Routing in OMNeT++," Proc. of 1st ACM/ICST Intern. Conf. on Simulation Tools and Techniques for Communications, Networks and Systems : 1st ACM/ICST Intern. Workshop on OMNeT++, Marseille, France, March 2008
  4. Feng Chen, Nan Wang, Reinhard German and Falko Dressler, "Performance Evaluation of IEEE 802.15.4 LR-WPAN for Industrial Applications," Proc. of 5th IEEE/IFIP Conference on Wireless On demand Network Systems and Services, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, pp. 89-96, January 2008
  5. Falko Dressler, "A Study of Self-Organization Mechanisms in Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks," in Elsevier Computer Communications vol. 31 (13), pp. 3018-3029, 2008  
  6. Falko Dressler, Isabel Dietrich, Reinhard German and Bettina Krüger, "Efficient Operation in Sensor and Actor Networks Inspired by Cellular Signaling Cascades," Proc. of 1st ICST/ACM Intern. Conf. on Autonomic Computing and Communication Systems, Rome, Italy, October 2007
  7. Abdalkarim Awad, Thorsten Frunzke and Falko Dressler, "Adaptive Distance Estimation and Localization in WSN using RSSI Measures," Proc. of 10th EUROMICRO Conference on Digital System Design - Architectures, Methods and Tools, Lübeck, Germany, pp. 471-478, August 2007  
  8. Sebastian Dengler, Abdalkarim Awad and Falko Dressler, "Sensor/Actuator Networks in Smart Homes for Supporting Elderly and Handicapped People," Proc. 21st IEEE Int. Conf. on Advanced Information Networking and Applications: First International Workshop on Smart Homes for Tele-Health, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, pp. 863-868, May 2007
  9. Falko Dressler, Rodrigo Nebel and Abdalkarim Awad, "Distributed Passive Monitoring in Sensor Networks," Proc. 26th Annual IEEE Conf. on Computer Communications, Anchorage, Alaska, USA, May 2007
  10. Thomas Halva Labella, Isabel Dietrich and Falko Dressler, "BARAKA: A Hybrid Simulator of SANETs," Proc. 2nd IEEE/ACM Int. Conf. on Communiation Systems Software and Middleware, Bangalore, India, January 2007
  11. Falko Dressler, Gerhard Fuchs, Sebastien Truchat, Zheng Yao, Zengyu Lu and Holger Marquart, "Profile-Matching Techniques for On-demand Software Management in Sensor Networks," in EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking (JWCN) Special Issue on Mobile Multi-Hop Ad Hoc Networks: from theory to reality vol. 2007 (Article ID 80619), pp. 10, 2007  
  12. Falko Dressler, "Self-Organization in Sensor and Actor Networks"Chichester, 2007  
  13. Martin Passing and Falko Dressler, "Practical Evaluation of the Performance Impact of Security Mechanisms in Sensor Networks," Proc. of 31st IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks : 1st IEEE International Workshop on Practical Issues in Building Sensor Network Applications, Tampa, Florida, USA, pp. 623-629, November 2006