Sensor placement optimization of blind source separation in a wireless acoustic sensor network via hybrid descent methods

Qingzheng Wang, Siow Yong Low, Zhibao Li, Ka fai Cedric Yiu

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Blind source separation (BSS) method separates the desired signals from a mixed observed signal by making full use of spatial information. Spatial information refers the fact that the sources originate from different location in space and thus provides the diversity for the separation. Similarly, this diversity can be further enhanced by optimizing the sensor placement as opposed to a fixed location. This paper aims to fill this research gap by proposing a sensor placement optimization strategy to further improve the performance of BSS. As the problem is non-convex in nature, a new hybrid descent optimization method is proposed by embedding a gradient-based method into the genetic algorithm. The proposed method benefits from the robustness of the genetic algorithm and the fast convergence speed of the gradient-based method. Results show that the optimized sensor placement greatly improves the separation performance of the BSS system across the different reverberation times.

Original languageEnglish
Article number108509
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalApplied Acoustics
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022


  • Blind source separation
  • Genetic algorithm
  • Hybrid descent algorithm
  • Sensor array network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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