In-Situ Calibration of Sensor Networks for Distributed Detection Applications


G. Fabeck, R. Mathar,


        In this paper, we present algorithms for in-situ calibration of sensor networks for distributed detection in the parallel fusion architecture. The wireless sensors act as local detectors and transmit preliminary detection results to an access point or fusion center for decision combining. In order to implement an optimal fusion center, both the performance parameters of each local detector (i.e., its probability of false alarm and probability of miss) as well as the wireless channel conditions must be known.
However, in real-world applications these statistics may be unknown or vary in time. In our approach, the fusion center receives a collection of labeled samples from the sensor nodes after deployment of the network and calibrates the impact of individual sensors on the final detection result. In the case that local sensor decisions are independent, we employ maximum likelihood parameter estimation techniques, whereas in the case of arbitrarily correlated sensor outputs, we use the method of kernel smoothing. The obtained fusion rules
are both asymptotically optimal and show good performance for finite sample sizes.

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	author = {Gernot Fabeck and Rudolf Mathar},
	title = "In-Situ Calibration of Sensor Networks for Distributed Detection Applications",
	pages = "161-166",
	booktitle = "ISSNIP",
	address = {Melbourne},
	month = Dec,
	year = 2007,


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