Optimal Node Placement in Underwater Wireless Sensor Networks

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Executive Summary

Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) is expected to play a vital role in the exploration and monitoring of underwater areas which are not easily reachable by humans. However, underwater communication via acoustic waves is subject to several performance limitations that are very different from those used for terresstrial networks. In this paper, the authors investigate node placement for building an initial underwater WSN infrastructure. They formulate this problem as a nonlinear mathematical program with the objective of minimizing the total transmission loss under a given number of sensor nodes and targeted coverage volume.

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