Dynamic path determination of mobile beacons employing reinforcement learning for wireless sensor localization

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Proceedings - 26th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications Workshops, WAINA 2012, 2012, pp. 760 - 765
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Wireless sensor networks (WSN) are extensively applied in civil and military areas. Localization is an essential prerequisite for many WSN applications, and is often based on beacons that provide geographical information in real time. Mobile Beacons (MB) can be used to replace many static beacons with paths that can be controlled in real-time. Robotic and/or flight vehicles can work as MBs. In this paper we consider the use of reinforcement learning (RL) (a significant branch of machine learning) to control MBs. Usually, RL needs an infinite series of episodes to determine an optimal policy. We propose however a method of localization employing mobile beacon whose behavior will be controlled by an adapted RL algorithm. A MB learns and makes decisions based on weighted information collected from unknown sensors. Simulation results show that the adapted RL algorithm provides sufficient information to the MB to localise unknown sensors in a lightweight but effective way. © 2012 IEEE.
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