Low-overhead Communications in IoT Networks: Structured Signal Processing Approaches

Yuanming Shi, Jialin Dong, Jun Zhang

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The recent developments in wireless communications, networking, and embedded systems have driven various innovative Internet of Things (IoT) applications, e.g., smart cities, mobile healthcare, autonomous driving and drones. A common feature of these applications is the stringent requirements for low-latency communications. Considering the typical small payload size of IoT applications, it is of critical importance to reduce the size of the overhead message, e.g., identification information, pilot symbols for channel estimation, and control data. Such low-overhead communications also help to improve the energy efficiency of IoT devices. Recently, structured signal processing techniques have been introduced and developed to reduce the overheads for key design problems in IoT networks, such as channel estimation, device identification, and message decoding. By utilizing underlying system structures, including sparsity and low rank, these methods can achieve significant performance gains. This book provides an overview of four general structured signal processing models: a sparse linear model, a blind demixing model, a sparse blind demixing model, and a shuffled linear model, and discusses their applications in enabling low-overhead communications in IoT networks. Further, it presents practical algorithms based on both convex and nonconvex optimization approaches, as well as theoretical analyses that use various mathematical tools.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSingapore
Number of pages152
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-15-3870-4
ISBN (Print)978-981-15-3869-8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020


  • Convex optimization
  • Digital signal processing
  • Internet of Things
  • Nonconvex optimization
  • Wireless communications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Computer Science(all)


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