Toward an Intelligent Edge: Wireless Communication Meets Machine Learning

Guangxu Zhu, Dongzhu Liu, Yuqing Du, Changsheng You, Jun Zhang, Kaibin Huang

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The recent revival of AI is revolutionizing almost every branch of science and technology. Given the ubiquitous smart mobile gadgets and IoT devices, it is expected that a majority of intelligent applications will be deployed at the edge of wireless networks. This trend has generated strong interest in realizing an "intelligent edge" to support AI-enabled applications at various edge devices. Accordingly, a new research area, called edge learning, has emerged, which crosses and revolutionizes two disciplines: wireless communication and machine learning. A major theme in edge learning is to overcome the limited computing power, as well as limited data, at each edge device. This is accomplished by leveraging the mobile edge computing platform and exploiting the massive data distributed over a large number of edge devices. In such systems, learning from distributed data and communicating between the edge server and devices are two critical and coupled aspects, and their fusion poses many new research challenges. This article advocates a new set of design guidelines for wireless communication in edge learning, collectively called learning- driven communication. Illustrative examples are provided to demonstrate the effectiveness of these design guidelines. Unique research opportunities are identified.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8970161
Pages (from-to)19-25
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Communications Magazine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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