Adaptive Millimeter-Wave Communications Exploiting Mobility and Blockage Dynamics

Muddassar Hussain, Maria Scalabrin, Michele Rossi, Nicolo Michelusi

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Mobility may degrade the performance of next-generation vehicular networks operating at the millimeter-wave spectrum: frequent loss of alignment and blockages require repeated beam training and handover, thus incurring huge overhead. In this paper, an adaptive and joint design of beam training, data transmission and handover is proposed, that exploits the mobility process of mobile users and the dynamics of blockages to optimally trade-off throughput and power consumption. At each time slot, the serving base station decides to perform either beam training, data communication, or handover when blockage is detected. The problem is cast as a partially observable Markov decision process, and solved via an approximate dynamic programming algorithm based on PERSEUS [2]. Numerical results show that the PERSEUS-based policy performs near-optimally, and achieves a 55 gain in spectral efficiency compared to a baseline scheme with periodic beam training. Inspired by its structure, an adaptive heuristic policy is proposed with low computational complexity and small performance degradation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2020 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2020 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728150895
StatePublished - Jun 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event2020 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2020 - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: Jun 7 2020Jun 11 2020

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Communications
ISSN (Print)1550-3607


Conference2020 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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