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A Study of Mobility Models in Mobile Surveillance Systems

This thesis explores the role mobile sensor's mobility model and how it affects surveillance system performance in term of area coverage and detection effectiveness. Several algorithms which are categorized into three types, namely, fully coordinated mobility, fully random mobility and emergent mobility models are discussed with their advantages and limitations.

A multi-agent platform to organize mobile sensor nodes, control nodes and actor nodes
was implemented. It demonstrated great flexibility and was favourable for its distributed, autonomous and cooperative problem-solving characters.

Realistic scenarios which are based on three KheperaIII mobile robots and a model which mimics Waterloo regional airport were used to examine the implementation platform and evaluate performance of different mobility algorithms. Several practical issues related
to software configurations and interface library were addressed as by-products.

The experimental results from both simulation and real platform show that the area coverage and the detection effectiveness vary with applying different mobility models. Fully coordinated model's super efficiency comes with carefully task planning and high requirements of sensor navigational accuracy. Fully random model is the least efficient in area coverage and detection because of the repetitive searching of each sensor and among sensors.

A self-organizing algorithm named anti-flocking which mimics solitary animal's social behaviour was first proposed. It works based on quite simple rules for achieving purposeful coordinated group action without explicit global control. Experimental results demonstrate its attractive target detection efficiency in term of both detection rate and detection time while providing desirable features such as scalability, robustness and adaptivity.

From the simulation results, the detection rate of the anti-flocking model increases by 36.5% and average detection time decreases by 46.2% comparing with the fully random motion model. The real platform results also reflect the superior performance improvement.
Date January 2010
CreatorsMiao, Yun-Qian
Source SetsUniversity of Waterloo Electronic Theses Repository
Detected LanguageEnglish
TypeThesis or Dissertation

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