Adaptive routing using emergent protocols in wireless ad hoc sensor networks

Richard Brooks, Matthew Pirretti, Mengxia Zhu, S. S. Iyengar

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articlepeer-review

2 Scopus citations


This paper presents distributed adaptation techniques for use in wireless sensor networks. As an example application we consider data routing by a sensor network in an urban terrain. The adaptation methods are based on ideas from physics, biology, and chemistry. All approaches are emergent behaviors in that they: (i) perform global adaptation using only locally available information, (ii) have strong stochastic components, and (iii) use both positive and negative feedback to steer themselves. We analyze the approaches' ability to adapt, robustness to internal errors, and power consumption. Comparisons to standard wireless communications techniques are given.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-208
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2003
EventAdvanced Signal Processing Algorithms, Architectures, and Implementations - San Diego, USA, United States
Duration: 6 Aug 20038 Aug 2003


  • Adaptation
  • Emergence
  • Sensor networks


Dive into the research topics of 'Adaptive routing using emergent protocols in wireless ad hoc sensor networks'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this