Sequential bayesian estimation with censored data for multi-sensor systems

Yujiao Zheng, Ruixin Niu, Pramod K. Varshney

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In this paper, a new framework for sequential Bayesian estimation in sensor networks is proposed, which consists of two processes: censoring of measurements at local sensors and fusion of both received measurements and missing ones at the fusion center (FC). In our scheme, each local sensor maintains a Kalman filter (KF) for a linear Gaussian system or an extended Kalman filter (EKF) for a nonlinear system and the FC runs a particle filter (PF) to track the system state. Informative measurements are selected for transmission by an innovation based per-sensor censoring process executed at the sensors at each time. Though the less informative measurements are not sent to the FC, their absence still conveys some information, and the proposed scheme exploits such information from the missing messages. Numerical results show that, under the same bandwidth constraint, the proposed scheme outperforms the one that ignores missing data information and the one that selects sensors randomly for information transmission.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6781643
Pages (from-to)2626-2641
Number of pages16
JournalIEEE Transactions on Signal Processing
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 15 2014


  • Sensor censoring
  • missing data
  • particle filters
  • sensor networks
  • sequential Bayesian estimation
  • target tracking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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