Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Computer Science

First Committee Member

Ajoy K. Datta

Second Committee Member

Maria Gradinariu

Number of Pages



The connected sensor cover problem: Given a query over a sensor network, select a minimum or nearly minimum set of sensors, called connected sensor cover, such that the selected sensors cover the query region, and form a connected network among themselves. In its general form, this problem is known to be NP-hard; In this thesis research, we design the first, fully distributed, strictly localized, scalable, and self-* solution to the connected sensor cover problem. The Self-* concept has been used to include many fault-tolerant properties like self-configuring , self-reconfiguring/self-healing, etc. We will present a self-stabilizing solution and show that this solution is both self-configuring and self-healing. In a self-stabilizing system, every computation, starting from an arbitrary state, eventually reaches a state which satisfies the specification. Nodes achieve the global objective by using only local computations. Local algorithm based sensor networks are more robust, and scale better. (Abstract shortened by UMI.).


Covering; Distributed; Networks; Query; Region; Self; Sensor; Wireless

Controlled Subject

Computer science; Electrical engineering

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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