Wireless Networks

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 567–582 | Cite as

Cue-based networking

  • Yeonsik JeongEmail author
  • Sriram Lakshmanan
  • Sandeep Kakumanu
  • Raghupathy Sivakumar


In this paper we present a new approach called cue-based networking that uses hints or cues about the physical environment to optimize networked application behavior. We define the notion of cues and describe how cues can be obtained using wireless sensor networks as the underlying platform. We identify both the research and system challenges that need to be addressed to realize benefits of the approach under a target application of video delivery over IP networks. In the process, we identify key challenges of wireless sensor networks, namely timeliness and robustness. We design an adaptive algorithm that balances the tradeoff between them satisfying both timeliness and robustness requirements. Through an implementation of the video delivery application using the proposed algorithm in a real home environment, we highlight the practical benefits of the proposed approach.


Cue-based networking Wireless sensor networks Video delivery over IP 



This work was supported in part by the National Science Foundation under grant CNS-0519733 and the Georgia Tech Broadband Institute. Y. Jeong was a research scientist in the GNAN Research Group at Georgia Institute of Technology when he performed this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yeonsik Jeong
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sriram Lakshmanan
    • 2
  • Sandeep Kakumanu
    • 2
  • Raghupathy Sivakumar
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Multimedia System EngineeringSungKongHoe UniversitySeoulKorea
  2. 2.School of Electrical and Computer EngineeringGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA

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