## Abstract

We study the problem of covering a two-dimensional spatial region P, cluttered with occluders, by sensors. A sensor placed at a location p covers a point x in P if x lies within sensing radius r from p and x is visible from p, i.e., the segment px does not intersect any occluder. The goal is to compute a placement of the minimum number of sensors that cover P. We propose a landmark-based approach for covering P. Suppose P has ς holes, and it can be covered by h sensors. Given a small parameter ε>∈0, let λ:∈=∈λ(h,ε)∈=∈(h/ε) (1∈+∈ln (1∈+∈ς)). We prove that one can compute a set L of O(λlogλ log(1/ε)) landmarks so that if a set S of sensors covers L, then S covers at least (1∈-∈ε)-fraction of P. It is surprising that so few landmarks are needed, and that the number of landmarks depends only on h, and does not directly depend on the number of vertices in P. We then present efficient randomized algorithms, based on the greedy approach, that, with high probability, compute sensor locations to cover L; here is the number sensors needed to cover L. We propose various extensions of our approach, including: (i) a weight function over P is given and S should cover at least (1∈-∈ε) of the weighted area of P, and (ii) each point of P is covered by at least t sensors, for a given parameter t∈ ∈1.

Original language | English |
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Title of host publication | Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems - 5th IEEE International Conference, DCOSS 2009, Proceedings |

Pages | 301-314 |

Number of pages | 14 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - 2009 |

Externally published | Yes |

Event | 5th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems, DCOSS 2009 - Marina del Rey, CA, United States Duration: 8 Jun 2009 → 10 Jun 2009 |

### Publication series

Name | Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) |
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Volume | 5516 LNCS |

ISSN (Print) | 0302-9743 |

ISSN (Electronic) | 1611-3349 |

### Conference

Conference | 5th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems, DCOSS 2009 |
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Country/Territory | United States |

City | Marina del Rey, CA |

Period | 8/06/09 → 10/06/09 |

### Bibliographical note

Funding Information:Work on this paper was supported by NSF under grants CNS-05-40347, CFF-06-35000, and DEB-04-25465, by ARO grants W911NF-04-1-0278 and W911NF-07-1-0376, and by an NIH grant 1P50-GM-08183-01.