Vibration Event Localization in an Instrumented Building Conference Paper uri icon


  • In this paper, we present the preliminary results of an indoor location estimation campaign using real data collected from vibration sensors mounted throughout an instrumented smart building. The Virginia Tech Smart Infrastructure Laboratory house a unique testbed featuring a fully instrumented operational building with over 240 accelerometers permanently mounted to the steel structure. It is expected that in the future, more and more buildings will be constructed with sensors scattered about their infrastructures, in no small part due to the envisioned promises of such systems which include improved energy efficiency, health and safety monitoring, stronger security, improved construction practices, and improved earthquake resistance. One of the most promising uses of this smart infrastructure is for indoor localization, a scenario in which traditional radio-frequency based techniques often suffer. The detection and localization of indoor seismic events has many potential applications, including that of aiding in meeting indoor positioning requirements recently proposed by the FCC and expected to become law in the near future. The promising initial results of a simplistic time-difference-of-arrival based localization system presented in this paper motivate further study into the use of vibration data for indoor localization.

name of conference

  • Experimental Techniques, Rotating Machinery, and Acoustics, Volume 8

published proceedings

  • Conference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series

author list (cited authors)

  • Schloemann, J., Malladi, V., Woolard, A. G., Hamilton, J. M., Buehrer, R. M., & Tarazaga, P. A.

citation count

  • 32

complete list of authors

  • Schloemann, J||Malladi, VVNS||Woolard, AG||Hamilton, JM||Buehrer, RM||Tarazaga, PA

editor list (cited editors)

  • De Clerck, J.

publication date

  • January 2015