WISECART proposes a drastically new concept for the design of future wireless heterogeneous networks, including both mobile terminals and different types of devices in the context of Wireless Sensor Networks and the emerging paradigms of Internet-of-Things and Cyber-physical Systems, in order to meet the extremely demanding future societal needs. The main idea is to provide wireless heterogeneous networks and devices with the autonomous capability to form highly adaptive collectively social intelligent local mesh-type formations, by means also of novel machine learning algorithms. The operational parameters of the network (from physical to network layer) are adjusted according to their interaction with the environment, energy availability and, most importantly, on the communication needs established by either a user or a collection of socially engaged users and devices. The new concept of Club, along with Spectrum Cartography, makes this research ground-breaking. This requires wireless devices and networks to have the following challenging features (not currently present today): a) endowment with some native social intelligence across all the communication layers, not only at the application layer as in current solutions, b) full capability to coordinate locally, in a self-organized manner, the space-time-frequency radio resources, providing high flexibility,robustness and reactivity to dynamic rapid changes in local radio activity and heterogeneous traffic demands; c) much higher degree of decentralization for coordination mechanisms in these networks, which in turn requires also a joint energy-aware optimization of the distributed sensing, computation and communication tasks across the nodes, instead of treating them as separate optimization problems, as in previous work. Experimental evaluation will be performed through both simulations and by constructing a wireless network demonstrator composed of heterogeneous terminals with sensing, cognitive and reactive capabilities.
Project leader: Baltasar Beferull-Lozano
Institution: Institutt for IKT