Date of Award

Spring 2011

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematical Sciences - (Ph.D.)


Mathematical Sciences

First Advisor

Eliza Zoi-Heleni Michalopoulou

Second Advisor

Ali Abdi

Third Advisor

Manish Chandra Bhattacharjee

Fourth Advisor

Sunil Kumar Dhar

Fifth Advisor

Jonathan H.C. Luke


Locating and tracking a source in an ocean environment as well as estimating environmental parameters of a sound propagation medium is of utmost importance in underwater acoustics. Matched field processing is often the method of choice for the estimation of such parameters. This approach, based on full field calculations, is computationally intensive and sensitive to assumptions on the structure of the environment. As an alternative, methods that use only select features of the acoustic field for source localization and environmental inversion have been proposed. The focus here is on inversion using arrival times of identified paths within recorded time-series. After a short study of a linearization techniques employing such features and numerical issues on their implementation, we turn our attention to the need for accurate extraction of arrival times for accurate estimation. We develop a particle filtering approach that treats arrival times as "targets", dynamically modeling their "location" at arrays of spatially separated receivers. Using Monte Carlo simulations, we perform an evaluation of our method and compare it to conventional Maximum Likelihood (ML) estimation. The comparison demonstrates an advantage in using the proposed approach, which can be employed as a pre-inversion tool for minimization and quantification of uncertainty in arrival time estimation.

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