Multihop wireless networks will enable communication and coordination among autonomous nodes in unplanned environments and configurations. At the same time wireless channels present challenges of dynamic operating conditions, power constraints for autonomously-powered nodes, and complicating interactions between high level behavior and lower level channel characteristics.
The major goal of the research is to develop, test and characterize algorithms for scalable, application-driven, wireless network services using a heterogeneous collection of communicating mobile nodes. Some of these nodes will be autonomous (robots) in that their movements will not be human controlled. The others will be portable thus making them dependent on humans for transportation. While the focus of our work is on the mobile nodes, we include immobile computers on the network as well. We emphasize that most (though not all) of the mobile nodes will have modest sensing, computational and communication resources. The collection as a whole is an example of a wireless sensor network.A detailed project proposal can be found here in pdf and postscript format.