Optimal sensor configuration for complex systems

Payman Sadegh, J. C. Spall

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    The paper considers the problem of sensor configuration for complex systems with the aim of maximizing the useful information about certain quantities of interest. Our approach involves: 1) definition of an appropriate optimality criterion or performance measure; and 2) description of an efficient and practical algorithm for achieving the optimality objective. The criterion for optimal sensor configuration is based on maximizing the overall sensor response while minimizing the correlation among the sensor outputs, so as to minimize the redundant information being provided by the multiple sensors. The procedure for sensor configuration is based on the simultaneous perturbation stochastic approximation (SPSA) algorithm. SPSA avoids the need for detailed modeling of the sensor response by simply relying on the observed responses obtained by limited experimentation with test sensor configurations. We illustrate the approach with the optimal placement of acoustic sensors for signal detection in structures
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAmerican Control Conference, 1998. Proceedings of the 1998
    Publication date1998
    ISBN (Print)0-7803-4530-4
    Publication statusPublished - 1998
    Event1998 American Control Conference - Philadelphia, PA, United States
    Duration: 24 Jun 199826 Jun 1998


    Conference1998 American Control Conference
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityPhiladelphia, PA

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