Abgeschlossene Forschungspraktika

Filter design for Filter-and-Forward Relaying in Magnetic Induction based WUSNs

Zhao Mengyu, 01.2016-05.2016

Wireless Underground Sensor Networks (WUSNs) present a wide area of research possibilities. The challenge is to establish a reliable fast, and robust communication in the underground medium. Magnetic Induction (MI) based WUSNs make use of induction coils for signal transmission which provides a great benefit in conductive medium (soil) compared to the traditional EM waves and therefore dramatically improves the performance. However, high path loss is still inevitable due to harsh propagation conditions. In original works, MI waveguides (passive multihop relaying) have been proposed, in order to reduce the path loss. Later, this idea has been shown to not improve the performance due to a very limited bandwidth of the MI channel for this technique. Recently, an active MI relay has been introduced and its theoretical performance with different relaying schemes has been shown. In opposite to the MI waveguides, active relaying seems very promising and provides high rate gains. Also, it has been shown, that Amplify-and-Forward (AF) relaying is not suitable for MI based WUSNs. Hence, Filter-and-Forward (FF) relaying has been recommended, since it enables high data rates close to the performance of Decode-and-Forward (DF) relaying and does not require symbol decision at the relay. However, only the theoretical bounds of FF relaying using infinite impulse response (IIR) filters have been computed. In this project, the design of a practical filter with a finite impulse response (FIR) was further investigated.

Buffer-Aided Relaying with Discrete Transmission Rates

Wayan Wicke, 10.2014-10.2015

In today’s cooperative communications networks, the relays receive information in one time slot and transmit it in the following time slot independent of the quality of the receiving and transmitting channels. However, in wireless environments, the qualities of the receiving and transmitting channels vary with time and using predefined reception and transmission slots usually leads to a large performance loss.  By using a buffer at the relay, the relay can receive and store information when the transmit channel is weak and can transmit the stored information when the transmit channel is strong.  Buffer-aided relaying is a relatively new concept that has the potential to significantly improve the performance of wireless relay networks. The objective of this research project is to investigate the optimal buffer-aided relaying protocol which maximizes the throughput of the three-node relay network consisting of a source, a relay node, and a destination. Thereby,  as a practical constraint, source and relay can only transmit with  rates selected from a predefined discrete set of available rates.  Since this protocol is expected to introduce an unbounded delay, a modified buffer-aided protocol which limits the delay without severely limiting the throughput is also to be investigated. The performance of these buffer-aided protocols shall then be compared to the performance of current non-buffer-aided relaying protocols where the transmit nodes can transmit with any desired rate.

Energy Transfer in Access Limited Environments

Xiaoyang Chen, 04.2015 – 08.2015

Wireless Underground Sensor Networks (WUSNs) present a variety of new research challenges. Recently a magneto-inductive (MI) waveguide technique has been proposed to overcome the very harsh propagation conditions in WUSNs. One of the major problems of the WUSNs is the energy consumption in case of access limited deployment. Assuming, that only one sensor node can be charged from outside, the received energy needs to be distributed over the whole network. In order to simplify and improve the charging, the possibility of energy transfer in magnetic induction based WUSNs needs to be investigated. In addition, a simultaneous information and energy transfer technique may dramatically improve the battery lifetime and the system performance.

Information Theoretic Performance Bounds for Practical Full-Duplex Communication

Erik Sippel, 10.2014-04.2015

Abstract: In today’s wireless communications networks, the nodes are usually assumed to operate  in either a full-duplex (FD) or half-duplex (HD) mode. FD nodes can transmit and receive at the same time and in the same frequency  band. However, due to the self-interference caused by concurrent transmission and reception, the design of ideal FD nodes is very challenging in practice and demands precise and expensive components. As a result, HD communication has attracted significant attention for practical wireless networks. HD nodes are not allowed to transmit and  receive  at  the  same  time  and  in  the  same  frequency  band  simultaneously.  However, HD communication suffers from a loss  in spectral efficiency compared to FD communication, e.g., ideal FD communication can enhance the spectral efficiency by up to 100% percent compared to HD communication. The objective of this research project is to study practical FD communication. In fact, in contrast to conventional ideal FD communication which neglects the self-interference and conventional HD communication which avoids self-interference by orthogonal transmission and reception, the effect of self-interference has to be taken into account for the study of the practical FD communication. The focus of this research work was on a simple three-node relay network consisting of a source, a practical FD relay node, and a destination. We determined the fundamental performance limits of practical FD communication and proposed effective coding schemes to achieve these bounds.