Acoustic near-field source-localization by two passive anchor-nodes

Yue Ivan Wu, Kainam Thomas Wong

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A new scheme is herein proposed to localize an acoustic source. This new method blends the received signal strength indication (RSSI) approach of geolocation, and the acoustic vector-sensor (AVS) (a.k.a., vector-hydrophone) based direction-finding (DF). Unlike customary RSSI-based source-localization, this proposed approach needs only two (not three or more) passive anchor-nodes: 1) one pressure-sensor, and 2) one physically compact triad of three (collocating, but orthogonally oriented) acoustic velocity-sensors. The latter can estimate the direction-of-arrival (DOA) of an emitter, regardless of that emitters arbitrary/unknown center-frequency, bandwidth, spectrum, and near-field/far-field location. This triads DOA estimates can be distributed processed, locally, apart from the pressure-sensors measured power, to estimate the emitters radial distance. This proposed algorithm is noniterative, requires no initial estimate, is closed form, and can accommodate any prior known propagation-loss exponent.
Original languageEnglish
Article number6129627
Pages (from-to)159-169
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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