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A Sensory Grammar for Inferring Behaviors in Sensor Networks

Dimitrios Lymberopoulos, Abhijit Ogale, Andreas Savvides, and Yiannis Aloimonos


The ability of a sensor network to parse out observable activities into a set of distinguishable actions is a powerful feature that can potentially enable many applications of sensor networks to everyday life situations. In this paper we introduce a framework that uses a hierarchy of Probabilistic Context Free Grammars (PCFGs) to perform such parsing. The power of the framework comes from the hierarchical organization of grammars that allows the use of simple local sensor measurements for reasoning about more macroscopic behaviors. Our presentation describes how to use a set of phonemes to construct grammars and how to achieve distributed operation using a messaging model. The proposed framework is flexible. It can be mapped to a network hierarchy or can be applied sequentially and across the network to infer behaviors as they unfold in space and time. We demonstrate this functionality by inferring simple motion patterns using a sequence of simple direction vectors obtained from our camera sensor network testbed.


Publication typeInproceedings
Published inInternational Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN '06)
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