Keywords: opportunistic localization / probabilistic localization


  • The phrase “Probabilistic localization” seems to be more likely used in robotics using some probablity methods, while “Opportunistic localization” is more like a scenario where anchor information is not always available.


  • Where “opportunistic” comes: opportunistic available data, opportunistic communication between nodes
  • Solution:
  • Scenarios: Mobile device localization, Underwater Sensor Networks (UWSN), Floorplan construction.

Individual Papers

  • OLS: Opportunistic Localization System for Smart Phones Devices, MobiHeld-09
    • Where “opportunistic” comes: opportunistic available data
    • Scenarios: Mobile device localization
    • Solution: fusion of location related information, such as GPS, Wi-Fi, GSM, BLE, accelerometers.
    • No detailed explanantion on “opportunistic”.
  • Experimental Localization Application in Opportunistic Scenario, MobiOpp-10
    • Where “opportunistic” comes: opportunistic communication between nodes
  • Opportunistic Localization in Sparse Underwater Sensor Networks, IEEE TMC-15
    • Scenarios: UWSN
    • Solution: Topology control
  • CrowdX: Construction of Indoor Floorplan with Opportunistic Encounters, IMWUT-18
    • Scenarios: Floorplan construction
    • Solution: Utilize mobile user’s opportunistic encounter information.


[MobiHeld-09] Klepal, M., Weyn, M., Najib, W., Bylemans, I., Wibowo, S., Widyawan, W., & Hantono, B. (2009, August). Ols: opportunistic localization system for smart phones devices. In ACM MobiHeld (pp. 79-80).

[MobiOpp-10] Zorzi, F., Bardella, A., Pérennou, T., Kang, G., & Zanella, A. (2010, February). Experimental localization application in opportunistic scenario. In ACM MobiOpp (pp. 194-196). ACM.

[TMC-15] Misra, S., Ojha, T., & Mondal, A. (2014). Game-theoretic topology controlfor opportunistic localization in sparse underwater sensor networks. IEEE TMC, 14(5), 990-1003.

[IMWUT-18] Chen, H., Li, F., Hei, X., & Wang, Y. (2018). CrowdX: Enhancing Automatic Construction of Indoor Floorplan with Opportunistic Encounters. AMC IMWUT, 2(4), 159.