Kurt W. Derr

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Mobile Ad hoc NETworks (MANETs) are distributed self-organizing networks that can change locations and configure themselves on the fly. This paper focuses on an algorithmic approach for the deployment of a MANET within an enclosed area, such as a building in a disaster scenario, which can provide a robust communication infrastructure for search and rescue(More)
Multiple small robots (swarms) can work together using Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) to perform tasks that are difficult or impossible for a single robot to accomplish. The problem considered in this paper is exploration of an unknown environment with the goal of finding a target(s) at an unknown location(s) using multiple small mobile robots. This work(More)
A mobile ad hoc network is a collection of independent nodes that communicate wirelessly with one another. This paper investigates nodes that are swarm robots with communications and sensing capabilities. Each robot in the swarm may operate in a distributed and decentralized manner to achieve some goal. This paper presents a novel approach to dynamically(More)
Location Based Services (LBS), context aware applications, and people and object tracking depend on the ability to locate mobile devices, also known as localization, in the wireless landscape. Localization enables a diverse set of applications that include, but are not limited to, vehicle guidance in an industrial environment, security monitoring,(More)
This is the second of a two-part investigation of the generation of wireless sensor network (WSN) configurations that: 1) maximize coverage of irregular shaped polygonal areas and 2) maintain a high degree of node connectivity. The first-part of the investigation presented centralized algorithms for the generation of mesh (wireless sensor) network(More)
Fast, effective monitoring following airborne releases of toxic substances is critical to mitigate risks to threatened population areas. Electrically powered systems in industrial settings require monitoring of emitted electromagnetic fields to determine the status of the equipment and ensure their safe operation. In situations such as these, wireless(More)
Wireless technology is a central component of many factory automation infrastructures in both the commercial and government sectors, providing connectivity among various components in industrial realms (distributed sensors, machines, mobile process controllers). However wireless technologies provide more threats to computer security than wired environments.(More)
Time and location data play a very significant role in a variety of factory automation scenarios, such as automated vehicles and robots, their navigation, tracking, and monitoring, to services of optimization and security. Pervasive wireless capabilities combined with time and location information are enabling new applications in areas such as(More)
This is the first of a two-part investigation of centralized and decentralized approaches for determining the optimal configuration of a sensor network. In this first part, we present a centralized approach for the generation of mesh (wireless sensor) network configurations that provide complete sensing coverage and communication connectivity of a domain. A(More)