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Challenge NASA Challenge: Coordination of Sensor Swarms for Extraterrestrial Research
NASA Challenge: Coordination of Sensor Swarms for Extraterrestrial Research
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 420
Posted: Feb 27 2010
Challenge ID: 9232382
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In the future NASA hopes to deploy swarms of sensors in order to collect sophisticated datasets in extraterrestrial environments. The Seeker would like help in determining the optimal methods of coordinating the activity and locomotion of the sensor swarm.
Sensor swarms are an exciting frontier of research since they require improvements in several technology areas. In addition to hardware advances needed in miniaturization, communication and powering individual sensors, the WAY in which the data is collected and communicated on a massive scale, to the end user poses a huge challenge. Research in the area of Sensor Networks has addressed this problem, but a much more revolutionary idea is the concept of Sensor Swarming, where the swarm itself exhibits ’emergent behavior’ or ’intelligence’. This Challenge asks solvers to develop and simulate a high performing sensor swarm coordinate protocol. More details can be found within this Challenge’s Detailed Description.
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