Meta-heuristics for improved RF emitter localization

Engebråten, Sondre
Moen, Hans Jonas Fossum
Glette, Kyrre
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Engebråten, Sondre; Moen, Hans Jonas Fossum; Glette, Kyrre. Meta-heuristics for improved RF emitter localization. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 2017 ;Volum 10200 LNCS.(Part II) s. 207-223
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Locating Radio Frequency (RF) emitters can be done with a number of methods, but cheap and widely available sensors make the Power Difference of Arrival (PDOA) technique a prominent choice. Predicting the location of an unknown RF emitter can be seen as a continuous optimization problem, minimizing the error w.r.t. the sensor measurements gathered. Most instances of this problem feature multi-modality, making these challenging to solve. This paper presents an analysis of the performance of evolutionary computation and other meta-heuristic methods on this real-world problem. We applied the Nelder-Mead method, Genetic Algorithm, Covariance Matrix Adaptation Evolutionary Strategies, Particle Swarm Optimization and Differential Evolution. The use of meta-heuristics solved the minimization problem more efficiently and precisely, compared to brute force search, potentially allowing for a more widespread use of the PDOA method. To compare algorithms two different metrics were proposed: average distance miss and median distance miss, giving insight into the algorithms’ performance. Finally, the use of an adaptive mutation step proved important.
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