John S. Baras


A Composite Trust Model and its Application to Collaborative Distributed Information Fusion

I. Matei, J.S. Baras and T. Jiang

Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Information Fusion (Fusion 2009), pp. 1950-1957, Seattle, WA, July 6-9, 2009.

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We consider distributed state estimation of a linear dynamic systems, observed by various sensors, as a problem in information fusion. We introduce a novel model of trust, using weights on the graph links and nodes that represent the sensor network. These weights can represent several interpretations of trustworthiness in sensor networks. We describe three algorithms that integrate distributed Kalman filtering with these trust weights. We consider two interpretations of these trust weights as information accuracy and reliability. We show that by appropriate use of these weights the distributed estimation algorithm avoids using information from untrusted sensors. Simulation experiments further demonstrate the behavior of these algorithms.

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