Decision fusion in large sensor networks using partially coherent and noncoherent strategies

Saswat Misra, Ananthram Swami, Biao Chen

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We study the performance of partially coherent and noncoherent fusion rules in a distributed sensor network. We assume that sensors communicate their local (binary) decisions over a Rayleigh flat-fading channel to a central fusion center and treat separately the cases where the channel gain is known and unknown. Our analysis is motivated by the case that the channel signal to noise ratio (SNR) is low and the number of sensor observations is large. For partially coherent strategies, we assume that the residual phase error is described by the Tikhonov probability distribution function. We use the Central Limit Theorem to characterize the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) and the Deflection performance of this network. Our study is carried out using analytic techniques complemented by numerical simulations. Our main contribution is an analysis that allows the system designer to determine the level of phase asynchrony that must be present before noncoherent strategies outperform partially coherent ones.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMilitary Communications Conference, MILCOM 2007
StatePublished - 2007
EventMilitary Communications Conference, MILCOM 2007 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Oct 29 2007Oct 31 2007

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE Military Communications Conference MILCOM


OtherMilitary Communications Conference, MILCOM 2007
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL


  • Decision fusion
  • Distributed detection
  • Fading channels
  • Phase synchronization
  • Wireless sensor networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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