Error Reduction Algorithm for Target Position Estimation Using Reflected Signals

Hiroyuki HATANO  Kazuya SUGIYAMA  Tomoharu MIZUTANI  Yoshihiko KUWAHARA  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E94-B   No.10   pp.2886-2890
Publication Date: 2011/10/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: LETTER
Category: Network
Keyword: 
target position estimation,  radar network,  sensor network,  

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Summary: 
We consider how to accurately estimate the position of targets that exist in closed areas such as a room. In the past, arranging the sensors in a straight line would trigger large position estimation errors in the same direction of the straight line. However, this arrangement is useful because of easy setting, wirings, and space limitations. In this paper, we show a novel algorithm which can reduce the error using signals from reflection objects such as walls. The algorithm uses ellipse relations among sensors, targets and reflection points. Using ellipse relations, the algorithm estimates the positions of the reflection points which are assumed to be the locations of the virtual sensors. So in spite of the straight sensor arranging, the sensors are virtually distributed such as surrounding the targets. In this paper, we show the algorithm and error reduction performances as determined from computer simulations.