Zero-error function computation in sensor networks Conference Paper uri icon


  • We consider the problem of data harvesting in wireless sensor networks. A designated collector node seeks to compute a function of the sensor measurements. For a directed graph G = (V , ℰ) on the sensor nodes, we wish to determine the optimal encoders on each edge which achieve zero-error block computation of the function at the collector node. Our goal is to characterize the rate region in R |ℰ| . We start with the two node problem, and determine a necessary and sufficient condition for the encoder that yields the optimal alphabet, from which we then calculate the minimum worst case and average case complexity. We then extend this result to trees and derive a necessary and sufficient condition for the encoder on each edge. The further extension of these results to directed acyclic graphs is not immediate. We provide an outer bound on the rate region by finding the disambiguation requirements for each cut, and describe examples where this outer bound is tight. Finally, we consider a collocated network of nodes with a specified order of transmission. We determine a necessary and sufficient condition for each encoder which is based on the transmissions received, and show that the average case complexity of computing a type-threshold function is Θ(1), in comparison to the worst case complexity of Θ(logn). ©2009 IEEE.

name of conference

  • 2009 Joint 48th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC) and 28th Chinese Control Conference (CCC)

published proceedings

  • Proceedings of the 48h IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC) held jointly with 2009 28th Chinese Control Conference

author list (cited authors)

  • Kowshik, H., & Kumar, P. R

citation count

  • 18

complete list of authors

  • Kowshik, Hemant||Kumar, PR

publication date

  • December 2009