Optimized power allocation in nonlinear sensor networks via semidefinite programming

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IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference, 2010
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This paper presents an efficient technique for power allocation to the sensor nodes in a nonlinear sensor network (NSN). We minimize mean square error of the estimation of a random scalar parameter subject to a constraint on total amount of power consumed by the sensor nodes. This estimation is carried out at fusion center (FC) which receives the local observations from the sensors located at different positions. We convert the optimization problem into a convex one, and then use semidefinite programming to find the global optimal solution. The simulation results show that our approach outperforms the previous work both for the channel with white noise and the one with colored noise. The proposed strategy also gives better results in case of nonlinear model when compared to the strategy of assigning equal power to sensor nodes. ©2010 IEEE.
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