Research Article Chosen as One of Top 10

A journal article written by Driss Benhaddou, Manikanden Balakrishnan, Xiaojing Yuan, Ji Chen, Mukesh Jungta, Rick Barton, and Heng Yang, titled “Wireless Sensor Networks for Space Applications: Network Architecture and Protocol Enhancements,” was chosen by Sensors & Transducers editorial board as one of the 10 best articles published in the journal in 2009.

The research team investigated the use of Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) in time-sensitive space applications, such as the continuous monitoring of physiological conditions of crew members during long space missions. The paper summarizes the challenges and opportunities of wireless sensor networks in space applications. It presented the WSN architecture and the required system components for reliable communications. It also investigates crucial network algorithms including link quality adaptation, energy efficiency and quality-of-service that are essential for efficient performance monitoring in geo-station environments.

Drs. Driss Benhaddou, and Xiaojing Yuan are faculty members in the Engineering Technology Department in the College of Technology; Dr. Manikanden Balakrishnan is a postdoc fellow in the Engineering Technology Department in the College of Technology, Dr. Ji Chen is a faculty member in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in the Cullen College of Engineering; Mr. Mukesh Jungta is a graduate student at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in the Cullen College of Engineering; Dr. Rick Barton is Senior Staff Scientist at ERC Inc. and working at the NASA Johnson Space Center, and Heng Yang is a Postdoc fellow in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in the Cullen College of Engineering.

For a complete abstract and access to a link to download the paper, go to:
http://www.sensorsportal.com/HTML/DIGEST/Best_articles_2009.htm.