A*-Based Task Assignment Algorithm for Context-Aware Mobile Patient Monitoring Systems

H. Mei, Bernhard J.F. van Beijnum, P. Pawar, I.A. Widya, Hermanus J. Hermens

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    Mobile Patient Monitoring System (MPMS) is positioned to provide high quality healthcare services in the near future. The gap between its application demands and resource supplies, however, still remains and may hinder this process. Dynamic context-aware adaptation mechanisms are required in order to meet the stringent requirements on such mission critical applications. The fundamental model underlying an MPMS includes a set of biosignal data processing tasks distributed across a set of networked devices. In our earlier work, we designed and validated a task distribution framework to support dynamic system reconfiguration of MPMS by means of task redistribution. This paper focuses on its decision-making component that can calculate the optimal task assignment by taking into account the reconfiguration costs. This paper has three major contributions. Firstly, we study a context-aware scenario and derive the design requirements for a task assignment algorithm in MPMS. Secondly, using a graph-based system model, we proposed an A*-based task assignment algorithm that minimizes the system end-to-end delay while guaranteeing required system battery lifetime and availability. We introduce a set of node expansion rules and a pre-processing procedure to calculate the heuristic function (h(n)). Thirdly, we evaluate the algorithm performance with experiments and compare this A*-based algorithm with other heuristic approaches, e.g. greedy and bounded A*.
    Original languageUndefined
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusPublished - 24 Aug 2009
    Event15th IEEE International Conference on Embedded and Real-Time Computing Systems and Applications, RTCSA 2009 - Beijing, China
    Duration: 24 Aug 200926 Aug 2009


    Conference15th IEEE International Conference on Embedded and Real-Time Computing Systems and Applications, RTCSA 2009
    Other24-26 August 2009


    • dynamic system reconfiguration
    • dynamic context-aware adaptation mechanisms
    • algorithm performance
    • Healthcare services
    • Mobile patient monitoring systems
    • Decision Making
    • A*-based task assignment algorithm
    • IR-76477
    • BSS-Biomechatronics and rehabilitation technology
    • EWI-19873
    • heuristic function
    • mission critical applications
    • graph-based system model
    • biosignal data processing
    • task distribution framework
    • system battery lifetime
    • system battery availability
    • end-to-end delay
    • node expansion rules
    • networked devices

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