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See detailComputationally and Energy Efficient Symbol-Level Precoding Communications Demonstrator
Krivochiza, Jevgenij UL; Merlano Duncan, Juan Carlos UL; Andrenacci, Stefano UL et al

in Physical Communication (2018), 28

We present a precoded multi-user communication test-bed to demonstrate forward link interference mitigation techniques in a multi-beam satellite system scenario, which will enable a full frequency reuse ... [more ▼]

We present a precoded multi-user communication test-bed to demonstrate forward link interference mitigation techniques in a multi-beam satellite system scenario, which will enable a full frequency reuse scheme. The developed test-bed provides an end-to-end precoding demonstration, which includes a transmitter, a multi-beam satellite channel emulator and user receivers. Each of these parts can be reconfigured accordingly to the desired test scenario. Precoded communications allow full frequency reuse in multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) channel environments, where several coordinated antennas simultaneously transmit to a number of independent receivers. The developed real-time transmission test-bed assist in demonstrating, designing and benchmarking of the new Symbol-Level Precoding (SLP) techniques, where the data information is used, along with the channel state information, in order to exploit the multi-user interference and transform it into the useful power at the receiver side. The demonstrated SLP technique is designed in order to be computationally efficient, and can be generalized to others multi-channel interference scenarios. [less ▲]

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See detailDesigning Joint Precoding and Beamforming in a Multiple Gateway Multibeam Satellite System
Joroughi, Vahid; Shankar, Bhavani UL; Maleki, Sina UL et al

in IEEE WCNC 2018 (2018, April 18)

This paper aims to design joint on-ground precoding and on-board beamforming of a multiple gateway multibeam satellite system in a hybrid space-ground mode where full frequency reuse pattern is considered ... [more ▼]

This paper aims to design joint on-ground precoding and on-board beamforming of a multiple gateway multibeam satellite system in a hybrid space-ground mode where full frequency reuse pattern is considered among the beams. In such an architecture, each gateway serves a cluster of adjacent beams such that the adjacent clusters are served through a set of gateways that are located at different geographical areas. However, such a system brings in two challenges to overcome. First, the inter-beam interference is the bottleneck of the whole system and applying interference mitigation techniques becomes necessary. Second, as the data demand increases, the ground and space segments should employ extensive bandwidth resources in the feeder link accordingly. This entails embedding an extra number of gateways aiming to support a fair balance between the increasing demand and the corresponding required feeder link resources. To solve these problems, this study investigates the impact of employing a joint multiple gateway architecture and on-board beamforming scheme. It is shown that by properly designing the on-board beamforming scheme, the number of gateways can be kept affordable even if the data demand increases. Moreover, Zero Forcing (ZF) precoding technique is considered to cope with the inter-beam interference where each gateway constructs a part of block ZF precoding matrix. The conceived designs are evaluated with a close-to-real beam pattern and the latest broadband communication standard for satellite communications. [less ▲]

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See detailConstructive Interference for Generic Constellations
Haqiqatnejad, Alireza UL; Kayhan, Farbod UL; Ottersten, Björn UL

in IEEE Signal Processing Letters (2018), 25(4), 586-590

In this letter, we investigate optimal and relaxed constructive interference regions (CIR) for the symbol-level precoding (SLP) problem in the downlink of a multiuser multiple-input single-output (MISO ... [more ▼]

In this letter, we investigate optimal and relaxed constructive interference regions (CIR) for the symbol-level precoding (SLP) problem in the downlink of a multiuser multiple-input single-output (MISO) channel.We define two types of CIRs, namely, distance preserving CIR (DPCIR) and union bound CIR (UBCIR) for any given constellation shape and size. We then provide a systematic way to describe these regions as convex sets. Using the definitions of DPCIR and UBCIR, we show that the SLP power minimization problem, minimizing either sum or peak (per-antenna) transmit power, can always be formulated as a convex optimization problem. Our results indicate that these regions allow further reduction of the transmit power compared to the current state of the art without increasing the computational complexity at the transmitter or receiver. [less ▲]

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See detailPer-antenna Power Minimization in Symbol-level Precoding for the Multi-beam Satellite Downlink
Spano, Danilo UL; Chatzinotas, Symeon UL; Andrenacci, Stefano UL et al

in International Journal of Satellite Communications and Networking (2018)

This paper addresses the problem of multi-user interference in the forward downlink channel of a multi-beam satellite system. A symbol-level precoding scheme is considered, in order to exploit the multi ... [more ▼]

This paper addresses the problem of multi-user interference in the forward downlink channel of a multi-beam satellite system. A symbol-level precoding scheme is considered, in order to exploit the multi-user interference and transform it into useful power at the receiver side, through a joint utilization of the data information and the channel state information. In this context, a per-antenna power minimization scheme is proposed, under Quality-of-Service constraints, for multi-level modulation schemes. The consideration of the power limitations individually for each transmitting RF chain is a central aspect of this work, and it allows to deal with systems using separate per-antenna amplifiers. Moreover, this feature is also particularly relevant for systems suffering non-linear effects of the channel. This is the case of satellite systems, where the non-linear amplifiers should be properly driven in order to reduce the detrimental saturation effect. In the proposed scheme, the transmitted signals are designed in order to reduce the power peaks, while guaranteeing some specific target signal-to-noise ratios at the receivers. Numerical results are presented in order to show the effectiveness of the proposed scheme, which is compared both to the state of the art in symbol-level precoding and to the conventional MMSE precoding approach. [less ▲]

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See detailParallel and hybrid soft-thresholding algorithms with line search for sparse nonlinear regression
Yang, Yang UL; Pesavento, Marius; Chatzinotas, Symeon UL et al

E-print/Working paper (2018)

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See detailSuccessive convex approximation algorithms for sparse signal estimation with nonconvex regularizations
Yang, Yang UL; Pesavento, Marius; Chatzinotas, Symeon UL et al

E-print/Working paper (2018)

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See detailIMPROVING THE CAPACITY OF VERY DEEP NETWORKS WITH MAXOUT UNITS
Oyedotun, Oyebade UL; Shabayek, Abd El Rahman UL; Aouada, Djamila UL et al

in 2018 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (2018, February 21)

Deep neural networks inherently have large representational power for approximating complex target functions. However, models based on rectified linear units can suffer reduction in representation ... [more ▼]

Deep neural networks inherently have large representational power for approximating complex target functions. However, models based on rectified linear units can suffer reduction in representation capacity due to dead units. Moreover, approximating very deep networks trained with dropout at test time can be more inexact due to the several layers of non-linearities. To address the aforementioned problems, we propose to learn the activation functions of hidden units for very deep networks via maxout. However, maxout units increase the model parameters, and therefore model may suffer from overfitting; we alleviate this problem by employing elastic net regularization. In this paper, we propose very deep networks with maxout units and elastic net regularization and show that the features learned are quite linearly separable. We perform extensive experiments and reach state-of-the-art results on the USPS and MNIST datasets. Particularly, we reach an error rate of 2.19% on the USPS dataset, surpassing the human performance error rate of 2.5% and all previously reported results, including those that employed training data augmentation. On the MNIST dataset, we reach an error rate of 0.36% which is competitive with the state-of-the-art results. [less ▲]

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See detailEdge-Caching Wireless Networks: Performance Analysis and Optimization
Vu, Thang Xuan UL; Chatzinotas, Symeon UL; Ottersten, Björn UL

in IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (2018)

Edge-caching has received much attention as an efficient technique to reduce delivery latency and network congestion during peak-traffic times by bringing data closer to end users. Existing works usually ... [more ▼]

Edge-caching has received much attention as an efficient technique to reduce delivery latency and network congestion during peak-traffic times by bringing data closer to end users. Existing works usually design caching algorithms separately from physical layer design. In this paper, we analyse edge-caching wireless networks by taking into account the caching capability when designing the signal transmission. Particularly, we investigate multi-layer caching where both base station (BS) and users are capable of storing content data in their local cache and analyse the performance of edge-caching wireless networks under two notable uncoded and coded caching strategies. Firstly, we calculate backhaul and access throughputs of the two caching strategies for arbitrary values of cache size. The required backhaul and access throughputs are derived as a function of the BS and user cache sizes. Secondly, closed-form expressions for the system energy efficiency (EE) corresponding to the two caching methods are derived. Based on the derived formulas, the system EE is maximized via precoding vectors design and optimization while satisfying a predefined user request rate. Thirdly, two optimization problems are proposed to minimize the content delivery time for the two caching strategies. Finally, numerical results are presented to verify the effectiveness of the two caching methods. [less ▲]

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See detailEnergy efficiency optimization in MIMO interference channels: A successive pseudoconvex approximation approach
Yang, Yang UL; Pesavento, Marius; Chatzinotas, Symeon UL et al

E-print/Working paper (2018)

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See detailFull 3D Reconstruction of Non-Rigidly Deforming Objects
Afzal, Hassan; Aouada, Djamila UL; Mirbach, Bruno et al

in ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications, & Applications (2018)

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See detailAnticipating Suspicious Actions using a Small Dataset of Action Templates
Baptista, Renato UL; Antunes, Michel; Aouada, Djamila UL et al

in 13th International Joint Conference on Computer Vision, Imaging and Computer Graphics Theory and Applications (VISAPP) (2018, January)

In this paper, we propose to detect an action as soon as possible and ideally before it is fully completed. The objective is to support the monitoring of surveillance videos for preventing criminal or ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we propose to detect an action as soon as possible and ideally before it is fully completed. The objective is to support the monitoring of surveillance videos for preventing criminal or terrorist attacks. For such a scenario, it is of importance to have not only high detection and recognition rates but also low time latency for the detection. Our solution consists in an adaptive sliding window approach in an online manner, which efficiently rejects irrelevant data. Furthermore, we exploit both spatial and temporal information by constructing feature vectors based on temporal blocks. For an added efficiency, only partial template actions are considered for the detection. The relationship between the template size and latency is experimentally evaluated. We show promising preliminary experimental results using Motion Capture data with a skeleton representation of the human body. [less ▲]

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See detailFaster-than-Nyquist Signaling through Spatio-temporal Symbol-level Precoding for the Multiuser MISO Downlink Channel
Spano, Danilo UL; Alodeh, Maha; Chatzinotas, Symeon UL et al

in IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (2018)

This paper deals with the problem of the interference between multiple co-channel transmissions in the downlink of a multi-antenna wireless system. In this framework, symbol-level precoding is a promising ... [more ▼]

This paper deals with the problem of the interference between multiple co-channel transmissions in the downlink of a multi-antenna wireless system. In this framework, symbol-level precoding is a promising technique which is able to constructively exploit the multi-user interference and to transform it into useful power at the receiver side. While previous works on symbol-level precoding were focused on exploiting the multi-user interference, in this paper we extend this concept by jointly handling the interference both in the spatial dimension (multi-user interference) and in the temporal dimension (inter-symbol interference). Accordingly, we propose a novel precoding method, referred to as spatio-temporal symbol-level precoding. In this new precoding paradigm, faster-than-Nyquist signaling can be applied over multi-user MISO systems, and the inter-symbol interference can be tackled at the transmitter side, without additional complexity for the user terminals. While applying faster-than-Nyquist signaling, the proposed optimization strategies perform a sum power minimization with Quality-of-Service constraints. Numerical results are presented in a comparative fashion to show the effectiveness of the proposed techniques, which outperform the state of the art symbol-level precoding schemes in terms of symbol error rate, effective rate, and energy efficiency. [less ▲]

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See detailSDR Implementation of a Testbed for Real-Time Interference Detection with Signal Cancellation
Politis, Christos; Maleki, Sina UL; Merlano Duncan, Juan Carlos UL et al

in IEEE Access (2018)

Interference greatly affects the quality of service of wireless and satellite communications, having also a financial impact for the telecommunication operators. Therefore, as the interfering events ... [more ▼]

Interference greatly affects the quality of service of wireless and satellite communications, having also a financial impact for the telecommunication operators. Therefore, as the interfering events increase due to the deployment of new services, there is an increasing demand for the detection and mitigation of interference. There are several interference detectors in the literature, evaluated by using extensive simulations. However, this paper goes one step further, designing, implementing and evaluating the performance of the developed interference detection algorithms experimentally using a software defined radio, and particularly the universal software radio peripheral platform. A realistic communication system is implemented, consisting of a transmitter, a channel emulator and a receiver. Based on this system, we implement all the appropriate communications features such as pulse shaping, synchronization and demodulation. The real-time system implementation is validated and evaluated through signal and interference detection. We observe that the interference detection threshold is critical to the functioning of the system. Several existing interference detection techniques fail in practice due to this fact. In this paper, we propose a robust and practically implementable method the selection of threshold. Finally, we present real-time experimental results for the probabilities of false alarm and detection in order to verify the accuracy of our study and reinforce our theoretical analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailDeformation Based 3D Facial Expression Representation
Demisse, Girum UL; Aouada, Djamila UL; Ottersten, Björn UL

in ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications, & Applications (2018)

We propose a deformation based representation for analyzing expressions from 3D faces. A point cloud of a 3D face is decomposed into an ordered deformable set of curves that start from a fixed point ... [more ▼]

We propose a deformation based representation for analyzing expressions from 3D faces. A point cloud of a 3D face is decomposed into an ordered deformable set of curves that start from a fixed point. Subsequently, a mapping function is defined to identify the set of curves with an element of a high dimensional matrix Lie group, specifically the direct product of SE(3). Representing 3D faces as an element of a high dimensional Lie group has two main advantages. First, using the group structure, facial expressions can be decoupled from a neutral face. Second, an underlying non-linear facial expression manifold can be captured with the Lie group and mapped to a linear space, Lie algebra of the group. This opens up the possibility of classifying facial expressions with linear models without compromising the underlying manifold. Alternatively, linear combinations of linearised facial expressions can be mapped back from the Lie algebra to the Lie group. The approach is tested on the BU-3DFE and the Bosphorus datasets. The results show that the proposed approach performed comparably, on the BU-3DFE dataset, without using features or extensive landmark points. [less ▲]

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See detailA Revisit of Action Detection using Improved Trajectories
Papadopoulos, Konstantinos UL; Antunes, Michel; Aouada, Djamila UL et al

in IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 15–20 April 2018 (2018)

In this paper, we revisit trajectory-based action detection in a potent and non-uniform way. Improved trajectories have been proven to be an effective model for motion description in action recognition ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we revisit trajectory-based action detection in a potent and non-uniform way. Improved trajectories have been proven to be an effective model for motion description in action recognition. In temporal action localization, however, this approach is not efficiently exploited. Trajectory features extracted from uniform video segments result in significant performance degradation due to two reasons: (a) during uniform segmentation, a significant amount of noise is often added to the main action and (b) partial actions can have negative impact in classifier's performance. Since uniform video segmentation seems to be insufficient for this task, we propose a two-step supervised non-uniform segmentation, performed in an online manner. Action proposals are generated using either 2D or 3D data, therefore action classification can be directly performed on them using the standard improved trajectories approach. We experimentally compare our method with other approaches and we show improved performance on a challenging online action detection dataset. [less ▲]

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See detailConstrained Bayesian Active Learning of Interference Channels in Cognitive Radio Networks
Tsakmalis, Anestis UL; Chatzinotas, Symeon UL; Ottersten, Björn UL

in IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing (2017)

In this paper, a sequential probing method for interference constraint learning is proposed to allow a centralized Cognitive Radio Network (CRN) accessing the frequency band of a Primary User (PU) in an ... [more ▼]

In this paper, a sequential probing method for interference constraint learning is proposed to allow a centralized Cognitive Radio Network (CRN) accessing the frequency band of a Primary User (PU) in an underlay cognitive scenario with a designed PU protection specification. The main idea is that the CRN probes the PU and subsequently eavesdrops the reverse PU link to acquire the binary ACK/NACK packet. This feedback indicates whether the probing-induced interference is harmful or not and can be used to learn the PU interference constraint. The cognitive part of this sequential probing process is the selection of the power levels of the Secondary Users (SUs) which aims to learn the PU interference constraint with a minimum number of probing attempts while setting a limit on the number of harmful probing-induced interference events or equivalently of NACK packet observations over a time window. This constrained design problem is studied within the Active Learning (AL) framework and an optimal solution is derived and implemented with a sophisticated, accurate and fast Bayesian Learning method, the Expectation Propagation (EP). The performance of this solution is also demonstrated through numerical simulations and compared with modified versions of AL techniques we developed in earlier work. [less ▲]

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See detailA Framework for Optimizing Multi-cell NOMA: Delivering Demand with Less Resource
You, Lei; Lei, Lei UL; Yuan, Di et al

in 2017 IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM) (2017, December)

Non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) allows multiple users to simultaneously access the same time-frequency resource by using superposition coding and successive interference cancellation (SIC). Thus far ... [more ▼]

Non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) allows multiple users to simultaneously access the same time-frequency resource by using superposition coding and successive interference cancellation (SIC). Thus far, most papers on NOMA have focused on performance gain for one or sometimes two base stations. In this paper, we study multi-cell NOMA and provide a general framework for user clustering and power allocation, taking into account inter-cell interference, for optimizing resource allocation of NOMA in multi-cell networks of arbitrary topology. We provide a series of theoretical analysis, to algorithmically enable optimization approaches. The resulting algorithmic notion is very general. Namely, we prove that for any performance metric that monotonically increases in the cells’ resource consumption, we have convergence guarantee for global optimum. We apply the framework with its algorithmic concept to a multi-cell scenario to demonstrate the gain of NOMA in achieving significantly higher efficiency. [less ▲]

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See detailSymbol-level Precoding for the Non-linear Multiuser MISO Downlink Channel
Spano, Danilo UL; Alodeh, Maha; Chatzinotas, Symeon UL et al

in IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing (2017)

This paper investigates the problem of the interference among multiple simultaneous transmissions in the downlink channel of a multi-antenna wireless system. A symbol-level precoding scheme is considered ... [more ▼]

This paper investigates the problem of the interference among multiple simultaneous transmissions in the downlink channel of a multi-antenna wireless system. A symbol-level precoding scheme is considered, in order to exploit the multi-user interference and transform it into useful power at the receiver side, through a joint utilization of the data information and the channel state information. In this context, this paper presents novel strategies which exploit the potential of symbol-level precoding to control the per-antenna instantaneous transmit power. In particular, the power peaks amongst the transmitting antennas and the instantaneous power imbalances across the different transmitted streams are minimized. These objectives are particularly relevant with respect to the non-linear amplitude and phase distortions induced by the per-antenna amplifiers, which are important sources of performance degradation in practical systems. More specifically, this work proposes two different symbol-level precoding approaches. A first approach performs a weighted per-antenna power minimization, under Quality-of-Service constraints and under a lower bound constraint on the per-antenna transmit power. A second strategy performs a minimization of the spatial peak-to-average power ratio, evaluated amongst the transmitting antennas. Numerical results are presented in a comparative fashion to show the effectiveness of the proposed techniques, which outperform the state of the art symbol-level precoding schemes in terms of spatial peak-to-average power ratio, spatial dynamic range, and symbol-error-rate over non-linear channels. [less ▲]

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