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Recent Challenges in Underwater Optical Communication and Detection

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Communications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2024 | Viewed by 256

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School of Ocean and Earth Science, Tongji University, Shanghai, China
Interests: digital signal processing; underwater wireless optical communication system and network; acoustic-optical-radio-frequency hybrid satellite-air-ground-ocean wireless communication networks; underwater wireless optical power transfer; underwater target detection; underwater acquisition, pointing, and tracking
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School of Artificial Intelligence, OPtics and ElectroNics (iOPEN), Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an 710072, China
Interests: computational imaging; laser and laser detection

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The future developmental direction of the ocean observation network will involve the flexible deployment of fixed or mobile observation nodes into larger spaces on the basis of fixed observation using photoelectric composite cables. Wireless communication technologies will be employed to facilitate information exchange between the backbone network and wireless observation nodes within the ocean observation network. This will enable three-dimensional coverage of critical sea areas, and perhaps even the entire ocean. In this context, it is urgent to accelerate the development of marine wireless communication technologies. Compared with traditional underwater acoustic communication, underwater wireless optical communication (UWOC) offers several advantages, such as high bandwidth, low latency, good confidentiality, and so on. In addition, it is of great significance to explore high-precision underwater target detection technologies, which play crucial roles in information processing within the ocean observation network and the establishment of UWOC links. When compared with underwater sonar detection, underwater optical detection provides superior visualization and higher-resolution capabilities.

This Special Issue aims to publish high-quality papers that explore emerging and vital technologies of underwater optical communication and detection. We invite prospective authors to submit exceptional research papers related to this subject. Possible research areas encompass, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Novel light sources and detectors for UWOC;
  • Advanced optical materials in UWOC;
  • Channel modelling and characterization for UWOC;
  • Advanced modulation, coding, equalization techniques for UWOC;
  • MISO/SIMO/MIMO transmission techniques for UWOC;
  • Multiple access techniques for UWOC;
  • Artificial intelligence/machine learning for UWOC;
  • Underwater optical networking;
  • Underwater acquisition, pointing and tracking;
  • Underwater optical target detection;
  • Underwater optical positioning and navigation.

Prof. Dr. Meiwei Kong
Dr. Chen Chen
Dr. Zhe Sun
Guest Editors

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  • underwater wireless optical communication
  • underwater target detection
  • underwater optical networking

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