Energy-efficient joint estimation in sensor networks: Analog vs. Digital

Shuguang Cui, Jin Jun Xiao, Andrea J. Goldsmith, Zhi Quan Luo, H. Vincent Poor

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Sensor networks in which energy is a limited resource so that energy consumption must be minimized for the intended application are considered. In this context, an energy-efficient method for the joint estimation of an unknown analog source under a given distortion constraint is proposed. The approach is purely analog, in which each sensor simply amplifies and forwards the noise-corrupted analog observation to the fusion center for joint estimation. The total transmission power across all the sensor nodes is minimized while satisfying a distortion requirement on the joint estimate. The energy efficiency of this analog approach is compared with previously proposed digital approaches with and without coding. It is shown in our simulation that the analog approach is more energy-efficient than the digital system without coding, and in some cases outperforms the digital system with optimal coding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2005 IEEE ICASSP '05 - Proc. - Design and Implementation of Signal Proces.Syst.,Indust. Technol. Track,Machine Learning for Signal Proces. Signal Proces. Education, Spec. Sessions
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)0780388747, 9780780388741
StatePublished - 2005
Event2005 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP '05 - Philadelphia, PA, United States
Duration: Mar 18 2005Mar 23 2005

Publication series

NameICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1520-6149


Other2005 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP '05
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia, PA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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