Special Issue on Network Localization

EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing welcomes submissions to the special issue on Network Localization.

Localization, tracking, and navigation for indoor and outdoor environments have been gaining relevance due to the steadily expanding range of enabling devices and technologies, as well as the necessity for seamless solutions for location-based services, for example, in the field of automated guided vehicles in manufacturing lines, first-responder navigation, vehicular and drones navigation, asset navigation and tracking, indoor unmanned vehicles, people-movers or, more generally, user-centric mobility assessment. The Internet of Things, cyber-physical systems, Intelligent transportation systems, as well as 5G communication networks will all benefit from localization and position tracking capabilities.

A current trend in the design of solutions for localization, tracking, and navigation is to use standard, low-cost, and already deployed technologies. These technologies are highly heterogeneous, encompassing, to name a few examples, inertial measurement units, sonar, laser, IR, visual light communications, or radiofrequency signals. The latter typically include WiFi, UWB, RFID, Bluetooth, 3GPP/LTE, 802.11x, digital TV, or, in general, so-called available signals of opportunity. All this entails that the latest challenge in localization, tracking, and navigation is not only to develop specialized sensors for these tasks but to design and implement methods exploiting the cooperation of the already available technologies (network localization) in a timely and optimal fashion. Data fusion over multiple scales and timelines, crowd-sensing methods, cross-layer optimization, true seamless continuity and resilience, as well as new challenging application environments are therefore key aspects for further advances of the field and present exciting challenges for signal processing practitioners and researchers. On the other side, new technologies such as millimeter wave and massive antenna arrays are emerging and are expected to create new appealing opportunities towards the realization of extremely high accuracy positioning and orientation systems but also new signal processing problems to solve.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • Simultaneous localization, tracking, and mapping (SLAM)
  • Multi-sensors localization and tracking (e.g., radio, video, inertial, visual light, etc.)
  • Cooperative localization and cloud SLAM 
  • Multi-agent cooperative navigation and control (e.g., through game theory methods)
  • Fundamental limits and performance metrics
  • Online Bayesian filtering
  • Position-dependent parameter estimation techniques
  • Learning and/or participatory algorithms for environmental monitoring and mapping
  • Enhanced fingerprinting and map matching algorithms
  • Localization and tracking via signals of opportunity
  • Ultra-wideband and millimeter-wave technologies         
  • Passive and active RFID
  • Energy efficient positioning systems
  • Wireless sensor radar for mapping
  • Low-complexity localization and tracking methods for the Internet of Things
  • Localization and tracking methods for 5G and beyond
  • Human mobility assessment over wireless body area networks
  • Vehicular localization
  • Security and privacy issues
  • Fundamental limits of cross-layer optimization
  • Crowdsensing methods
  • Channel modeling
  • Testbeds and experimentation

Submission Instructions

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing. The complete manuscript should be submitted through the EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing submission system. To ensure that you submit to the correct special issue please select the appropriate special issue in the drop-down menu upon submission. In addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of the special issue on Network Localization. All submissions will undergo rigorous peer review and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection.

Deadline for submissions: October 2017

Lead Guest Editor

Davide Dardari, DEI, University of Bologna, Italy

Guest Editors

Kutluyil Dogancay, University of South Australia, Australia

Petar M. Djurić, Stony Brook University, New York

Pau Closas, Northeastern University, Massachusetts

Benoit Denis, CEA-Leti Minatec, France

Reza Monir Vaghefi, Blue Danube Systems, USA

Henk Wymeersh, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Submissions will also benefit from the usual advantages of open access publication:

  • Rapid publication: Online submission, electronic peer review and production make the process of publishing your article simple and efficient
  • High visibility and international readership in your field: Open access publication ensures high visibility and maximum exposure for your work - anyone with online access can read your article
  • No space constraints: Publishing online means unlimited space for figures, extensive data and video footage
  • Authors retain copyright, licensing the article under a Creative Commons license: articles can be freely redistributed and reused as long as the article is correctly attributed.

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