Wireless Sensor Networks and the Statistical Sciences
Peter J. Toscas
Mathematics, Informatics and Statistics, CSIRO, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Wireless sensor networks (WSN) are increasingly being used in many application areas. These can range from environmental monitoring of outdoor natural processes to indoor environmental monitoring of buildings. WSNs are attractive because they are relatively cheap to deploy, but this comes at the price of some sever constraints. These constraints throw up a number of interesting statistical challenges. Here we give an overview of some of the challenges that WSNs pose for statisticians.

Keywords: Wireless sensor networks; Statistics

Biography: Dr Peter Toscas is a statistician with the CSIRO in Australia. His background is in mathematical statistics, and he has worked in medical, environmental, and marine statistics. More recently he has been working in infrastructure risk assessment, and applying statistical methodology to sensor networks.