Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Kaveh Pahlavan, Advisor

Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Xinming Huang, Committee Member

Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Allen H. Levesque, Committee Member




Recently, indoor geolocation technologies has been attracting tremendous attention. For indoor environments, the fine time resolution of ultra-wideband (UWB) signals enables the potential of accurate distance measurement of the direct path (DP) between a number of reference sources and the people or assets of interest. However, Once the DP is not available or is shadowed, substantial errors will be introduced into the ranging measurements, leading to large localization errors when measurements are combined from multiple sources. The measurement accuracy in undetected direct path (UDP) conditions can be improved in some cases by exploiting the geolocation information contained in the indirect path measurements. Therefore, the dynamic spatial behavior of paths is an important issue for positioning techniques based on TOA of indirect paths. The objectives of this thesis are twofold. The first is to analyze the sensitivity of TOA estimation techniques based on TOA of the direct path. we studied the effect of distance, bandwidth and multipath environment on the accuracy of various TOA estimation techniques. The second is to study the sensitivity of multipath parameters pertinent to TOA estimation techniques based on the TOA of the indirect paths. We mainly looked into the effect of distance, bandwidth, threshold for picking paths, and multipath environment on the number of multipath components(MPCs) and path persistency. Our results are based on data from a new measurement campaign conducted on the 3rd floor of AK laboratory. For the TOA estimation techniques based on DP, the line of sight (LOS) scenario provides greatest accuracy and these TOA estimation techniques are most sensitive to bandwidth availability in obstructed line of sight (OLOS) scenario. All the TOA estimation algorithms perform poorly in the UDP scenario although the use of higher bandwidth can reduce the ranging error to some extent. Based on our processed results, The proposal for selecting the appropriate TOA estimation technique with certain constrains is given. The sensitivity study of multipath parameters pertinent to indirect-path-based TOA estimation techniques shows that the number of MPCs is very sensitive to the threshold for picking paths and to the noise threshold. It generally decreases as the distance increase while larger bandwidth always resolves more MPCs. The multipath components behave more persistently in line of sight (LOS) and obstructed line of sight (OLOS) scenarios than in UDP scenarios, and the use of larger bandwidth and higher threshold for picking paths also result in more persistent paths.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Indoor geolocation, sensitivity, TOA