Localization of Industrial Wireless Sensor Networks: An Artificial Neural Network Approach

  • Mohammad Gholami
  • Robert W. Brennan
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6867)


With the augmentation of industrial applications of wireless sensor networks, the problem of localization in such networks gains more attention. Although a considerable amount of research has been conducted in this area, many of the proposed approaches produce unsatisfactory results when exposed to the harsh, uncertain, noisy conditions of a manufacturing environment. An artificial neural network approach is developed in this study to abate the effects of the environmental noise sources and harsh factory conditions on the localization of the wireless sensors. A simulator, imitating the noisy and dynamic shop conditions of manufacturing environments, is employed to examine our proposed neural network. Subsequently, a sensitivity analysis is conducted using design of experiments methods. The results obtained indicate that noise intensity and anchor node topology give the most significant impact on the performance of the proposed localization technique. These results, combined with the inherent distributed and changeable nature of wireless sensor networks, have led us to investigate a multi-agent solution to this problem.


Wireless sensor networks Localization Artificial neural network Simulation Design of experiments 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mohammad Gholami
    • 1
  • Robert W. Brennan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Schulich School of EngineeringUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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