Decentralized random-field estimation for sensor networks
using quantized spatially correlated data and fusion-center feedback

A. Dogandžić and K. Qiu

IEEE Trans. Signal Processing, vol. 56, pp. 6069-6085, Dec. 2008.

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In large-scale wireless sensor networks, sensor-processor elements (nodes) are densely deployed to monitor the environment;
consequently, their observations form a random field that is highly correlated in space. We consider a fusion sensor-network
architecture where, due to the bandwidth and energy constraints, the nodes transmit quantized data to a fusion center. The fusion
center provides feedback by broadcasting summary information to the nodes. In addition to saving energy, this feedback ensures
reliability and robustness to node and fusion-center failures. We assume that the sensor observations follow a linear-regression
model with known spatial covariances between any two locations within a region of interest. We propose a Bayesian framework
for adaptive quantization, fusion-center feedback, and estimation of the random field and its parameters. We also derive a simple
suboptimal scheme for estimating the unknown parameters, apply our estimation approach to the no-feedback scenario, discuss
field prediction at arbitrary locations within the region of interest, and present numerical examples demonstrating the performance
of the proposed methods.

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