Cooperative Interference Cancellation for Multi-Beam UAV Uplink Communication: A DoF Analysis

Liang Liu, Shuowen Zhang, Rui Zhang

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Integrating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into the cellular network as new aerial users is a promising solution to meet their ever-increasing communication demands in a plethora of applications. Due to the high UAV altitude, the channels between UAVs and the ground base stations (GBSs) are dominated by the strong line-of-sight (LoS) links, which brings both opportunities and challenges. On one hand, a UAV can communicate with a large number of GBSs at the same time, leading to a higher macro-diversity gain as compared to terrestrial users. However, on the other hand, severe interference may be generated to/from the GBSs in the uplink/downlink, which renders the interference management with coexisting terrestrial and aerial users a more challenging problem to solve. To deal with the above two trade-off, this paper studies the uplink communication from a multi-antenna UAV to a set of GBSs in its signal coverage region. Among these GBSs, we denote available GBSs as the ones that do not serve any terrestrial users at the assigned resource block (RB) of the UAV, and occupied GBSs as the rest that are serving their respectively associated terrestrial users in the same RB. We propose a new cooperative interference cancellation strategy for the multi-beam UAV uplink communication, which aims to eliminate the co-channel interference at each of the occupied GBSs and in the meanwhile maximize the sum-rate to the available GBSs. Specifically, the multi-antenna UAV sends multiple data streams to selected available GBSs, which in turn forward their decoded data streams to their backhaul-connected occupied GBSs for interference cancellation. To draw useful insights, this paper focuses on characterizing the maximum degrees-of-freedom (DoF) achievable by our proposed strategy for UAV's sum-rate maximization in the high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) regime, subject to the stringent constraint that all the occupied GBSs do not suffer from any interference in the UAV's uplink transmission. Numerical examples validate the DoF performance of our proposed strategy, as compared to benchmark schemes with fully cooperative, local or no interference cancellation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 IEEE Globecom Workshops, GC Wkshps 2018 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781538649206
Publication statusPublished - 19 Feb 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event2018 IEEE Globecom Workshops, GC Wkshps 2018 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 9 Dec 201813 Dec 2018

Publication series

Name2018 IEEE Globecom Workshops, GC Wkshps 2018 - Proceedings


Conference2018 IEEE Globecom Workshops, GC Wkshps 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited Arab Emirates
CityAbu Dhabi

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


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