Differential game for resource allocation in energy harvesting sensor networks

Hanan Al-Tous, Imad Barhumi

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In this paper, we consider power control and data scheduling in an energy-harvesting (EH) multi-hop wireless-sensor-network (WSN). The network consists of M sensor nodes aiming to send their data to a sink node. Each sensor node has a battery of limited capacity to save the harvested energy and a buffer of limited size to store both the sensed and relayed data from neighboring nodes, each sensor node can exchange information within its neighborhood using single-hop transmission. Our goal is to develop a distributed algorithm that adaptively changes the transmitted data and power according to the traffic load and available energy such that the sensed data are received at the sink node. In this sense, a differential-game (DG) framework is proposed to efficiently utilize the available harvested energy and balance the buffer of all sensor nodes. The open-loop receding horizon Nash equilibrium is used as a solution to the proposed EH-WSN DG. Simulation results demonstrate the merits of the proposed approach. Index Terms-Wireless sensor network, energy harvesting, differential game, open-loop Nash equilibrium.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2018 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Print)9781538631805
Publication statusPublished - Jul 27 2018
Event2018 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2018 - Kansas City, United States
Duration: May 20 2018May 24 2018

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Communications
ISSN (Print)1550-3607


Other2018 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityKansas City


  • Differential game
  • Energy harvesting
  • Open-loop Nash equilibrium
  • Wireless sensor network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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