Communications and Control—A Natural Linkage for SWARM

  • John E. Hershey
  • Stephen F. Bush
  • Ralph T. Hoctor

We present a simple distributed concept that appears to insinuate SWARM behavior in a collection of mobile platforms. The control is based on the inter-mobile platform communication links’ signal-to-noise ratio. This double use of communications is a natural linkage for SWARM behavior.


SWARM distributed control 



This work was funded by the ATL Division of Lockheed Martin Corporation under the auspices of Harris Zebrowitz and Orest Ukrainsky. We gratefully acknowledge their encouragement and farsightedness. A version of this material was also presented at Defense Applications Signal Processing (DASP) ‘05.


  1. 1.
    D. R. Pauluzzi and N. C. Beaulieu, A Comparison of SNR Estimation Techniques for the AWGN Channel, IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 48, pp. 1681–1691, October, 2000.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    T. R. Benedict and T. T. Soong, The Joint Estimation of Signal and Noise from the Sum Envelope, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Vol. IT-13, pp. 447–454, July, 1967.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    G. Makarian, B. Honary, and H. H. Manukian, Signal-to-noise Ratio Measurement Employing Trellis Decoders, Sixth International Conference on HF Radio Systems and Techniques, pp. 16–20, 1994.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    J. Hershey and R. Yarlagadda, Data Transportation and Protection, Plenum Press, p. 434, problem 2, 1986.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    S. F. Bush and S. C. Evans, Complexity-Based Information Assurance, GE Global Research Technical Report 2001CRD084, October, 2001.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • John E. Hershey
    • 1
  • Stephen F. Bush
    • 1
  • Ralph T. Hoctor
    • 1
  1. 1.General Electric Global Research CenterNiskayunaUSA

Personalised recommendations