Special Issue "Localization in Wireless Sensor Networks"
A special issue of Journal of Sensor and Actuator Networks (ISSN 2224-2708).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2019.
Recent and continuing growth of mobile computing and user-centric applications has led to a need for accurate and low-cost localization and tracking systems. Global Navigation Satellite Systems, and in particular, Global Positioning System (GPS), have become part of our everyday lives and are widely used for outdoor navigation and localization. However, most people spend a large amount of their time in indoor environments (home, office, school, etc.), where GPS has very limited or no functionality. Therefore, researchers have been exploring use of alternative sources of information for indoor localization. With an objective of maintaining low implementation costs, making use of existing technologies, such as terrestrial radio frequency (RF) sources, when providing a solution to the localization problem is strongly encouraged. Amongst others, these include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and ultra-wide band (UWB) signals, but researchers also use infrared signals, images, acoustic, light, and magnetic fields to name a few. Nevertheless, the requirement for wide deployment of infrastructure has made these systems cost-ineffective for some time. Only recently, advances in RF and micro-electromechanical system integrated circuit design enabled the wide availability of low-cost sensors and permitted the use of large-scale networks with hundreds or even thousands of sensors, sensing at high spatial and temporal densities. Because of the immense network proportions, human moderation is almost impossible. In order to achieve autonomous network configuration and establish the quality of the network coverage and/or spatial/geographical relationship for signal analysis and data mining, automatic estimation of sensors’ physical locations is of crucial importance. Moreover, localization using existing technologies is a key enabling technology for many applications that can improve safety and efficiency in everyday life (such as ambient assisted living (assistance for elderly or people with disabilities, smart parking, monitoring of storage conditions and goods), navigation (aid for visually impaired, guiding costumers through shopping malls, airports, etc.), workforce management (finding nearby doctors or police officers), context-dependent information sharing, etc.), and is being actively pursued by technological giants, such as Google, Apple, Microsoft and Huawei, as well as research groups in some of the leading universities worldwide. Nonetheless, current systems found in the literature provide unsatisfactory accuracies or require specific and expensive equipment that needs to be installed and maintained. Thus, the search for a robust and accurate localization system still remains open.
This Special Issue is focused on real-time target localization and tracking techniques in wireless sensor networks. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited.
Topics of Interest
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to:
- Single target tracking
- Multiple target tracking
- Continuous target tracking
- Prediction-based target tracking
- Range estimation
- Range free localization
- Range based localization
- Acoustic localization
- Visible light localization
- Hybrid localization
- Collaborative localization and mapping
- Network localization
- Distributed localization
- Indoor localization
- Underwater localization
- Ad hoc or opportunistic localization
- Relay network localization
- Multi-static sonar localization and tracking
- Energy-efficient localization and tracking
- Novel applications of localization and tracking
- Survey of localization and tracking technologies
Dr. Marko Beko
Dr. Slavisa Tomic
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