Authors: Shawn A. Bohner, Bradley Hartman, Mohamed Eltoweissy, Denis Gracanin
Addresses: Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN 47803, USA. ' The Aerospace Corporation, Computers and Software Division, Engineering Technology Group, Chantilly, VA 20151, USA. ' Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA 99352, USA. ' Department of Computer Science of Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA
Abstract: Advances in Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) are fuelling highly distributed wireless sensors organised for increasingly complex tasks. WSNs will soon evolve beyond current data, network, and resource-oriented architectures. Autonomous and collaborative agents provide relevant parallels for more sophisticated tasking. Agent-based systems present a viable architecture for responding to layers of distributed tasking exhibited by WSNs. They map readily to the Service-Oriented WSN (SOWSN) model layers (mission, network, region, sensor, and capability). This paper explores the synergy between WSN and agent technologies to manage growing complexity of future sensor network applications, revealing key parallels that lend themselves to emergent applications.
Keywords: agent architectures; software agents; WSNs; wireless sensor networks; service-oriented architecture; SOA; multi-agent systems; MAS; agent-based systems; wireless networks.
International Journal of Wireless and Mobile Computing, 2010 Vol.4 No.3, pp.218 - 227
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