A two-objective memetic approach for the node localization problem in wireless sensor networks

Mehdi Aziz, Mohammadhassan Tayaraninajaran, Mohammad R. Meybodi

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Wireless sensor networks (WSNs) are emerging as an efficient way to sense the physical phenomenon without the need of wired links and spending huge money on sensor devices. In WSNs, finding the accurate locations of sensor nodes is essential since the location inaccuracy makes the collected data fruitless. In this paper, we propose a two-objective memetic approach called the Three Phase Memetic Approach that finds the locations of sensor nodes with high accuracy. The proposed algorithm is composed of three operators (phases). The first phase, which is a combination of three node-estimating approaches, is used to provide good starting locations for sensor nodes. The second and third phases are then utilized for mitigating the localization errors in the first operator. To test the proposed algorithm, we compare it with the simulated annealing-based localization algorithm, genetic algorithm-based localization, Particle Swarm Optimization-based Localization algorithm, trilateration-based simulated annealing algorithm, imperialist competitive algorithm and Pareto Archived Evolution Strategy on ten randomly created and four specific network topologies with four different values of transmission ranges. The comparisons indicate that the proposed algorithm outperforms the other algorithms in terms of the coordinate estimations of sensor nodes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-358
JournalGenetic Programming and Evolvable Machines
Issue number4
Early online date28 Jul 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016


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