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See detailDiscrete-Phase Sequence Design with Stopband and PSL Constraints for Cognitive Radar
Alaeekerahroodi, Mohammad UL; Kumar, Sumit UL; Mysore Rama Rao, Bhavani Shankar UL et al

in Proceedings of EuRAD 2020 (in press)

We present the design of discrete-phase sequences considering simultaneously the peak sidelobe level (PSL) and avoiding reserved frequency bands which are occupied by narrowband interferers or ... [more ▼]

We present the design of discrete-phase sequences considering simultaneously the peak sidelobe level (PSL) and avoiding reserved frequency bands which are occupied by narrowband interferers or communications. We use the coordinate descent framework and propose an algorithm to design discrete-phase sequences with spectral power suppressed in arbitrary bands and with low auto-correlation sidelobes in terms of PSL. Our proposed algorithm exploits fast Fourier transform and is, therefore, computationally efficient. The over-the-air experiments using implementation on software-defined radio show reasonable agreement with numerical simulations and feasibility for field-deployment [less ▲]

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See detailAutomotive Squint-forward-looking SAR: High Resolution and Early Warning
Hu, Ruizhi UL; Mysore Rama Rao, Bhavani Shankar UL; Murtada, Ahmed Abdelnaser Elsayed UL et al

in IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing (2021)

Forward-looking automotive radars can sense long-distant targets to enable early warning, but the lateral resolution is limited. Synthetic aperture radar (SAR) techniques can achieve very high azimuth ... [more ▼]

Forward-looking automotive radars can sense long-distant targets to enable early warning, but the lateral resolution is limited. Synthetic aperture radar (SAR) techniques can achieve very high azimuth resolution but cannot resolve targets in the forward direction. As a trade-off, squint-forward-looking SAR (SFL-SAR) can perform 2D imaging on a distant area squint to the moving direction, providing both high resolution and early warning. In this paper, we analyzed and derived the constraints of automotive SFL-SAR to satisfy both the required resolution and braking distance. Simulations and imaging results verified the analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailSpatial- and Range- ISLR Trade-off in MIMO Radar Systems via Waveform Design
Raei, Ehsan UL; Alaeekerahroodi, Mohammad UL; Mysore Rama Rao, Bhavani Shankar UL

in IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing (2021)

This paper aims to design a set of transmit waveforms in cognitive colocated Multi-Input Multi-Output (MIMO) radar systems considering the simultaneous minimization of the contradictory objectives of ... [more ▼]

This paper aims to design a set of transmit waveforms in cognitive colocated Multi-Input Multi-Output (MIMO) radar systems considering the simultaneous minimization of the contradictory objectives of spatial- and the range- Integrated Sidelobe Level Ratio (ISLR). The design problem is formulated as a bi-objective Pareto optimization under practical constraints on the waveforms, namely total transmit power, peak-to-average-power ratio (PAR), constant modulus, and discrete phase alphabet. A Coordinate Descent (CD) based approach is proposed where the solution in each iteration is handled through novel methodologies designed in the paper. The simultaneous optimization leads to a trade-off between the two ISLRs and the simulation results illustrate significantly improved trade-off offered by the proposed methodologies. [less ▲]

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See detailJoint User Grouping, Scheduling, and Precoding for Multicast Energy Efficiency in Multigroup Multicast Systems
Bandi, Ashok UL; Mysore Rama Rao, Bhavani Shankar UL; Chatzinotas, Symeon UL et al

in IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (2020)

This paper studies the joint design of user grouping, scheduling (or admission control) and precoding to optimize energy efficiency (EE) for multigroup multicast scenarios in single-cell multiuser MISO ... [more ▼]

This paper studies the joint design of user grouping, scheduling (or admission control) and precoding to optimize energy efficiency (EE) for multigroup multicast scenarios in single-cell multiuser MISO downlink channels. Noticing that the existing definition of EE fails to account for group sizes, a new metric called multicast energy efficiency (MEE) is proposed. In this context, the joint design is considered for the maximization of MEE, EE, and scheduled users. Firstly, with the help of binary variables (associated with grouping and scheduling) the joint design problem is formulated as a mixed-Boolean fractional programming problem such that it facilitates the joint update of grouping, scheduling and precoding variables. Further, several novel optimization formulations are proposed to reveal the hidden difference of convex/ concave structure in the objective and associated constraints. Thereafter, we propose a convex-concave procedure framework based iterative algorithm for each optimization criteria where grouping, scheduling, and precoding variables are updated jointly in each iteration. Finally, we compare the performance of the three design criteria concerning three performance metrics namely MEE, EE, and scheduled users through Monte-Carlo simulations. These simulations establish the need for MEE and the improvement from the system optimization. [less ▲]

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See detailOversampled DFT-Modulated Biorthogonal Filter Banks: Perfect Reconstruction Designs and Multiplierless Approximations
Alves Martins, Wallace UL; Shankar, Bhavani UL; Ottersten, Björn UL

in IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems. II, Express Briefs (2020), 67(11), 2777-2781

We propose a novel methodology for designing oversampled discrete Fourier transform-modulated uniform filter banks. The analysis prototype is designed as a Nyquist filter, whereas the synthesis prototype ... [more ▼]

We propose a novel methodology for designing oversampled discrete Fourier transform-modulated uniform filter banks. The analysis prototype is designed as a Nyquist filter, whereas the synthesis prototype is designed to guarantee perfect reconstruction (PR) considering oversampling. The resulting optimization problem fits into the disciplined convex programming framework, as long as some convex objective function is employed, as the minimization of either the stop-band energy or the maximum deviation from a desired response. The methodology also accounts for near-PR multiplierless approximations of the prototype analysis and synthesis filters, whose coefficients are obtained in the sum-of-power-of-two (SOPOT) space. The quantized coefficients are computed using successive approximation of vectors, which is able to yield filters with a reduced number of SOPOT coefficients in a computationally efficient manner. The proposed methodology is especially appealing for supporting actual hardware deployments, such as modern digital transparent processors to be used in next-generation satellite payloads. [less ▲]

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See detailSatellite Communications in the New Space Era: A Survey and Future Challenges
Kodheli, Oltjon UL; Lagunas, Eva UL; Maturo, Nicola UL et al

in IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials (2020)

Satellite communications (SatComs) have recently entered a period of renewed interest motivated by technological advances and nurtured through private investment and ventures. The present survey aims at ... [more ▼]

Satellite communications (SatComs) have recently entered a period of renewed interest motivated by technological advances and nurtured through private investment and ventures. The present survey aims at capturing the state of the art in SatComs, while highlighting the most promising open research topics. Firstly, the main innovation drivers are motivated, such as new constellation types, on-board processing capabilities, nonterrestrial networks and space-based data collection/processing. Secondly, the most promising applications are described i.e. 5G integration, space communications, Earth observation, aeronautical and maritime tracking and communication. Subsequently, an in-depth literature review is provided across five axes: i) system aspects, ii) air interface, iii) medium access, iv) networking, v) testbeds & prototyping. Finally, a number of future challenges and the respective open research topics are described. [less ▲]

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See detailGround‐to‐GEO optical feeder links for very high throughput satellite networks: Accent on diversity techniques
Mengali, Alberto; Kourogiorgas, Charilaos; Lyras, Nikolaos et al

in International Journal of Satellite Communications and Networking (2020)

This paper studies the use of optical feeder links in very high throughput satellites (VHTS) networks with emphasis on gateway diversity techniques to mitigate the inherent propagation losses in optical ... [more ▼]

This paper studies the use of optical feeder links in very high throughput satellites (VHTS) networks with emphasis on gateway diversity techniques to mitigate the inherent propagation losses in optical frequencies. Focusing on a GEO scenario, the paper considers a system‐wide approach investigating various challenges of optical feeder links. These include transmission schemes amenable for transparent on‐board processing, optical channel models taking into account blockage by clouds and fading caused by atmospheric turbulence in addition to complexity of on‐board and on‐ground processing. The channel models are then used to dimension the ground segment towards ensuring a given availability percentage (e.g., 99.9%). The channel model and payload complexity further influence the choice of link layer techniques used for counteracting fading due to atmospheric turbulence in the absence of blockage. An elaborate end‐to‐end simulator incorporating the proposed channel models capturing the nuances of various processing blocks like optical‐electrical conversion is developed. The system performance results provide interesting insights and a framework for assessing the feasibility and advantages of optical feeder links in VHTS systems. [less ▲]

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See detailJoint User Scheduling, and Precoding for Multicast Spectral Efficiency in Multigroup Multicast Systems
Bandi, Ashok UL; Mysore Rama Rao, Bhavani Shankar UL; Chatzinotas, Symeon UL et al

in International conference on signal processing and communications (SPCOM) (2020, July)

This paper studies the joint design of user scheduling and precoding for the maximization of spectral efficiency (SE) for a multigroup multicast scenario in multiuser MISO downlink channels. Noticing that ... [more ▼]

This paper studies the joint design of user scheduling and precoding for the maximization of spectral efficiency (SE) for a multigroup multicast scenario in multiuser MISO downlink channels. Noticing that the existing definition of SE fails to account for group sizes, a new metric called multicast spectral efficiency (MC-SE) is proposed. In this context, the joint design is considered for the maximization of MC-SE. Firstly, with the help of binary scheduling variables, the joint design problem is formulated as a mixed-integer non-linear programming problem such that it facilitates the joint update of scheduling and precoding variables. Further, useful reformulations are proposed to reveal the hidden difference-of-convex/concave structure of the problem. Thereafter, we propose a convex-concave procedure based iterative algorithm with convergence guarantees to a stationary point. Finally, we compare different aspects namely MC-SE, SE and number of scheduled users through Monte-Carlo simulations. [less ▲]

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See detailInformation Theoretic Approach for Waveform Design in Coexisting MIMO Radar and MIMO Communications
Alaeekerahroodi, Mohammad UL; Mysore Rama Rao, Bhavani Shankar UL; Mishra, Kumar Vijay et al

in Information Theoretic Approach for Waveform Design in Coexisting MIMO Radar and MIMO Communications (2020, May 14)

We investigate waveform design for coexistence between a multipleinput multiple-output (MIMO) radar and MIMO communications (MRMC), with a radar-centric criterion that leads to a minimal interference in ... [more ▼]

We investigate waveform design for coexistence between a multipleinput multiple-output (MIMO) radar and MIMO communications (MRMC), with a radar-centric criterion that leads to a minimal interference in the communications system. The communications use the traditional mode of operation in Long Term Evolution (LTE)/Advanced (FDD), where we formulate the design problem based on information-theoretic criterion with the discrete phase constraint at the design stage. The optimization problem, is nonconvex, multi-objective and multi-variable, where we propose an efficient algorithm based on the coordinate descent (CD) framework to simultaneously improve radar target detection performance and the communications rate. The numerical results indicate the effectiveness of the proposed algorithm in designing discrete phase set of sequences, potentially binary. [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 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 detailJoint Waveform/Receiver Design for Vital-Sign Detection in Signal-Dependent Interference
Tedgue Beltrao, Gabriel UL; Alaeekerahroodi, Mohammad UL; Schroeder, Udo et al

in Proceedings of the 2020 IEEE Radar Conference (RadarConf20), Florence, Italy, 2020 (2020)

This paper presents the joint design of discrete slow-time radar waveform and receive filter, with the aim of enhancing the Signal to Interference and Noise Ratio (SINR) in phase coded radar systems for ... [more ▼]

This paper presents the joint design of discrete slow-time radar waveform and receive filter, with the aim of enhancing the Signal to Interference and Noise Ratio (SINR) in phase coded radar systems for vital-sign monitoring. Towards this, we consider maximizing the SINR at the input of the vital-sign estimation block, when transmitting hardware efficient Mary Phase Shift Keying (MPSK) sequences. This multi-variable and non-convex optimization problem is efficiently solved based on a Minimum Variance Distortionless Response (MVDR) filter, with the Coordinate Descent (CD) approach for the sequence optimization, and the obtained results have shown attractive interference suppression capabilities, even for the simple binary case. [less ▲]

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See detailSidelobe Performance Analysis of Noise Waveforms Considering the Doppler Mismatch
Tedgue Beltrao, Gabriel UL; Pralon, Leandro; Alaeekerahroodi, Mohammad UL et al

in Proceedings of the 21st International Radar Symposium (IRS), Warsaw, Poland, 2020 (2020)

Waveform design and optimization algorithms generally assume a zero-Doppler ideal case to reach an optimum or satisfactory solution in terms of the matched filter output. Therefore, its performance is ... [more ▼]

Waveform design and optimization algorithms generally assume a zero-Doppler ideal case to reach an optimum or satisfactory solution in terms of the matched filter output. Therefore, its performance is usually characterized only in terms of the resultant waveforms autocorrelation function, neglecting the practical situation in which the received signal is modulated by the target’s Doppler shift. Within this context, this work investigates the Doppler mismatch effects in the Integrated Sidelobe Level (ISL) performance of previously designed/optimized noise waveforms. The analysis has shown that, despite much better results for steady targets, the increasing Doppler mismatch reduces the ISL performance of optimized waveforms, until similar levels achieved when no optimization is performed. To address that, a subpulse Doppler processing approach is also considered, and the results have shown that, besides increasing the Doppler tolerance, it has also increased the optimized waveform robustness to the Doppler mismatch, reducing the resultant ISL loss and thus extending its applicability. [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 detailOptimum Design for Sparse FDA-MIMO Automotive Radar
Sedighi, Saeid UL; Shankar, Bhavani UL; Mishra, Kumar Vijay et al

in Sedighi, Saeid; Shankar, Bhavani; Mishra, Kumar Vijay (Eds.) et al Optimum Design for Sparse FDA-MIMO Automotive Radar (2019, November 03)

Automotive radars usually employ multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) antenna arrays to achieve high azimuthal resolution with fewer elements than a phased array. Despite this advantage, hardware costs ... [more ▼]

Automotive radars usually employ multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) antenna arrays to achieve high azimuthal resolution with fewer elements than a phased array. Despite this advantage, hardware costs and desired radar size limits the usage of more antennas in the array. Similar trade-off is encountered while attempting to achieve high range resolution which is limited by the signal bandwidth. However, nowadays given the demand for spectrum from communications services, wide bandwidth is not readily available. To address these issues, we propose a sparse variant of Frequency Diverse Array MIMO (FDA-MIMO) radar which enjoys the benefits of both FDA and MIMO techniques, including fewer elements, decoupling, and efficient joint estimation of target parameters. We then employ the Cram\'{e}r-Rao bound for angle and range estimation as a performance metric to design the optimal antenna placement and carrier frequency offsets for the transmit waveforms. Numerical experiments suggest that the performance of sparse FDA-MIMO radar is very close to the conventional FDA-MIMO despite 50\% reduction in the bandwidth and antenna elements. [less ▲]

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See detailA New Optimization Tool for Mega-Constellation Design and its Application to Trunking Systems
Kisseleff, Steven UL; Shankar, Bhavani UL; Spano, Danilo UL et al

in 37th International Communications Satellite Systems Conference (ICSSC), Japan, October 2019 (2019, November)

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See detailA Joint Solution for Scheduling and Precoding in Multiuser MISO Downlink Channels
Bandi, Ashok UL; Shankar, Bhavani UL; Chatzinotas, Symeon UL et al

in IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (2019)

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See detailToward Millimeter-Wave Joint Radar Communications: A Signal Processing Perspective
Mishra, Kumar Vijay; Shankar, Bhavani UL; Koivunen, Visa et al

in IEEE Signal Processing Magazine (2019), 36(5), 100-114

Synergistic design of communications and radar systems with common spectral and hardware resources is heralding a new era of efficiently utilizing a limited radio-frequency (RF) spectrum. Such a joint ... [more ▼]

Synergistic design of communications and radar systems with common spectral and hardware resources is heralding a new era of efficiently utilizing a limited radio-frequency (RF) spectrum. Such a joint radar communications (JRC) model has advantages of low cost, compact size, less power consumption, spectrum sharing, improved performance, and safety due to enhanced information sharing. Today, millimeter-wave (mmwave) communications have emerged as the preferred technology for short distance wireless links because they provide transmission bandwidth that is several gigahertz wide. This band is also promising for short-range radar applications, which benefit from the high-range resolution arising from large transmit signal bandwidths. Signal processing techniques are critical to the implementation of mm-wave JRC systems. Major challenges are joint waveform design and performance criteria that would optimally trade off between communications and radar functionalities. Novel multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) signal processing techniques are required because mm-wave JRC systems employ large antenna arrays. There are opportunities to exploit recent advances in cognition, compressed sensing, and machine learning to reduce required resources and dynamically allocate them with low overheads. This article provides a signal processing perspective of mm-wave JRC systems with an emphasis on waveform design. [less ▲]

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