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In The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America

In this paper, a meta-learning-based underwater acoustic (UWA) orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) system is proposed to deal with the environment mismatch in real-world UWA applications, which can effectively drive the model from the given UWA environment to the new UWA environment with a relatively small amount of data. With meta-learning, we consider multiple UWA environments as multi-UWA-tasks, wherein the meta-training strategy is utilized to learn a robust model from previously observed multi-UWA-tasks, and it can be quickly adapted to the unknown UWA environment with only a small number of updates. The experiments with the at-sea-measured WATERMARK dataset and the lake trial indicate that, compared with the traditional UWA-OFDM system and the conventional machine learning-based framework, the proposed method shows better bit error rate performance and stronger learning ability under various UWA scenarios.

Zhang Yonglin, Wang Haibin, Li Chao, Chen Desheng, Meriaudeau Fabrice