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Asymmetrical Round Trip Based Synchronization-Free Localization in Large-Scale Underwater Sensor Networks

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4 Author(s)
Bin Liu ; Comput. Sci. Dept., Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA ; Hongyang Chen ; Ziguo Zhong ; Poor, H.V.

Underwater sensor networks (UWSNs) have been proposed for many location-dependent applications such as oceanographic data collection, pollution monitoring, mine reconnaissance, etc. Accurate node localization plays an important role in realizing the potential gains of these applications. Although many localization algorithms have been proposed for terrestrial sensor networks in recent years, it is not feasible to directly use these algorithms in UWSNs since UWSNs lack a fast and reliable communication channel. Further, due to their slow convergence speeds and high communication overhead, distributed localization algorithms designed for small-scale UWSNs are not practical for large-scale underwater sensor systems. To achieve accurate and energy efficient node localization in large-scale UWSNs, an asymmetrical round trip based localization (ARTL) algorithm is proposed in this paper. This algorithm has low computational complexity and excellent scalability. Without time synchronization, this algorithm can achieve highly accurate ranging in large-scale UWSNs. Simulation results demonstrate the effectiveness of our design in terms of both localization accuracy and energy consumption.

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Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:9 ,  Issue: 11 )