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Title:On Achieving Diversity in the Presence of Outliers in Participatory Camera Sensor Networks
Author(s):Uddin, Md Yusuf Sarwar; Amin, Md Tanvir Al; Abdelzaher, Tarek F.; Iyengar, Arun; Govindan, Ramesh
Subject(s):Camera sensor networks
redundancy reduction
outlier detection
Abstract:This paper addresses the problem of collection and delivery of a representative subset of pictures, in participatory camera networks, to maximize coverage when a significant portion of the pictures may be redundant or irrelevant. Consider, for example, a rescue mission where volunteers and survivors of a large-scale disaster scout a wide area to capture pictures of damage in distressed neighborhoods, using handheld cameras, and report them to a rescue station. In this participatory camera network, a significant amount of pictures may be redundant (i.e., similar pictures may be reported by many) or irrelevant (i.e., may not document an event of interest). Given this pool of pictures, we aim to build a protocol to store and deliver a smaller subset of pictures, among all those taken, that minimizes redundancy and eliminates irrelevant objects and outliers. While previous work addressed removal of redundancy alone, doing so in the presence of outliers is tricky, because outliers, by their very nature, are different from other objects, causing redundancy minimizing algorithms to favor their inclusion, which is at odds with the goal of finding a representative subset. To eliminate both outliers and redundancy at the same time, two seemingly opposite objectives must be met together. The contribution of this paper lies in a new prioritization technique (and its in-network implementation) that minimizes redundancy among delivered pictures, while also reducing outliers.
Issue Date:2012-04-25
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-03-26

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