Underwater Wireless Communications and Networking

  in Special Issue   Posted on December 18, 2020

Information for the Special Issue

Submission Deadline: Sun 31 Jan 2021
Journal Impact Factor : 3.275
Journal Name : Sensors
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Website for the Special Issue: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/sensors/special_issues/UWCN
Journal & Submission Website: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/sensors

Special Issue Call for Papers:

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Approximately 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, yet almost 95% of the underwater world remains unexplored. Nearly 4000 robots are swimming up and down in the world’s oceans, which allow scientists to measure and understand ocean dynamics, like the directions and speeds of currents, as well as physical characteristics like temperature and salinity, yet scientists can only recover the collected sensor data and track the position of the robots only when they rise to the surface or when the robots are retrieved at the end of a mission. Real-time data retrieval of frequent measurements, continuous tracking of underwater robots and increased spatial coverage and sensing from a network of submerged robots/sensors is hindered by the limited communication speed and absence of GPS underwater. This hampers a wide range of activities, including real-time underwater sensing, sea-life monitoring, port surveillance, ocean mapping, subsea infrastructure inspection, wireless diver-to-diver communication, wireless diver/underwater vehicle communication, untethered sea exploration, subsea search-and-rescue operations, underwater wireless video feeds, and off- shore drilling monitoring.

Recent developments in adaptive underwater communications, robust direction finding for GPS-less underwater localization, software-defined underwater acoustic modems, and soft robotics for low-cost macro/micro autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) are notable enabling technologies to achieve faster communication speeds, accurate positioning, and low-cost testbed deployments underwater. Further research is required to understand the physical environment and spatiotemporal characteristics of the underwater acoustic channel, application constraints and programmability, size, weight, and power of next-generation underwater wireless platforms to enable the design, development, and deployment of underwater wireless networks of robots/sensors at scale.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to solicit original research papers on all aspects of underwater wireless communications and networking, including (but not restricted to):

communication-based navigation for low-cost AUVs
localization, detection, classification, and tracking
simultaneous localization and mapping
short-data-record under-ranked localization
graph localization
Physical layer
modulation/coding/signal processing/arrays
channel modeling/prediction
autonomous communications (receiver feedback/transmitter adaptivity)
secure LPD/LPI communications
channel sharing under high latency
routing protocols
crosslayer networking, handover, and meshing
application-specific system level optimization
distributed mobile networking
Wireless Platforms and Applications
software-defined acoustic/ultrasonic/optical modems
sensor integration
next generation platforms
arctic, oil and gas/smart aqua/agriculture

Dr. Dimitris A. Pados
Dr. George Sklivanitis
Guest Editors

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