Calibrating Wireless Sensor Network Simulation Models with Real-World Experiments

  • Philipp Hurni
  • Torsten Braun
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5550)


This paper studies the energy-efficiency and service characteristics of a recently developed energy-efficient MAC protocol for wireless sensor networks in simulation and on a real sensor hardware testbed. This opportunity is seized to illustrate how simulation models can be verified by cross-comparing simulation results with real-world experiment results. The paper demonstrates that by careful calibration of simulation model parameters, the inevitable gap between simulation models and real-world conditions can be reduced. It concludes with guidelines for a methodology for model calibration and validation of sensor network simulation models.


Wireless Sensor Networks Energy Efficient Medium Access Control Model Validation Model Calibration Networking 2009 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philipp Hurni
    • 1
  • Torsten Braun
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Computer Science and Applied MathematicsUniversity of BernSwitzerland

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