# Sensor placement for fault location identification in water networks: A minimum test cover approach

Title | Sensor placement for fault location identification in water networks: A minimum test cover approach |

Publication Type | Journal Article |

Year of Publication | 2015 |

Authors | Lina Sela Perelman, Waseem Abbas, Xenofon D. Koutsoukos, Saurabh Amin |

Journal | CoRR |

Volume | abs/1507.07134 |

Keywords | Fault identification, Foundations, minimum test cover, Network security, Resilient Systems, science of security, SURE Project, Vanderbilt, water networks |

Abstract | This paper focuses on the optimal sensor placement problem for the identification of pipe failure locations in large-scale urban water systems. The problem involves selecting the minimum number of sensors such that every pipe failure can be uniquely localized. This problem can be viewed as a minimum test cover (MTC) problem, which is NP-hard. We consider two approaches to obtain approximate solutions to this problem. In the first approach, we transform the MTC problem to a minimum set cover (MSC) problem and use the greedy algorithm that exploits the submodularity property of the MSC problem to compute the solution to the MTC problem. In the second approach, we develop a new \textitaugmented greedy algorithm for solving the MTC problem. This approach does not require the transformation of the MTC to MSC. Our augmented greedy algorithm provides in a significant computational improvement while guaranteeing the same approximation ratio as the first approach. We propose several metrics to evaluate the performance of the sensor placement designs. Finally, we present detailed computational experiments for a number of real water distribution networks. |

URL | http://arxiv.org/abs/1507.07134 |

Citation Key | DBLP:journals/corr/PerelmanAKA15 |