The Sensor Organism

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Large-scale, distributed sensor networks are the projected weapon of choice for future pervasive computing applications such as, for example, envi- ronment monitoring, surveillance, (big) data mining and patient monitoring. However, state-of-the-art approaches face major challenges: specialized sen- sors are expensive and require careful calibration. Hardware sensors operating
in uncertain, harsh environments eventually suffer from stress, ageing and phys- ical damage, which leads to unforeseen effects that can render the device and the data recorded useless. Highly-tuned data processing algorithms are often not scalable and are not robust against faulty sensors delivering wrong data. Gener- ally, systems can only adapt, if at all, in some predefined limited ways and are not capable of autonomously “inventing” new ways of adapting to unexpected changes in their internal and external environment.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventYork Doctoral Symposium - York, United Kingdom
Duration: 28 Oct 201528 Oct 2015


ConferenceYork Doctoral Symposium
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • artificial immune system
  • evolvable hardware
  • sensor organism
  • fault tolerance
  • adaptive systems

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