Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Computer Science

First Advisor

Yingshu Li - Chair

Second Advisor

Anu Bourgeois

Third Advisor

Rajshekhar Sunderraman


Data estimation is emerging as a powerful strategy for energy conservation in sensor networks. In this thesis is reported a technique, called Data Estimation using Physical Method (DEPM), that efficiently conserves battery power in an environment that may take a variety of complex manifestations in real situations. The methodology can be ported easily with minor changes to address a multitude of tasks by altering the parameters of the algorithm and ported on any platform. The technique aims at conserving energy in the limited energy supply source that runs a sensor network by enabling a large number of sensors to go to sleep and having a minimal set of active sensors that may gather data and communicate the same to a base station. DEPM rests on solving a set of linear inhomogeneous algebraic equations which are set up using well-established physical laws. The present technique is powerful enough to yield data estimation at an arbitrary number of point-locations, and provides for easy experimental verification of the estimated data by using only a few extra sensors.