Endocrine Inspired Control of Wireless Sensor Networks
: Deployment and Analysis

  • Tom Blanchard

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Many domains, such as geographical and biological sciences, can benefit from the ability of wireless sensor networks to provide long term, high temporal and spatial resolution sensing. Such networks must be able to trade off various requirements against each other to extend network lifetime while still providing useful, good quality data. The challenges faced by equipment in the field can very unpredictable and therefore a wireless sensor network should be able to cope with these challenges and return to a balanced state. Using readily available, low-cost components, this work was inspired by the human endocrine systems ability to maintain homeostasis, or balance, in a large number of parameters simultaneously. This work developed a number of endocrine inspired methods. These were aimed both at improving the power usage of nodes in a wireless sensor network and improving the quality of the data collected. Methods for improving power consumption and data quality were achieved. These methods were successfully deployed, for the purposes of environmental monitoring on a mesh network consisting of 20 nodes, for a period of almost 6 months. Analysis showed that the use of power by individual nodes was improved and that the endocrine inspired methods, aimed at improving data quality, were successful. Node lifetimes were extended, duplicate data reduced and the quality of data improved. The use of low-cost, readily available components was largely successful, and challenges and changes to these components were discussed.
Date of Award20 May 2016
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Aberystwyth University
SupervisorMark Neal (Supervisor) & Fred Labrosse (Supervisor)


  • wireless sensor network
  • sensor network
  • endocrine
  • biologically inspired

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