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Experimental Performance of Blind Position Estimation Using Deep Learning

Jun 06, 2023
Ivo Bizon, Zhongju Li, Ahmad Nimr, Marwa Chafii, Gerhard P. Fettweis

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Accurate indoor positioning for wireless communication systems represents an important step towards enhanced reliability and security, which are crucial aspects for realizing Industry 4.0. In this context, this paper presents an investigation on the real-world indoor positioning performance that can be obtained using a deep learning (DL)-based technique. For obtaining experimental data, we collect power measurements associated with reference positions using a wireless sensor network in an indoor scenario. The DL-based positioning scheme is modeled as a supervised learning problem, where the function that describes the relation between measured signal power values and their corresponding transmitter coordinates is approximated. We compare the DL approach to two different schemes with varying degrees of online computational complexity. Namely, maximum likelihood estimation and proximity. Furthermore, we provide a performance comparison of DL positioning trained with data generated exclusively based on a statistical path loss model and tested with experimental data.

* Published in: GLOBECOM 2022 - 2022 IEEE Global Communications Conference 
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Blind Transmitter Localization Using Deep Learning: A Scalability Study

Jun 06, 2023
Ivo Bizon, Ahmad Nimr, Philipp Schulz, Marwa Chafii, Gerhard P. Fettweis

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This work presents an investigation on the scalability of a deep leaning (DL)-based blind transmitter positioning system for addressing the multi transmitter localization (MLT) problem. The proposed approach is able to estimate relative coordinates of non-cooperative active transmitters based solely on received signal strength measurements collected by a wireless sensor network. A performance comparison with two other solutions of the MLT problem are presented for demonstrating the benefits with respect to scalability of the DL approach. Our investigation aims at highlighting the potential of DL to be a key technique that is able to provide a low complexity, accurate and reliable transmitter positioning service for improving future wireless communications systems.

* Published in: 2023 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC) 
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A Novel Approach for Cancellation of Non-Aligned Inter Spreading Factor Interference in LoRa Systems

Apr 14, 2022
Qiaohan Zhang, Ivo Bizon, Atul Kumar, Ana Belen Martinez, Marwa Chafii, Gerhard Fettweis

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Long Range (LoRa) has become a key enabler technology for low power wide area networks. However, due to its ALOHA-based medium access scheme, LoRa has to cope with collisions that limit the capacity and network scalability. Collisions between randomly overlapped signals modulated with different spreading factors (SFs) result in inter-SF interference, which increases the packet loss likelihood when signal-to-interference ratio (SIR) is low. This issue cannot be resolved by channel coding since the probability of error distance is not concentrated around the adjacent symbol. In this paper, we analytically model this interference, and propose an interference cancellation method based on the idea of segmentation of the received signal. This scheme has three steps. First, the SF of the interference signal is identified, then the equivalent data symbol and complex amplitude of the interference are estimated. Finally, the estimated interference signal is subtracted from the received signal before demodulation. Unlike conventional serial interference cancellation (SIC), this scheme can directly estimate and reconstruct the non-aligned inter-SF interference without synchronization. Simulation results show that the proposed method can significantly reduce the symbol error rate (SER) under low SIR compared with the conventional demodulation. Moreover, it also shows high robustness to fractional sample timing offset (STO) and carrier frequency offset (CFO) of interference. The presented results clearly show the effectiveness of the proposed method in terms of the SER performance.

* Published in: IEEE Open Journal of the Communications Society (Early Access) 
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