Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name



Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Kemal E. Tepe

Second Advisor

Esam Abdel-Raheem




In a multi-hop Underwater Acoustic Sensor Network~(UWASN) the challenges of the medium access control~(MAC) are different than that of single hop fully connected network. Existing MAC solutions try to solve the challenges of MAC control by channel reservation or contention elimination techniques. These techniques heavily depend on the transmissions of control packets that result in large overhead specially in terms of energy consumptions. In this thesis, a multi-hop enabled energy efficient MAC protocol for UWASN is proposed by exploiting a novel 2-phase contention resolution technique that minimizes the usage of control packets by utilizing short duration tones.~A probabilistic model of the proposed protocol is also developed to analyze the performance of the protocol analytically. A network simulation framework has been designed to simulate MAC and a physical layer for UWASN.~The proposed MAC protocol has been evaluated through quantitative analysis and simulation. By evaluating this proposed protocol through quantitative analysis and simulation, this research found that the proposed protocol outperforms in terms of energy efficiency, channel utilization and end-to-end delay. The proposed protocol achieves stable throughput and a maximum 30\% of theoretical maximum channel utilization in high traffic load in comparison to the existing protocol that becomes unstable and does not perform well. Additionally, the proposed protocol achieves better energy efficiency and lower end-to-end delay.