Open Systems Laboratory at Illinois

Probabilistic assessment of high-throughput wireless sensor networks

By Robin E. Kim, Kirill Mechitov, Sung-Han Sim, Billie F. Spencer, and Junho Song. Sensors, 2016.

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Structural health monitoring (SHM) using wireless smart sensors (WSS) has the potential to provide rich information on the state of a structure. However, because of their distributed nature, maintaining highly robust and reliable networks can be challenging. Assessing WSS network communication quality before and after finalizing a deployment is critical to achieve a successful WSS network for SHM purposes. Early studies on WSS network reliability mostly used temporal signal indicators, composed of a smaller number of packets, to assess the network reliability. However, because the WSS networks for SHM purpose often require high data throughput, i.e., a larger number of packets are delivered within the communication, such an approach is not sufficient. Instead, in this study, a model that can assess, probabilistically, the long-term performance of the network is proposed. The proposed model is based on readily-available measured data sets that represent communication quality during high-throughput data transfer. Then, an empirical limit-state function is determined, which is further used to estimate the probability of network communication failure. Monte Carlo simulation is adopted in this paper and applied to a small and a full-bridge wireless networks. By performing the proposed analysis in complex sensor networks, an optimized sensor topology can be achieved.


    author = "Kim, Robin E. and Mechitov, Kirill and Sim, Sung-Han
              and Spencer, Billie F. and Song, Junho",
    title = "Probabilistic Assessment of High-Throughput Wireless
             Sensor Networks",
    article-number = "792",
    doi = "10.3390/s16060792",
    issn = "1424-8220",
    journal = "Sensors",
    number = "6",
    url = "",
    volume = "16",
    year = "2016",