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See detailRandom Access based Reliable Uplink Communication and Power Transfer using Dynamic Power Splitting
Kisseleff, Steven UL; Chatzinotas, Symeon UL; Ottersten, Björn UL

in IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (2020)

Large communication networks, e.g. Internet of Things (IoT), are known to be vulnerable to co-channel interference. One possibility to address this issue is the use of orthogonal multiple access (OMA ... [more ▼]

Large communication networks, e.g. Internet of Things (IoT), are known to be vulnerable to co-channel interference. One possibility to address this issue is the use of orthogonal multiple access (OMA) techniques. However, due to a potentially very long duty cycle, OMA is not well suited for such schemes. Instead, random medium access (RMA) appears more promising. An RMA scheme is based on transmission of short data packets with random scheduling, which is typically unknown to the receiver. The received signal, which consists of the overlapping packets, can be used for energy harvesting and powering of a relay device. Such an energy harvesting relay may utilize the energy for further information processing and uplink transmission. In this paper, we address the design of a simultaneous information and power transfer scheme based on randomly scheduled packet transmissions and reliable symbol detection. We formulate a prediction problem with the goal to maximize the harvested power for an RMA scenario. In order to solve this problem, we propose a new prediction method, which shows a significant performance improvement compared to the straightforward baseline scheme. Furthermore, we investigate the complexity of the proposed method and its vulnerability to imperfect channel state information. [less ▲]

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See detailFast Adaptive Reparametrization (FAR) with Application to Human Action Recognition
Ghorbel, Enjie UL; Demisse, Girum UL; Aouada, Djamila UL et al

in IEEE Signal Processing Letters (2020)

In this paper, a fast approach for curve reparametrization, called Fast Adaptive Reparamterization (FAR), is introduced. Instead of computing an optimal matching between two curves such as Dynamic Time ... [more ▼]

In this paper, a fast approach for curve reparametrization, called Fast Adaptive Reparamterization (FAR), is introduced. Instead of computing an optimal matching between two curves such as Dynamic Time Warping (DTW) and elastic distance-based approaches, our method is applied to each curve independently, leading to linear computational complexity. It is based on a simple replacement of the curve parameter by a variable invariant under specific variations of reparametrization. The choice of this variable is heuristically made according to the application of interest. In addition to being fast, the proposed reparametrization can be applied not only to curves observed in Euclidean spaces but also to feature curves living in Riemannian spaces. To validate our approach, we apply it to the scenario of human action recognition using curves living in the Riemannian product Special Euclidean space SE(3) n. The obtained results on three benchmarks for human action recognition (MSRAction3D, Florence3D, and UTKinect) show that our approach competes with state-of-the-art methods in terms of accuracy and computational cost. [less ▲]

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See detailConstant-Envelope Precoding for Satellite Systems
Tsinos, Christos; Arora, Aakash UL; Ottersten, Björn UL

in Proc. 2020 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP) (2020)

In this paper, Constant-Envelope Precoding techniques are presented for satellite-based communication systems. In the developed transmission technique the signals of the antennas are designed to be of ... [more ▼]

In this paper, Constant-Envelope Precoding techniques are presented for satellite-based communication systems. In the developed transmission technique the signals of the antennas are designed to be of constant amplitude, improving the robustness of the latter to the non-linear distortions on satellite systems, introduced by the employed on-board Traveling-Wave-Tube-Amplifiers. We consider the forward link of a multi-beam broadband satellite system where the aim is to design the signals at the gateway such that the desired symbols are transmitted to the intended user terminals and the transmitted signals from the satellite terminal are of constant amplitude. At first, the gateway signals are designed given that a fixed on-board beamformer is applied to the satellite terminal. Then, the case of an adaptive on-board beamformer is considered which is designed jointly with the gateway signals. The design of the gateway signals and the adaptive on-board beamformer, in the second case, requires solving difficult nonconvex problems. Efficient algorithmic solutions are developed based on the saddle point method. The effectiveness of the proposed approaches is verified via numerical results. [less ▲]

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See detailCramer-Rao Bound on DOA Estimation of Finite Bandwidth Signals Using a Moving Sensor
Arora, Aakash UL; Mysore Rama Rao, Bhavani Shankar UL; Ottersten, Björn UL

in Proc. 2020 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP) (2020)

In this paper, we provide a framework for the direction of arrival (DOA) estimation using a single moving sensor and evaluate performance bounds on estimation. We introduce a signal model which captures ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we provide a framework for the direction of arrival (DOA) estimation using a single moving sensor and evaluate performance bounds on estimation. We introduce a signal model which captures spatio-temporal incoherency in the received signal due to sensor motion in space and finite bandwidth of the signal, hitherto not considered. We show that in such a scenario, the source signal covariance matrix becomes a function of the source DOA, which is usually not the case. Due to this unknown dependency, traditional subspace techniques cannot be applied and conditions on source covariance needs to imposed to ensure identifiability. This motivates us to investigate the performance bounds through the Cramer-Rao Lower Bounds (CRLBs) to set benchmark performance for future estimators. This paper exploits the signal model to derive an appropriate CRLB, which is shown to be better than those in relevant literature. [less ▲]

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See detailA Worst-Case Performance Optimization Based Design Approach to Robust Symbol-Level Precoding for Downlink MU-MIMO
Haqiqatnejad, Alireza UL; Shahbazpanahi, Shahram UL; Ottersten, Björn UL

in IEEE Global Conference on Signal and Information Processing (GlobalSIP), Ottawa 11-14 November 2019 (2020)

This paper addresses the optimization problem of symbol-level precoding (SLP) in the downlink of a multiuser multiple-input multiple-output (MU-MIMO) wireless system while the precoder's output is subject ... [more ▼]

This paper addresses the optimization problem of symbol-level precoding (SLP) in the downlink of a multiuser multiple-input multiple-output (MU-MIMO) wireless system while the precoder's output is subject to partially-known distortions. In particular, we assume a linear distortion model with bounded additive noise. The original signal-to-interference- plus-noise ratio (SINR) -constrained SLP problem minimizing the total transmit power is first reformulated as a penalized unconstrained problem, which is referred to as the relaxed robust formulation. We then adopt a worst-case design approach to protect the users' intended symbols and the targeted constructive interference with a desired level of confidence. Due to the non-convexity of the relaxed robust formulation, we propose an iterative algorithm based on the block coordinate ascent-descent method. We show through simulation results that the proposed robust design is flexible in the sense that the CI constraints can be relaxed so as to keep a desirable balance between achievable rate and power consumption. Remarkably, the new formulation yields more energy-efficient solutions for appropriate choices of the relaxation parameter, compared to the original problem. [less ▲]

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See detailOnline Spatiotemporal Popularity Learning via Variational Bayes for Cooperative Caching
Mehrizi Rahmat Abadi, Sajad UL; Chaterjee, Saikat; Chatzinotas, Symeon UL et al

in IEEE Transactions on Communications (2020)

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See detailJoint Forecasting and Interpolation of Time-Varying Graph Signals Using Deep Learning
Lewenfus, Gabriela; Alves Martins, Wallace UL; Chatzinotas, Symeon UL et al

in IEEE Transactions on Signal and Information Processing over Networks (2020)

We tackle the problem of forecasting network-signal snapshots using past signal measurements acquired by a subset of network nodes. This task can be seen as a combination of multivariate time-series ... [more ▼]

We tackle the problem of forecasting network-signal snapshots using past signal measurements acquired by a subset of network nodes. This task can be seen as a combination of multivariate time-series forecasting (temporal prediction) and graph signal interpolation (spatial prediction). This is a fundamental problem for many applications wherein deploying a high granularity network is impractical. Our solution combines recurrent neural networks with frequency-analysis tools from graph signal processing, and assumes that data is sufficiently smooth with respect to the underlying graph. The proposed learning model outperforms state-of-the-art deep learning techniques, especially when predictions are made using a small subset of network nodes, considering two distinct real world datasets: temperatures in the US and speed flow in Seattle. The results also indicate that our method can handle noisy signals and missing data, making it suitable to many practical applications. [less ▲]

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See detailDeepVI: A Novel Framework for Learning Deep View-Invariant Human Action Representations using a Single RGB Camera
Papadopoulos, Konstantinos UL; Ghorbel, Enjie UL; Oyedotun, Oyebade UL et al

in IEEE International Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition, Buenos Aires 18-22 May 2020 (2020)

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See detailJoint Power Allocation and Access Point Selection for Cell-free Massive MIMO
Vu, Thang Xuan UL; Chatzinotas, Symeon UL; ShahbazPanahi, Shahram et al

in IEEE International Conference on Communications (2020)

Cell-free massive multiple-input multiple-output (CF-MIMO) is a promising technological enabler for fifth generation (5G) networks in which a large number of access points (APs) jointly serve the users ... [more ▼]

Cell-free massive multiple-input multiple-output (CF-MIMO) is a promising technological enabler for fifth generation (5G) networks in which a large number of access points (APs) jointly serve the users. Each AP applies conjugate beamforming to precode data, which is based only on the AP's local channel state information. However, by having the nature of a (very) large number of APs, the operation of CF-MIMO can be energy-inefficient. In this paper, we investigate the energy efficiency performance of CF-MIMO by considering a practical energy consumption model which includes both the signal transmit energy as well as the static energy consumed by hardware components. In particular, a joint power allocation and AP selection design is proposed to minimize the total energy consumption subject to given quality of service (QoS) constraints. In order to deal with the combinatorial complexity of the formulated problem, we employ norm $l_{2,1}$-based block-sparsity and successive convex optimization to leverage the AP selection process. Numerical results show significant energy savings obtained by the proposed design, compared to all-active APs scheme and the large-scale based AP selection. [less ▲]

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See detailReconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces for Smart Cities: Research Challenges and Opportunities
Kisseleff, Steven UL; Alves Martins, Wallace UL; Al-Hraishawi, Hayder UL et al

in IEEE Open Journal of the Communications Society (2020)

The concept of Smart Cities has been introduced as a way to benefit from the digitization of various ecosystems at a city level. To support this concept, future communication networks need to be carefully ... [more ▼]

The concept of Smart Cities has been introduced as a way to benefit from the digitization of various ecosystems at a city level. To support this concept, future communication networks need to be carefully designed with respect to the city infrastructure and utilization of resources. Recently, the idea of 'smart' environment, which takes advantage of the infrastructure in order to enable better performance of wireless networks, has been proposed. This idea is aligned with the recent advances in design of reconfigurable intelligent surfaces (RISs), which are planar structures with the capability to reflect impinging electromagnetic waves toward preferred directions. Thus, RISs are expected to provide the necessary flexibility for the design of the ‘smart’ communication environment, which can be optimally shaped to enable cost- and energy-efficient signal transmissions where needed. Upon deployment of RISs, the ecosystem of the Smart Cities would become even more controllable and adaptable, which would subsequently ease the implementation of future communication networks in urban areas and boost the interconnection among private households and public services. In this article, we provide our vision on RIS integration into future Smart Cities by pointing out some forward looking new application scenarios and use cases and by highlighting the potential advantages of RIS deployment. To this end, we identify the most promising research directions and opportunities. The respective design problems are formulated mathematically. Moreover, we focus the discussion on the key enabling aspects for RIS-assisted Smart Cities, which require substantial research efforts such as pilot decontamination, precoding for large multiuser networks, distributed operation and control of RISs. These contributions pave the road to a systematic design of RIS-assisted communication networks for Smart Cities in the years to come. [less ▲]

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See detailHybrid Transceivers Design for Large-Scale Antenna Arrays Using Majorization-Minimization Algorithms
Arora, Aakash UL; Tsinos, Christos UL; Shankar, Bhavani UL et al

in IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing (2020), 68

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See detailOn Performance Characterization of Cascaded Multiwire-PLC/MIMO-RF Communication System
Ai, Yun; Kong, Long UL; Cheffena, Michael et al

E-print/Working paper (2020)

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See detailFull-Duplex Enabled Mobile Edge Caching: From Distributed to Cooperative Caching
Vu, Thang Xuan UL; Chatzinotas, Symeon UL; Ottersten, Björn UL et al

in IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (2020)

Mobile edge caching (MEC) has received much attention as a promising technique to overcome the stringent latency and data hungry requirements in future generation wireless networks. Meanwhile, full-duplex ... [more ▼]

Mobile edge caching (MEC) has received much attention as a promising technique to overcome the stringent latency and data hungry requirements in future generation wireless networks. Meanwhile, full-duplex (FD) transmission can potentially double the spectral efficiency by allowing a node to receive and transmit in the same time/frequency block simultaneously. In this paper, we investigate the delivery time performance of full-duplex enabled MEC (FD-MEC) systems, in which the users are served by distributed edge nodes (ENs), which operate in FD mode and are equipped with a limited storage memory. Firstly, we analyse the FD-MEC with different levels of cooperation among the ENs and take into account a realistic model of self-interference cancellation. Secondly, we propose a framework to minimize the system delivery time of FD-MEC under both linear and optimal precoding designs. Thirdly, to deal with the non-convexity of the formulated problems, two iterative optimization algorithms are proposed based on the inner approximation method, whose convergence is analytically guaranteed. Finally, the effectiveness of the proposed designs are demonstrated via extensive numerical results. It is shown that the cooperative scheme mitigates inter-user and self interference significantly better than the distributed scheme at an expense of inter-EN cooperation. In addition, we show that minimum mean square error (MMSE)-based precoding design achieves the best performance-complexity trade-off, compared with the zero-forcing and optimal designs. [less ▲]

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See detailAn Overview of Generic Tools for Information-Theoretic Secrecy Performance Analysis over Wiretap Fading Channels
Kong, Long UL; Ai, Yun; Lei, Lei UL et al

E-print/Working paper (2020)

An alternative or supplementary approach named as physical layer security has been proposed to afford an extra security layer on top of the conventional cryptography technique. In this paper, an overview ... [more ▼]

An alternative or supplementary approach named as physical layer security has been proposed to afford an extra security layer on top of the conventional cryptography technique. In this paper, an overview of secrecy performance investigations over the classic Alice-Bob-Eve wiretap fading channels is conducted. On the basis of the classic wiretap channel model, we have comprehensively listed and thereafter compared the existing works on physical layer secrecy analysis considering the small-scale, large-scale, composite, and cascaded fading channel models. Exact secrecy metrics expressions, including secrecy outage probability (SOP), the probability of non-zero secrecy capacity (PNZ), average secrecy capacity (ASC), and secrecy bounds, including the lower bound of SOP and ergodic secrecy capacity, are presented. In order to encompass the aforementioned four kinds of fading channel models with a more \textit{generic} and \textit{flexible} distribution, the mixture gamma (MG), mixture of Gaussian (MoG), and Fox's $H$-function distributions are three useful candidates to largely include the above-mentioned four kinds of fading channel models. It is shown that they are flexible and general when assisting the secrecy analysis to obtain closed-form expressions. Their advantages and limitations are also highlighted. Conclusively, these three approaches are proven to provide a unified secrecy analysis framework and can cover all types of independent wiretap fading channel models. Apart from those, revisiting the existing secrecy enhancement techniques based on our system configuration, the on-off transmission scheme, jamming approach (including artificial noise (AN) & artificial fast fading (AFF)), antenna selection, and security region are presented. [less ▲]

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See detailSecure Vehicular Communications through Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces
Ai, Yun; Figueiredo, Felipe A. P. de; Kong, Long UL et al

E-print/Working paper (2020)

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See detailInterference Exploitation via Symbol-Level Precoding: Overview, State-of-the-Art and Future Directions
Li, Ang; Spano, Danilo UL; Krivochiza, Jevgenij UL et al

in IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials (2020), 22(2), 796-839

Interference is traditionally viewed as a performance limiting factor in wireless communication systems, which is to be minimized or mitigated. Nevertheless, a recent line of work has shown that by ... [more ▼]

Interference is traditionally viewed as a performance limiting factor in wireless communication systems, which is to be minimized or mitigated. Nevertheless, a recent line of work has shown that by manipulating the interfering signals such that they add up constructively at the receiver side, known interference can be made beneficial and further improve the system performance in a variety of wireless scenarios, achieved by symbol-level precoding (SLP). This paper aims to provide a tutorial on interference exploitation techniques from the perspective of precoding design in a multi-antenna wireless communication system, by beginning with the classification of constructive interference (CI) and destructive interference (DI). The definition for CI is presented and the corresponding mathematical characterization is formulated for popular modulation types, based on which optimization-based precoding techniques are discussed. In addition, the extension of CI precoding to other application scenarios as well as for hardware efficiency is also described. Proof-of-concept testbeds are demonstrated for the potential practical implementation of CI precoding, and finally a list of open problems and practical challenges are presented to inspire and motivate further research directions in this area. [less ▲]

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See detailLocalization Performance of 1-Bit Passive Radars in NB-IoT Applications
Sedighi, Saeid UL; Mishra, Kumar Vijay; Shankar, Bhavani UL et al

in Sedighi, Saeid; Mishra, Kumar Vijay; Shankar, Bhavani (Eds.) et al Localization Performance of 1-Bit Passive Radars in NB-IoT Applications (2019, December 14)

Location-based services form an important use-case in emerging narrowband Internet-of-Things (NB-IoT) networks. Critical to this offering is an accurate estimation of the location without overlaying the ... [more ▼]

Location-based services form an important use-case in emerging narrowband Internet-of-Things (NB-IoT) networks. Critical to this offering is an accurate estimation of the location without overlaying the network with additional active sensors. The massive number of devices, low power requirement, and low bandwidths restrict the sampling rates of NB-IoT receivers. In this paper, we propose a novel low-complexity approach for NB-IoT target delay estimation in cases where one-bit analog-to-digital-converters (ADCs) are employed to sample the received radar signal instead of high-resolution ADCs. This problem has potential applications in the design of inexpensive NB-IoT radar and sensing devices. We formulate the target estimation as a multivariate fractional optimization problem and solve it via Lasserre's semi-definite program relaxation. Numerical experiments suggest feasibility of the proposed approach yielding high localization accuracy with a very low number of 1-bit samples. [less ▲]

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See detailJoint Scheduling and Precoding for Frame-Based Multigroup Multicasting in Satellite Communications
Bandi, Ashok UL; Shankar, Bhavani UL; Chatzinotas, Symeon UL et al

in Bandi, Ashok; Shankar, Bhavani; Chatzinotas, Symeon (Eds.) et al Joint Scheduling and Precoding for Frame-Based Multigroup Multicasting in Satellite Communications (2019, December 09)

Recent satellite standards enforce the coding of multiple users’ data in a frame. This transmission strategy mimics the well-known physical layer multigroup multicasting (MGMC). However, typical beam ... [more ▼]

Recent satellite standards enforce the coding of multiple users’ data in a frame. This transmission strategy mimics the well-known physical layer multigroup multicasting (MGMC). However, typical beam coverage with a large number of users and limited frame length lead to the scheduling of only a few users. Moreover, in emerging aggressive frequency reuse systems, scheduling is coupled with precoding. This is addressed in this work, through the joint design of scheduling and precoding for frame-based MGMC satellite systems. This aim is formulated as the maximization of the sum-rate under per beam power constraint and minimum SINR requirement of scheduled users. Further, a framework is proposed to transform the non-smooth SR objective with integer scheduling and nonconvex SINR constraints as a difference-of-convex problem that facilitates the joint update of scheduling and precoding. Therein, an efficient convex-concave procedure based algorithm is proposed. Finally, the gains (up to 50%) obtained by the jointed design over state-of-the-art methods is shown through Monte-Carlo simulations. [less ▲]

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See detailMachine learning for physical-layer security: Attacks and SLP Countermeasures for Multiantenna Downlink Systems
Mayouche, Abderrahmane UL; Spano, Danilo; Tsinos, Christos UL et al

Scientific Conference (2019, December)

Most physical-layer security (PLS) work employ information theoretic metrics for performance analysis. In this paper, however, we investigate PLS from a signal processing point of view, where we rely on ... [more ▼]

Most physical-layer security (PLS) work employ information theoretic metrics for performance analysis. In this paper, however, we investigate PLS from a signal processing point of view, where we rely on bit-error rate (BER) at the eavesdropper (Eve) as a metric for information leakage. Meanwhile, recently, symbol-level precoding (SLP) has been shown to provide PLS gains as a new way for security. However, in this work, we introduce a machine learning (ML) based attack, where we show that even SLP schemes can be vulnerable to such attacks. Namely, this attack manifests when an eavesdropper (Eve) utilizes ML in order to learn the precoding pattern when precoded pilots are sent. With this ability, an Eve can decode data with favorable accuracy. As a countermeasure to this attack, we propose a novel precoding design. The proposed countermeasure yields high BER at the Eve, which makes symbol detection practically infeasible for the latter, thus providing physical-layer security between the base station (BS) and the users. In the numerical results, we validate both the attack and the countermeasure, and show that this gain in security can be achieved at the expense of only a small additional power consumption at the transmitter. [less ▲]

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See detailMultigroup Multicast Precoding for Energy Optimization in SWIPT Systems with Heterogeneous Users
Gautam, Sumit UL; Lagunas, Eva UL; Bandi, Ashok UL et al

in IEEE Communications Society Magazine (2019)

The key to developing future generations of wireless communication systems lies in the expansion of extant methodologies, which ensures the coexistence of a variety of devices within a system. In this ... [more ▼]

The key to developing future generations of wireless communication systems lies in the expansion of extant methodologies, which ensures the coexistence of a variety of devices within a system. In this paper, we assume several multicasting (MC) groups comprising three types of heterogeneous users including Information Decoding (ID), Energy Harvesting (EH) and both ID and EH. We present a novel framework to investigate the multi-group (MG) - MC precoder designs for three different scenarios, namely, Separate Multicast and Energy Precoding Design (SMEP), Joint Multicast and Energy Precoding Design (JMEP), and Per-User Information and/or Energy Precoding Design (PIEP). In the considered system, a multi-antenna source transmits the relevant information and/or energy to the groups of corresponding receivers using more than one MC streams. The data processing users employ the conventional ID receiver architectures, the EH users make use of a non-linear EH module for energy acquisition, while the users capable of performing both ID and EH utilize the separated architecture with disparate ID and non-linear EH units. Our contribution is threefold. Firstly, we propose an optimization framework to i) minimize the total transmit power and ii) to maximize the sum harvested energy, the two key performance metrics of MG-MC systems. The proposed framework allows the analysis of the system under arbitrary given quality of service and harvested energy requirements. Secondly, to deal with the non-convexity of the formulated problems, we transform the original problems respectively into equivalent forms, which can be effectively solved by semi-definite relaxation (SDR) and alternating optimization. The convergence of the proposed algorithms is analytically guaranteed. Thirdly, a comparative study between the proposed schemes is conducted via extensive numerical results, wherein the benefits of adopting SMEP over JMEP and PIEP models are discussed [less ▲]

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