Wireless networking covers a variety of topics involving many challenges. The main concern of clustering approaches for mobile wireless sensor networks (WSNs) is to prolong the battery life of the individual sensors and the network lifetime. For a successful clustering approach the need of a powerful mechanism to safely elect a cluster head remains a challenging task in many research works that take into account the mobility of the network. In A Distributed and Safe Weighted Clustering Algorithm for Mobile Wireless Sensor Networks, the authors use an approach based on the computing of the weight of each node in the network, which one of the proposed techniques to deal with this problem. They present a virtual laboratory platform (VLP) baptized mercury allowing students and researchers to make practical work (PW) on different aspects of mobile wireless sensor networks. The authors’ choice of WSNs is motivated mainly by the use of real experiments needed in most college courses on WSNs. These experiments require an expensive investment and a lot of nodes in the classroom. The platform presented here aims at showing the feasibility, the flexibility, and the reduced cost of such a realization. The authors demonstrate the performance of the proposed algorithms that contribute to the familiarization of the learners in the field of WSNs.
About the Authors / Editors:
Amine Dahane, PhD
Intelligent Systems Research Laboratory, University of Sciences and Technology of Oran, Algeria
Amine Dahane, PhD, is affiliated the Intelligent Systems Research Laboratory, University of Sciences and Technology of Oran, Algeria. His main research interests include wireless sensor networks, their security, routing and management, and intrusion detection. He is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Information Security and Privacy. Currently he is pursuing his PhD degree in the Department of Electronics from the University of Sciences and Technology of Oran (USTO, Algeria). He received master’s degree in Computer Systems and Networks from the University of Bechar in 2009.
Nasr-Eddine Berrached, PhD
Professor, Electronics Department, University of Science and Technology of Oran, Algeria
Nasr-Eddine Berrached, PhD, is a professor in the Electronics Department at University of Science and Technology of Oran, Algeria. Previously he headed the laboratory of robotics and the research laboratory in intelligent systems (LARESI). His interests include man-machine interface, telerobotics, machine vision, pattern recognition and inverse problem. He received his doctor of engineering in computer science degree from the Tokyo Institute of Technology (TIT, Japan).
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