Refereed Articles and Book Chapters
[2017] UWB-based Single Reference Point Positioning System (Mathias Pelka, Swen Leugner, Marco Cimdins, Holger Schwegmann, Horst Hellbrück), In ITG-Fachbericht-Mobilkommunikation VDE VERLAG GmbH, 2017. [bib] [abstract]
Indoor positioning enables new applications, for instance monitoring of goods in smart factories. For such applications, indoor positioning requires cost-effective solutions with high accuracy. State-of-the-art positioning systems are expensive due to high infrastructure and maintenance costs. In this paper we suggest an accurate UWB-based single reference point positioning system using multiple antennas. We compare lateration and hyperbolic lateration as positioning methods and present efficient algorithms for UWB-based single reference point positioning systems. We present theoretical limits based on the Cramer-Rao lower bound and derive an error estimation as well as evaluation results. Our measurements indicate that decimeter accuracy is possible.
[2016] Survey of challenges and towards a unified architecture for location systems (Mathias Pelka, Horst Hellbrück), In Journal of Network and Computer Applications, volume 67, 2016. [bib] [pdf] [abstract]
Abstract Localization is a key aspect of emergent applications in the medical, industrial and consumer field. In this article we survey state of the art, identify current challenges and issues for localization systems and suggest a unified layered architecture. The analysis reveals that challenges cannot be addressed in an isolated manner for example, energy consumption is tied to the choice of algorithm and employed hardware. To separate various challenges and investigate them independently, we propose the concept of position providers. Position providers in the lower layers allow abstraction of positioning methods, positioning algorithms and positioning hardware. Thereby, a position provider encapsulates methods, algorithms and hardware. Furthermore, we suggest a classification of position providers inspired by related work. We propose a unified architecture for location systems which uses positioning and integration layers as main building blocks.
[2016] Iterative approach for anchor configuration of positioning systems (Mathias Pelka, Grigori Goronzy, Horst Hellbrück), In ICT Express, volume 2, 2016. [bib] [pdf] [abstract]
With anchor positions and measurements of distances between an object and anchors, positioning algorithms calculate the position of an object, e.g. via lateration. Positioning systems require calibration and configuration prior to operation. In the past, approaches employed reference nodes with GPS or other reference location systems to determine anchor positions. In this article, we propose an approach to determine anchor positions without prior knowledge. We evaluate our approach with simulations and real data based on the Decawave DW1000 radio and show that the error is proportional to the mean error of the distance estimation.
[2013] Höhenbestimmung mittels Luftdrucksensoren und differentieller Messung für Indoor-Anwendungen (Christian Bollmeyer, Tim Esemann, Hartmut Gehring, Horst Hellbrück), In ImpulsE, volume 17, 2013. [bib]
Refereed Conference Papers
[2016] S-TDoA - Sequential Time Difference of Arrival - A Scalable and Synchronization Free Approach for Positioning (Mathias Pelka, Horst Hellbrück), In IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, 2016. [bib] [abstract]
In the past various solutions for localization evolved to productive usage for wireless applications. These solutions are robust, precise and energy efficient. However, scalability, complexity and flexibility are still open issues. Especially, supported number of objects or update rates for localization are still limiting factors for the usage of the systems. In this work we suggest an approach called S-TDoA which stands for sequential Time Difference of Arrival that supports unlimited number of objects and high update rates. The key concept is a sequential triggering of anchors that send periodic messages. Tags determine their position by listening to the anchor messages and measuring time intervals. Additionally, this approach enhances security because tags are not visible as they do not send messages. We implement and evaluate S-TDoA in a localization system based on UWB-RF- Chips. The preliminary results demonstrate the advantages of our implementation regarding scalability and update rates as well as privacy.
[2016] Impact of Altitude Difference for Local Positioning Systems and Compensation with Two-Stage Filters (Mathias Pelka, Grigori Goronzy, Horst Hellbrück), In 2016 International Conference on Localization and GNSS, 2016. [bib] [abstract]
In range-based positioning systems, an altitude difference between tag and reference plane causes errors in two- and three-dimensional positioning. We analyze how these errors reduce accuracy of Local Positioning Systems (LPS) and show how compensation of the altitude difference improves performance of positioning. In this paper, we consider the availability of additional altitude information and transform the three-dimensional positioning problem into a two-dimensional problem. We provide algorithms for time-based positioning systems with a two-stage estimator for Two-Way Ranging and Time Difference of Arrival and incorporate additional altitude information. We simulate our approach for altitude difference compensation and provide an evaluation based on a Ultra-Wideband (UWB) radio with ranging capability and a barometric sensor for additional altitude information. A comparison is then made between our approach and standard solutions such as the Extended Kalman filter and the Unscented Kalman filter. Finally, the successful decrease in the positioning error for two- and three-dimensional positioning system, using the system disclosed herein, is illustrated. Based on our analysis, we derive practical solutions to deal with altitude differences for positioning systems.
[2016] Introduction, Discussion and Evaluation of Recursive Bayesian Filters for Linear and Nonlinear Filtering Problems in Indoor Localization (Mathias Pelka, Horst Hellbrück), In The Seventh International Conference on Indoor Positioning and Indoor Navigation, 2016. [bib] [abstract]
Linear and nonlinear filtering for state estimation (e.g. position estimation or sensor fusion) for indoor positioning and navigation applications is a challenging task. Sensor fusion becomes more important with cost-effective sensors being readily available. However, state estimation with recursive Bayesian filters for sensor fusion and filtering are difficult to apply. We present an overview for the general Bayesian filter and derive the most commonly used recursive Bayesian filters, namely the Kalman, extended Kalman and the unscented Kalman filter along with the particle filter. The later Kalman filters are extension of the original Kalman filter, which are able to solve nonlinear filtering problems. The particle filter is also able to solve nonlinear filtering problems. We evaluate the recursive Bayesian filters for linear and nonlinear filtering problems for sensor fusion from relative dead reckoning positioning data and absolute positioning data from an UWB positioning system. We discuss and evaluate performance and computational complexity and provide recommendations for the use case of the recursive Bayesian filters.
[2016] QRPos: Indoor Positioning System for Self-Balancing Robots based on QR Codes (Grigori Goronzy, Mathias Pelka, Horst Hellbrück), In The Seventh International Conference on Indoor Positioning and Indoor Navigation, 2016. [bib]
[2016] Investigation of Anomaly-based Passive Localization with Received Signal Strength for IEEE 802.15.4 (Marco Cimdins, Mathias Pelka, Horst Hellbrück), In The Seventh International Conference on Indoor Positioning and Indoor Navigation, 2016. [bib] [abstract]
Localization has important applications, for instance intrusion detection and elderly care. Such applications benefit from Device-free passive (DfP) localization systems, which employ received signal strength measurements (RSSM) to detect and track entities that neither participate actively in the localization process nor emit signals actively. RSSMs include received signal strength indicator (RSSI), energy detection (ED) and link quality indicator (LQI) measurements. This paper compares different packet-based RSSMs for DfP localization and presents detection results of a DfP anomaly-based detection system employed by IEEE 802.15.4 compliant devices. Furthermore, we investigate techniques for anomaly detection with continuous RSSI measurements.
[2015] Indoor Localization based on Bi-Phase Measurements for Wireless Sensor Networks (Mathias Pelka, Christian Bollmeyer, Horst Hellbrück), In 2015 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC): - Track 3: Mobile and Wireless Networks (IEEE WCNC 2015 - Track 3- Mobile and Wireless Networks), 2015. [bib] [abstract]
Indoor localization is important for medical and industrial application as well as for wireless emergency and security systems. For such applications an accuracy within a few meters is desired. Available radio based systems within that accuracy are neither cost effective nor easy to deploy. In this work, we suggest an approach called biphase measurement based on phase measurements with two frequencies to determine the location of a tag. We design and build a complete indoor positioning system based on bi-phase measurements with easy to deploy wireless sensor nodes. The wireless sensor nodes shape anchors and tags and communicate results to a location engine of the indoor positioning system. Our implementation comprises lowcost IEEE802.15.4 radio chips with built-in support for phase measurements unit for both, anchor and tags. We compute the position of the tag based on distance estimation retrieved with bi-phase measurements. We evaluate our indoor positioning system providing first measurement results for accuracy and precision and discuss trade-off between scalability, real-time and accuracy.
[2015] Wireless Medical Sensors - Context, Robustness and Safety (Christian Bollmeyer, Mathias Pelka, Hartmut Gehring, Horst Hellbrück), In 49th annual conference of the German Society for Biomedical Engineering (BMT 2015) (Accepted), 2015. [bib]
[2014] Accurate Radio Distance Estimation by Phase Measurements with Multiple Frequencies (Mathias Pelka, Christian Bollmeyer, Horst Hellbrück), In The Fifth International Conference on Indoor Positioning and Indoor Navigation 2014 (IPIN 2014), 2014. [bib] [abstract]
Indoor localization is beneficial for logistics, industrial applications and for several consumer applications. In the area of logistics, e.g. warehouses, localization accuracy within a few meters is desired. Available radio based systems within that accuracy are neither cost effective nor easy to deploy. Distance estimations are one possible method for localization. In this work, we propose phase measurements between two wireless sensor nodes for distance estimation. We introduce a mathematical model to estimate distances from phase measurements with multiple frequencies and provide a systematic analysis of possible sources of errors. Additionally, we derive requirements, e.g. resolution and speed for a phase measurement unit to reach certain accuracy. To proof our theoretical results, we present evaluation results based on our implementation. Our implementation comprises a low cost IEEE 802.15.4 hardware with a built-in phase measurement unit. We implement the developed algorithm for distance estimation in our wireless sensor network and use two wireless sensor nodes to perform a phase measurement. The contribution of the paper comprises a new model for phase measurements to estimate distances and a preliminary evaluation with our hardware.
[2014] Experimental Evaluation & Optimization of a UWB Localization System for Medical Applications (Christian Bollmeyer, Horst Hellbrück, Hartmut Gehring), In 48th annual conference of the German Society for Biomedical Engineering (BMT 2014), 2014. [bib]
[2014] Evaluation of Radio Based, Optical and Barometric Localization for Indoor Altitude Estimation in Medical Applications (Christian Bollmeyer, Mathias Pelka, Hartmut Gehring, Horst Hellbrück), In The Fifth International Conference on Indoor Positioning and Indoor Navigation, 2014. [bib] [abstract]
The advances of electronics provide options for improved monitoring of patients in clinical environment.Medical applications like blood pressure monitoring require precise and wireless altitude measurement in indoor environment. An error of only a few centimeters may lead to mistreatment of patients.Furthermore, user requirements like small form factor, usability and robust operation are important in the medical field.Existing evaluations of indoor localization systems focus on accuracy analysis of x- and y-coordinates and not on the z-coordinate (altitude). In this paper, we define evaluation criteria for altitude estimation in medical applications. We compare an Ultra-Wide-Band indoor localization system, an optical Microsoft Kinect camera system and our own development of a wireless barometric sensor against these criteria. We present a comparative measurement setup, results and a final evaluation of the three systems in an indoor environment.
[2013] Precise Indoor Altitude Estimation based on differential barometric Sensing for wireless Medical Applications (Christian Bollmeyer, Tim Esemann, Hartmut Gehring, Horst Hellbrück), In Body Sensor Networks Conference 2013 (BSN2013), 2013. [bib] [abstract]
Some medical applications require precise information of position and orientation of a patient as changes affect pressure condition inside the body. In this paper we focus on altitude estimation, where altitude is a distance, in vertical direction, between a reference and a point of a human body. We suggest equipping wireless sensor nodes with high resolution pressuresensors to calculate the altitude with the barometric formula. We implement a body sensor network based on IEEE 802.15.4 and synchronization mechanism with a reference. Pressure variations due to environmental effects are compensated by cancellation with this differential measurement setup. We demonstrate the need for differential measurements and show with a series of measurements that environmental pressure variations have no significant effect on the proposed altitude estimation. Compared to existing systems, our solution is cost effective, easy to deploy and provides a flexible tradeoff between precision and location lag by adjusting a filter constant.
Refereed Workshop Papers
[2017] Evaluation of time-based ranging methods: Does the choice matter? (Mathias Pelka, Daniel Amann, Horst Hellbrück), In 14th Workshop on Positioning, Navigation and Communication, 2017. [bib] [abstract]
Positioning is useful in a number of applications, for instance smart home, smart factory and health care applications. Time-based ranging methods for positioning are the state-of-the-art but require precise timestamping. Sophisticated ranging methods compensate sources of errors, for instance clock drift caused by a crystal or an asymmetrical measuring principle, to provide precise timestamping. So far, no comprehensive study of different time-based ranging methods using the same hardware and the same evaluation setup was carried out. Consequently, we discuss, implement and evaluate five time-based ranging methods, including Two-Way Ranging, Double Two-Way Ranging, Asymmetrical Double-Sided Two-Way Ranging, Symmetrical Double-Sided Two-Way Ranging and Burst Mode Symmetric Double-Sided Two-Way Ranging. We evaluate accuracy, precision, robustness and run time for the ranging methods and answer the question if the choice of the time-based ranging method matters.
[2017] Weighted Online Calibration for Odometry of Mobile Robots (Grigori Goronzy, Horst Hellbrück), In IEEE ICC Workshop on Advances in Network Localization and Navigation (ANLN), 2017. [bib]
[2017] Anomaly-based Device-free Localization with Particle Filtering (Marco Cimdins, Mathias Pelka, Horst Hellbrück), In Workshop on Dependable Wireless Communications and Localization for the IoT, 2017. [bib] [abstract]
In the Internet of Things (IoT), devices, e.g. sensors or actuators, transmit packets to transfer data. For the IoT localization information is crucial, as it provides additional context for the data. We envision that devices in the IoT know their position and on receipt of a packet, the received signal strength is measured. This measurement is used to build a device-free localization (DFL) system to improve the dependability of the IoT system. DFL systems are able to detect and track persons within a target area that neither wear a device nor participate actively in the process of localization. This work presents an anomaly-based DFL system that measures if a person affects the radio frequency (RF) propagation and determines the position with a particle filter. In our 65m 2 indoor testbed, we employ eight IEEE 802.15.4 compliant wireless transceivers and estimate the position of a person with a median localization error of 1.4m.
[2017] Modeling Received Signal Strength and Multipath Propagation Effects of Moving Persons (Marco Cimdins, Horst Hellbrück), In 14th Workshop on Positioning, Navigation and Communication, 2017. [bib] [abstract]
Device-free localization (DFL) systems detect and track persons without devices that participates in the localization process. A person moving within a target area affects the electromagnetic field that is measured by received signal strength (RSS) values. Consequently for DFL systems, modeling of RSS is important and still an open issue. In this paper we develop a simple model for prediction of RSS values in a setup with transmitter and receiver devices, a person and multipath propagation. We design and implement the model as a superposition of both, knife-edge diffraction to account for the change made by the person, and, propagation effects such as multipath propagation that result in reflection and path loss including the antenna characteristics. We evaluate our model in comparison with real measurements in various setups with and without multipath propagation. We achieve an accuracy that is close to our hardware limitations, which is the resolution of the measured RSS values of the receiver.
[2016] Comparison of wired and wireless synchronization with clock drift compensation suited for U-TDoA localization (Swen Leugner, Mathias Pelka, Horst Hellbrück), In 13th Workshop on Positioning, Navigation and Communication, 2016. [bib] [abstract]
Indoor localization with Uplink Time Difference of Arrival (U-TDoA) provides good scalability, high updates rates and high accuracy. However, clock errors lead to localization errors and synchronization is important. In this paper, we design and implement wired and wireless synchronization and provide a comparison between them. We design and implement a wireless synchronization with clock drift compensation. For wired and wireless synchronization, we discuss reasons for clock deviation that lead to localization errors. We evaluate both approaches in a U-TDoA measurement setup. Finally, we provide recommendations for wired and wireless synchronization.
[2015] Mobile Robot Seamless Localization with Localization Optimized QR Codes (Mathias Pelka, Daniel Neckel, Horst Hellbrück), In 12th Workshop on Positioning, Navigation and Communication, 2015. [bib] [abstract]
Indoor navigation is a prerequisite for new emerging applications for autonomous mobile robots. Additionally to the location of a robot, the orientation is important for these applications. Furthermore, a solution to this localization problem should be inexpensive and easy extensible for new areas of a building. We propose inexpensive optical landmarks based on localization optimized Quick Response (QR) code for localization of the landmark within an image to reduce computational cost. We further specify the error correction level, border, and size of the QR code for optimal localization. The proposed QR code combines GPS coordinates and local coordinates which allows seamless integration of our approach. We perform image processing to estimate the distance and orientation of a mobile robot with respect to the localization optimized QR code. To evaluate our approach we implemented the approach in an Android application and measured the performance in experiments. Additionally, we suggest a method to retrieve more accurate GPS information based on the measured orientation and distances. Our implementation achieves update rates of up to 3 Hz and an accuracy of 1 cm
Other Publications
[2017] Evaluation of Bluetooth Positioning for Medical Device Tracking (T. Kirchmann, M. Pelka, H. Hellbrück), GRIN (T. M. Buzug et. al., ed.), 2017. [bib]
[2016] Investigation of Anomaly-based Passive Localization with IEEE 802.15.4 (Marco Cimdins, Mathias Pelka, Horst Hellbrück), Technical report, RWTH Aachen University, 2016. [bib] [pdf]
[2015] Position Calculation with Least Squares based on Distance Measurements (Mathias Pelka), Technical report, Fachhochschule Lübeck, 2015. [bib]
[2015] Comparison and Performance Evaluation of Indoor Localization Algorithms based on an Error Model for an Optical System (Z. Lifang, M. Pelka, C. Bollmeyer, H. Hellbrück), GRIN (T. M. Buzug et. al., ed.), 2015. [bib]
[2014] Localization of Heart Reference Point of a Lying Patient with Microsoft Kinect Sensor (Q. Ma, C. Bollmeyer, Y. Zhu, H. Hellbrück), GRIN (T. M. Buzug et. al., ed.), 2014. [bib]
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