Distributed source coding schemes for wireless sensor networks

  • Zuoyin Tang

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Recent advances in micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) fabrication have made it possible to construct miniature devices containing an embedded system with strong computing capabilities. New generations of low cost sensor nodes can be created small with powerful computing and sensing capabilities. The small sensor nodes together with distributed wireless networking techniques enable the creation of innovative self-organized and peer-to-peer large scale wireless sensor networks (WSNs). A coordinated network of sensor nodes can perform distributed sensing of environmental phenomena over large-scale physical spaces and enable reliable monitoring and control in various applications. WSNs provide bridges between the virtual world of information technology and the real physical world. They represent a fundamental paradigm shift from traditional inter-human personal communications to autonomous inter-device communications. This thesis investigates the problems of target detection and tracking in WSNs. WSNs have some unique advantages over traditional sensor networks. However, the severe scarcity of power, communication and computation resources imposes some major challenges on the design and applications of distributed protocols for WSNs. In particular, this thesis focuses on two aspects of remote target detection and tracking in WSNs: distributed source coding (DSC) and sensor node localization. The primary purpose is to improve the application performance while minimizing energy consumption and bandwidth overhead.
Date of Award1 Sept 2007
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Bath
SupervisorIan Glover (Supervisor) & Adrian Evans (Supervisor)


  • distributed source coding
  • wireless sensor networks

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