Adaptive hierarchical network structures for wireless sensor networks

Dimitrios Amaxilatis, Ioannis Chatzigiannakis, Shlomi Dolev, Christos Koninis, Apostolos Pyrgelis, Paul G. Spirakis

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Clustering is a crucial network design approach to enable large-scale wireless sensor networks (WSNs) deployments. A large variety of clustering approaches has been presented focusing on various aspect such as minimizing communication overhead, controlling the network topology etc. Simulations on such protocols are performed using theoretical models that are based on unrealistic assumptions like ideal wireless communication channels and perfect energy consumption estimations. With these assumptions taken for granted, theoretical models claim various performance milestones that cannot be achieved in realistic conditions. In this paper, we design a new clustering protocol that adapts to the changes in the environment and the needs and goals of the user applications. We provide a protocol that is deployable protocol in real WSNs. We apply our protocol in multiple indoors wireless sensor testbeds with multiple experimental scenarios to showcase scalability and trade-offs between network properties and configurable protocol parameters. By analysis of the real world experimental output, we present results that depict a more realistic view of the clustering problem, regarding adapting to environmental conditions and the quality of topology control. Our study clearly demonstrates the applicability of our approach and the benefits it offers to both research & development communities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAd Hoc Networks - Third International ICST Conference, ADHOCNETS 2011, Revised Selected Papers
Number of pages16
StatePublished - 23 May 2012
Event3rd International ICST Conference on Ad Hoc Networks, ADHOCNETS 2011 - Paris, France
Duration: 21 Sep 201123 Sep 2011

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering
Volume89 LNICST
ISSN (Print)1867-8211


Conference3rd International ICST Conference on Ad Hoc Networks, ADHOCNETS 2011


  • Algorithm Engineering
  • Clustering
  • Cross-layer
  • Cross-platform
  • Implementation
  • Protocols
  • Self-Stabilization
  • Software Design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications


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