Ad Hoc Networks. 9th International Conference, AdHocNets 2017, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, September 28–29, 2017, Proceedings

Research Article

The Sound of Communication in Underwater Acoustic Sensor Networks

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-319-74439-1_2,
        author={Michel Barbeau and Joaquin Garcia-Alfaro and Evangelos Kranakis and Steven Porretta},
        title={The Sound of Communication in Underwater Acoustic Sensor Networks},
        proceedings={Ad Hoc Networks. 9th International Conference, AdHocNets 2017, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, September 28--29, 2017, Proceedings},
        proceedings_a={ADHOCNETS},
        year={2018},
        month={2},
        keywords={Directional hydrophone and vibrator Monitoring and surveillance Neighbour discovery Underwater acoustic communications},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-319-74439-1_2}
    }
    
  • Michel Barbeau
    Joaquin Garcia-Alfaro
    Evangelos Kranakis
    Steven Porretta
    Year: 2018
    The Sound of Communication in Underwater Acoustic Sensor Networks
    ADHOCNETS
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-74439-1_2
Michel Barbeau1, Joaquin Garcia-Alfaro2, Evangelos Kranakis1,*, Steven Porretta1
  • 1: Carleton University
  • 2: Telecom SudParis, CNRS Samovar, UMR 5157
*Contact email: kranakis@scs.carleton.ca

Abstract

Underwater environments have never been much of a constraint to the rich animal life they support at all depths of our seas and oceans. Indeed, nature has taken advantage of this environment to develop a rich variety of efficient communication strategies through evolutionary change and adaptation. The wealth of knowledge to be discovered will continue to dazzle and fascinate the world. For underwater sensor network communication, acoustic signalling is the preferred choice for designers because sound propagation is the most efficient when compared to other forms, like thermal, light, and electromagnetic. It is within this environment that researchers have to innovate and develop new ideas and methodologies so as to advance the state-of-the-art. In this paper, several fundamental issues and connections are discussed that arise in the study of underwater wireless sensor networks. A variety of ideas and solutions for further research is proposed and fundamental issues in topology control, directional underwater transducers, and monitoring and surveillance are discussed.