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Water Flow Driven Sensor Networks for Leakage and Contamination Monitoring in Distribution Pipelines

In this article, we introduce the concept of Water Flow Driven Sensor Networks for leakage and... (more)

Towards Profit Optimization During Online Participant Selection in Compressive Mobile Crowdsensing

A mobile crowdsensing (MCS) platform motivates employing participants from the crowd to complete... (more)

Robust Optimal Selection of Radio Type and Transmission Power for Internet of Things

Research efforts over the last few decades produced multiple wireless technologies, which are readily available to support communication between... (more)

One-Hop Out-of-Band Control Planes for Multi-Hop Wireless Sensor Networks

Separation of Control and Data Planes (SCDP) is a desirable paradigm for low-power multi-hop wireless sensor networks requiring high network... (more)

DICTUM: Distributed Irrigation aCtuation with Turf hUmidity Modeling

Lawns make up the largest irrigated crop by surface area in North America and carry with it a demand for over 7B gallons of freshwater each day. Despite recent developments in irrigation control and sprinkler technology, state-of-the-art irrigation systems do nothing to compensate for areas of turf... (more)

Efficient Indoor Localization Based on Geomagnetism

Geomagnetism is promising for indoor localization due to its omnipresence, high stability, and availability of magnetometers in smartphones. Previous... (more)

Dominating Sets Construction in RF-based Battery-free Sensor Networks with Full Coverage Guarantee

A new network architecture, named as RF-based battery-free sensor network, was proposed in recent... (more)

AirContour: Building Contour-based Model for In-Air Writing Gesture Recognition

Recognizing in-air hand gestures will benefit a wide range of applications such as sign-language recognition, remote control with hand gestures, and “writing” in the air as a new way of text input. This article presents AirContour, which focuses on in-air writing gesture recognition with a wrist-worn device. We propose a novel... (more)

BikeGPS: Localizing Shared Bikes in Street Canyons with Low-level GPS Cooperation

The past few years have witnessed a rapid growth of stationless bike sharing services. The service allows the bikes to be dropped off freely and to be found through GPS localization. In practice, the bikes are often parked in close proximity to buildings, where GPS accuracy suffers, making bike search a challenging task. This article proposes a... (more)

Blind Joint 2-D DOA/Symbols Estimation for 3-D Millimeter Wave Massive MIMO Communication Systems

By using a large number of antenna (sensor) elements at the receivers, massive multi-input... (more)

Whisper: Fast Flooding for Low-Power Wireless Networks

This article presents Whisper, a fast and reliable protocol to flood small amounts of data into a multi-hop network. Whisper makes use of synchronous transmissions, a technique first introduced by the Glossy flooding protocol. In contrast to Glossy, Whisper does not let the radio switch from receive to transmit mode between messages. Instead, it... (more)

Fast Charging Scheduling under the Nonlinear Superposition Model with Adjustable Phases

Wireless energy transfer has been widely studied in recent decades, with existing works mainly focused on maximizing network lifetime, optimizing... (more)


About TOSN

TOSN publishes original research papers (approximately 30-40 printed pages each in ACM Transaction style) and tutorial and survey papers (approximately 30-50 printed pages each). We also accept short technical notes that focus on industrial technologies and practical experience.
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Forthcoming Articles
In-bed Body Motion Detection and Classification System

In-bed motion detection and classification are important techniques that can enable an array of applications, among which are sleep monitoring and abnormal movement detection. In this paper, we present a low-cost, low-overhead, and highly robust system for in-bed movement detection and classification that uses low-end load cells. To detect movements, we have designed a feature which we refer to as Log-Peak, that can be extracted from load cell data which is collected through wireless links in an energy-efficient manner. After detection, we set out to achieve a precise body motion classification. Towards this goal, we define 9 classes of movements, and design a machine learning algorithm using Support Vector Machine (SVM), Random Forest, and XGBoost techniques to classify a movement into one of 9 classes. For every movement, we have extracted 24 features and used them in our model. This movement detection/classification system was evaluated on data collected from 40 subjects who performed 35 predefined movements in each experiment. We have applied multiple tree topologies for each technique to reach their best results. After examining various combinations, we have achieved the final classification accuracy of 91.5 %. This system can be used conveniently for long-term home monitoring.

OPCIO: Optimizing Power Consumption for Embedded Devices via GPIO configuration

Battery lifetime is one of the main challenges that impedes the deployment of energy-constrained wireless networks, such as unattended Internet-of-Things (IoT) systems. To prolong battery lifetime, duty-cycle mode is utilized in many IoT systems, especially in environment monitoring wireless sensor networks (WSN) and low-power wide-area networks (LPWAN). In duty-cycle mode, devices transmit packets during the active phase which lasts for a short time while sleep in the rest of the time. Prior researches mainly focus on energy efficiency in the active phase, energy consumption during the sleep phase, however, is always ignored as it is assumed to have little margin to be optimized. In this work, we reveal that sleep phase can become a significant battery consumer due to the mis-configuration of General-Purpose Input/ Output (GPIO) pins of micro-controllers. We propose OPCIO, which incorporates a genetic algorithm to obtain energy-efficient GPIO configurations automatically to squeeze the energy waste during the sleep phase. We prototype OPCIO on off-the-shelf devices and evaluate it on two ARM devices. Experiment results show that OPCIO can effectively find multiple low power configurations that prolong the lifespans up to 10 times.

An Urban Mobility Model with Buildings Involved: Bridging Theory to Practice

Urban Mobility Models (UMMs) are fundamental tools for estimating the population in urban sites and their spatial movements over time. Most existing UMMs were developed primarily in 2D. However, we argue that people's movements and living patterns involve 3D space, i.e., buildings, which can heavily affect the accuracy of UMMs. In this paper, we for the first time conduct a comprehensive study on the impacts of buildings on human movements and the effect on UMMs. We innovatively capture the impacts by developing a Semi-absorbing Urban Mobility model (SUM) and theoretically prove its properties on its difference from that of previous UMMs. We also show that calibrating our original SUM may need a large number of parameters. As such, we develop two SUM extensions with a substantially reduced number of parameters, making calibration practical. Our evaluation also demonstrates that, as a basis for supporting mobile applications in an intracity and hourly scale, the SUM is far superior to previous UMMs. In a case study, we also show that the performance of the resource allocation scheme in a cellular network substantially improves by using SUM, with a reduction in the packet loss probability of 3.19 times.

Computation Offloading with Multiple Agents in Edge Computing-supported IoT

With the development of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the birth of various new IoT devices, the capacity of massive IoT devices is facing challenges. Fortunately, edge computing can optimize problems such as delay and connectivity by offloading part of the computational tasks to edge nodes close to the data source. Using this feature, IoT devices can save more resources while still maintaining the quality of service. However, since computation offloading decisions concern joint and complex resource management, we use multiple Deep Reinforcement Learning (DRL) agents deployed on IoT devices to guide their own decisions. Besides, Federated Learning (FL) is utilized to train DRL agents in a distributed fashion, aiming to make the DRL-based decision making practical and further decrease the transmission cost between IoT devices and Edge Nodes. In this paper, we first study the problem of computation offloading optimization and prove the problem is an NP-hard problem. Then, based on DRL and FL, we propose an offloading algorithm that is different from the traditional method. Finally, we studied the effects of various parameters on the performance of the algorithm and verified the effectiveness of both the DRL and FL in the IoT system.

Driving Lane Detection on Smartphones using Deep Neural Networks

Current smartphone-based navigation applications fail to provide lane-level information due to poor GPS accuracy. Detecting and tracking a vehicle's lane position on the road assists in lane-level navigation. For instance, it would be important to know whether a vehicle is in the correct lane for safely making a turn, or whether the vehicle's speed is compliant with a lane-specific speed limit. Recent efforts have used road network information and inertial sensors to estimate lane position. While inertial sensors can detect lane shifts over short windows, it would suffer from error accumulation over time. In this paper we present DeepLane, a system that leverages the back camera of a windshield-mounted smartphone to provide an accurate estimate of the vehicle's current lane. We employ a deep learning based technique to classify the vehicle's lane position. DeepLane does not depend on any infrastructure support such as lane markings and works even when there are no lane markings, a characteristic of many roads in developing regions. We perform extensive evaluation of DeepLane on real world datasets collected in developed and developing regions. DeepLane can detect vehicle's lane position with an accuracy of over 90% and we have implemented DeepLane as an Android-app.

Smartphone-Based SpO2 Measurement by Exploiting Wavelengths Separation And Chromophore Compensation

Patients with respiratory diseases require accurately measuring and frequently monitoring blood oxygen level. Existing techniques however either need a dedicated hardware or fails to predict low saturation levels. To fill in this gap, we propose a phone-based oxygen level estimation system, called PhO2, using camera and flashlight functions that are readily available on today's off-the-shelf smartphones. Since phone's camera and flashlight are not made for this purpose, utilizing them for oxygen level estimation poses many difficulties. We introduce a cost-effective add-on together with a set of algorithms for spatial and spectral optical signal modulation to amplify the optical signal of interest while minimizing noise. A near field-based pressure detection and feedback mechanism are also proposed to mitigate the negative impacts of user's behavior during the measurement. We also derive a non-linear referencing model with an outlier removal technique that allows PhO2 to accurately estimate the oxygen level from color intensity ratios produced by smartphone's camera. An evaluation on COTS smartphone with 6 subjects shows that PhO2 can estimate the oxygen saturation within 3.5% error rate comparing to FDA-approved gold standard pulse oximetry. In addition, our evaluation in hospitals presents high correlation with ground-truth qualified by the 0.83/1.0 Kendall Ä coefficient

OPTICS: OPTimizing Irrigation Control at Scale

Lawns, also known as turf, cover an estimated 128,000 square kilometers in North America alone, with landscape requirements representing 30% of freshwater consumed in the residential domain. With this consumption comes a large amount of environmental, economic, and social incentive to make turf irrigation systems as efficient as possible. Recent work introduced the concept of distributed control in irrigation systems, but existing control strategies either do not take advantage of the distributed control, or don?t revise the strategy over time in response to collected data. In this work, we introduce OPTICS, a data-driven control strategy that self-improves over time, adapts to the local specific conditions and weather changes, and requires virtually no human input in both setup and maintenance providing a plug-and-play system that requires minimal pre-deployment efforts. In addition to substantial improvements in ease-of-use, we find across 4 weeks of large-scale irrigation system deployment that OPTICS improves system efficiency by 12.0% in comparison to industry best and 3.3% in comparison to academic state-of-the-art. Despite using less water, OPTICS also was found to improve quality of service by a factor of 4.0x compared to industry best and 2.5x compared to academic state of the art.

Multi-sensor Adaptive Control System for IoT-empowered Smart Lighting with Oblivious Mobile Sensors

Internet-of-things (IoT) have created a new paradigm of integrated sensing and actuation systems. One viable application is that of IoT-empowered smart lighting systems, which provide automated illuminance control functions tailored to users' preferences. Despite the usefulness of these systems, practical deployment usually precludes the inclusion of sophisticated but costly location-aware sensors that are capable of mapping out the details of a dynamic environment. Instead, cheap oblivious mobile sensors are often utilized, which are plagued with uncertainty in the locations of sensors and light bulbs. The presence of these sensors impedes the design of effective smart lighting systems for uncertain indoor environments. In this article, we shed light on the adaptive control algorithms of smart lighting systems based on oblivious mobile sensors. We first formulate a general model capturing an oblivious multi-sensor illuminance control problem, and a robust adaptive control framework agnostic to a dynamic surrounding environment with unknown parameters. With this model, we devise efficient algorithms for an adaptive illuminance control system that can minimize energy consumption of light bulbs and satisfy users' preferences. Our algorithms are then studied under extensive empirical evaluations in a proof-of-concept smart lighting testbed system with programmable smart light bulbs and mobile light sensors.

Charge-aware Duty Cycling Methods for Wireless Systems under Energy Harvesting Heterogeneity

Recent works have designed systems containing tiny devices to communicate with harvested ambient energy, such as the ambient backscatter and renewable sensor networks. These systems often encounter the heterogeneity and randomness of the ambient energy. Meanwhile, the energy storage unit, such as battery or capacitor, has the inherent property: imperfect charging e!ciency !, which is usually low when the power of the ambient energy is weak or variable. These features bring new challenges to use the harvested energy e!ciently. This paper calls it as the stochastic duty cycling problem, and studies it under three cases: o"ine, online and correlated stochastic duty cycling, to maximize the utilization e!ciency. We design an o"ine algorithm1 for the o"ine case with optimal performance. By adding initial negotiation among devices, a correlated algorithm is presented with the approximation ratio 1 ! 1!p! 1+p! , and is better than the online algorithm theoretically. Experiment evaluation on our real energy harvesting system shows that the o"ine algorithm performs over the other two algorithms. The correlated algorithm may not perform over the online one under the impact of the three metrics: heterogeneity, charge e!ciency and energy harvesting probability.

PC-RPL: Joint Control of Routing Topology and Transmission Power in Real Low-Power Lossy Network

We present PC-RPL, a transmission power-controlled IPv6 routing protocol for low-power and lossy wireless networks (LLNs) that significantly improves the end-to-end packet delivery performance compared to the standard RPL. We show through actual design, implementation, and experiments that a multihop wireless network can achieve better bandwidth and routing stability when transmission power and routing topology are "jointly and adaptively" controlled. Our experiments show that the predominant "fixed and uniform" transmission power strategy with "link quality and hop distance"-based routing topology construction loses significant bandwidth due to hidden terminal and load imbalance problems. We design an adaptive and distributed control mechanism for transmission power and routing topology, named PC-RPL, on top of the standard RPL routing protocol for hidden terminal mitigation and load balancing. We implement PC-RPL on real embedded devices and evaluate its performance on a 49-node multihop testbed. PC-RPL reduces total end-to-end packet losses <7-fold without increasing hop distance compared to RPL with the highest transmission power, resulting in 17% improvement in aggregate bandwidth and 64% improvement for the worst-case node by successfully alleviating both hidden terminal and load imbalance problems.

Dynamic Task-Based Intermittent Execution for Energy-Harvesting Devices

Energy-neutral Internet of Things requires freeing embedded devices from batteries and powering them from ambient energy. Ambient energy is, however, unpredictable and can only power a device intermittently. Therefore, the paradigm of intermittent execution is to save the program state into non-volatile memory frequently to preserve the execution progress. In task-based intermittent programming, the state is saved at task transition. Tasks are fixed at compile-time and agnostic to energy conditions. Thus, the state may be saved either more often than necessary or not often enough for the program to progress and terminate. To address these challenges, we propose Coala, an adaptive and efficient task-based execution model. Coala progresses on a multi-task scale when energy permits and preserves the computation progress on a sub-task scale if necessary. Coala's specialized memory virtualization mechanism ensures that power failures do not leave the program state in non-volatile memory inconsistent. Our evaluation on a real energy-harvesting platform not only shows that Coala reduces run time by up to 54% as compared to a state-of-the-art system, but also it is able to progress where static systems fail.

Smart Sensing, Communication, and Control in Perishable Food Supply Chain

Transportation and distribution (T&D) of fresh food products is a substantial and increasing part of the economic activity throughout the world. Unfortunately, fresh food T&D not only suffers from significant spoilage and waste, but also from dismal efficiency due to tight transit timing constraints between the the availability of harvested food until its delivery to the retailer. Fresh food is also easily contaminated, and together with deteriorated fresh food is responsible for much of Food Borne Illnesses. The logistics operations are ongoing rapid transformation on multiple fronts including infusion of information technology in the logistics operations, automation in the physical product handling, standardization of labeling, addressing and packaging, and shared logistics operations under 3rd party-logistics (3PL) and related models. In this paper, we discuss how these developments can be exploited to turn fresh food logistics into an intelligent cyberphysical system driven by online monitoring and associated operational control to enhance food freshness and safety, reduce food waste, and increase T&D efficiency. Some of the issues discussed in this context are fresh food quality deterioration processes, food quality/contamination sensing technologies, communication technologies for transmitting sensed data through the challenging fresh food media, intelligent management of T&D pipeline, and other operational issues.

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