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Calibrating Wireless Sensor Network Simulation Models with Real-World Experiments

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Proceedings (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2009
Author Hurni Philipp, Braun Torsten,
Project Traffic Adaptivity in Wireless Sensor Networks
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Proceedings (peer-reviewed)

Title of proceedings International Conference on Research in Networking
Place Aachen
DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-01399-7_1


This paper studies the energy-efficiency and service characteristics of a recently developed energy-efficient MAC protocol for wireless sensor networks in simulation and on a real sensor hardware testbed. This opportunity is seized to illustrate how simulation models can be verified by cross-comparing simulation results with real-world experiment results. The paper demonstrates that by careful calibration of simulation model parameters, the inevitable gap between simulation models and real-world conditions can be reduced. It concludes with guidelines for a methodology for model calibration and validation of sensor network simulation models.