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Incentivize maximum continuous time interval coverage under budget constraint in mobile crowd sensing

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Abstract

Mobile crowd sensing has become an effective approach to meet the demand in large scale sensing applications. In mobile crowd sensing applications, incentive mechanisms are necessary to compensate the resource consumptions and manual efforts of smartphone users. In this paper, we focus on exploring budget feasible frameworks for a novel and practical mobile crowd sensing scenario, where the platform expects to maximize the continuous time interval coverage under budget constraint. We present the system model and formulate the budget feasible maximum continuous time duration problem for this scenario. We design two budget feasible frameworks: BFF-STI and BFF-BTI, and integrate MST as the truthful mechanism to maximize the social efficiency. Then we extend the budget feasible frameworks to the general case, in which each user can bid multiple time intervals simultaneously. We show the proposed budget feasible frameworks are computationally efficient, individually rational, truthful and budget feasible. Through extensive simulations, we demonstrate that our budget feasible frameworks are efficient with different parameter settings. The simulation results also show that BFF-STI has superiority in large scale mobile crowd sensing applications, while BFF-STI is more suitable for long-term sensing applications.

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Acknowledgments

This work is sponsored in part by NSFC (No. 61472193, 61472192, 61373139), The natural science foundation of Jiangsu Province (No. BK20141429, BK20130852), Scientific and Technological Support Project (Society) of Jiangsu Province (No. BE2013666), CCF-Tencent Open Research Fund (No. CCF-Tencent RAGR20150107), China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (No. 2014M562662), Jiangsu Postdoctoral Science Foundation (No. 1402223C), Independent Research Project of Jiangsu High Technology Research Key Laboratory for Wireless Sensor Networks (No. WSNLBZY201524), NUPTSF (No. NY215098) and the “1311” Talent Project of NJUPT.

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Xu, J., Xiang, J. & Li, Y. Incentivize maximum continuous time interval coverage under budget constraint in mobile crowd sensing. Wireless Netw 23, 1549–1562 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11276-016-1244-9

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Keywords

  • Mobile crowd sensing
  • Incentive mechanism
  • Auction
  • Budget feasible