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Robotic Wireless Sensor Network (RWSN) design to enhance the sensing capability of Robotic systems via WSN for IoT Robotic applications


   Faculty of Engineering, Computing and the Environment

   Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Robotics and Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) used together synergistically offer endless possibilities. In critical applications robots can benefit from the enhanced sensing capability offered by WSNs over large volumes of interest, whether it is for fire detection in a forest, pollution monitoring, oil leaks in subsea pipes, gas leaks in a large warehouse or agricultural applications. Similarly, WSNs can take assistance from robots for some of the crucial tasks like deployment of sensor nodes in human-unfriendly environments, servicing to extend the lifetime of the network, data aggregation in larger volumes and effective localization of sensor nodes etc. With advances in robotics such as humanoids robots, nanobots and the Internet of Things Robotics and Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) used together synergistically offer endless possibilities. In critical applications robots can benefit from the enhanced sensing capability offered by WSNs over large volumes of interest, whether it is for fire detection in a forest, pollution monitoring, oil leaks in subsea pipes, gas leaks in a large warehouse or agricultural applications. Similarly, WSNs can take assistance from robots for some of the crucial tasks like deployment of sensor nodes in human-unfriendly environments, servicing to extend the lifetime of the network, data aggregation in larger volumes and effective localization of sensor nodes etc. With advances in robotics such as humanoids robots, nanobots and the Internet of Things  (IoT), WSNs will play a vital role to enhance the capabilities of these technologies for cooperative operations on larger scale.

A WSN consists of spatially distributed sensor nodes that perform collaborative sensing by forwarding the sensed data wirelessly from one to another through the network to the destination node. The prime purpose of these sensor nodes is to provide full sensing as well as transmission coverage of the monitored region. Adding robotics to the WSN will enhance its capability by providing a capacity to not only co-operatively monitor but also perform crucial tasks based on the monitored data.

The project will involve the design of a RWSN. Some of the tasks to be carried out may involve robotic path planning and localization in WSN, robotic co-ordination with WSN and advanced sensing in robots via WSN. The selected candidate will develop skills in the area of robotic design, analysis and advanced sensing in robots using WSNs.

This project would suit particularly graduates with a background in engineering, computer science, applied physics or related areas and will provide employability skills applicable in wide range of disciplines from mechatronic engineering and robotics to process engineering, agricultural engineering and sustainable development.


Funding Notes

No funding is available for this project

References

Huang, H., Savkin, A.V., Ding, M. and Huang, C., 2019. Mobile robots in wireless sensor networks: A survey on tasks. Computer Networks, 148, pp.1-19.
Cheng, L., Wu, C.D. and Zhang, Y.Z., 2011. Indoor robot localization based on wireless sensor networks. IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics, 57(3), pp.1099-1104.
Ghosh, P., Gasparri, A., Jin, J. and Krishnamachari, B., 2019. Robotic wireless sensor networks. In Mission-Oriented Sensor Networks and Systems: Art and Science (pp. 545-595). Springer, Cham.

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