February 4th, 2019: A new research-based book from Dr Adel Ben Mnaouer, Professor of Computer Engineering at Canadian University Dubai (CUD), has revealed solutions to help enhance robot cooperation and machine-to-machine processes in a range of low-power personal devices.
The cutting edge research is set in the context of the proliferation of everyday objects and physical appliances that are becoming internet-enabled. It aims to support the evolution of innovations such as autonomous vehicles and ubiquitous healthcare monitoring systems that rely on advanced sensor network technology.
The academic book entitled, ‘A Comparative Study between 6LoWPAN and BLE for M2M WSN Applications’, explores the optimum requirements to maximise the effectiveness of applications that rely on wireless sensor networks to support multi-agent-based intelligent systems, such as those emerging alongside the Internet of Things.
Dr Mnaouer explained, “As technologies advance we are discovering more ways to use robot or machine-based systems to advance or improve everyday tasks, and these systems rely on data gathering through wireless communication from one machine to another.
“In the case of remote healthcare, for example, sensing devices measuring the patient’s vital signs would need to communicate these datasets to another tasks-coordinating machine for analysis and early anomaly detection. What’s more, this process requires stringent synchronization, strict timeliness and meticulous accuracy, and the role played by wireless sensor networks in the cooperation between machines is of paramount importance.
"The end product of the use of this technology is that the healthcare provider (i.e., the medical doctor) will be able to remotely carry out his/her diagnosis and will be able to control the sensing devices by activating, deactivating, changing operational parameters etc. for much improved, focused healthcare provision.
“The book considers some of the key challenges in ensuring that the quality of service requirements for such wireless sensor networks are achieved, addressing concerns surrounding security, latency, mobility, energy efficiency and interoperability. It provides a comprehensive overview of the various hardware, computing, network and security, and performance requirements related to machine-to-machine processes.”
Dr Mnaouer adds his recent publication to an extensive portfolio of research activities and accolades that include four significant grants amounting to US$3.7 million to explore the application of wireless sensor technology in different scenarios including remote healthcare, structural integrity in the built environment, and air quality monitoring.