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Hybrid Digital-Analog Networking under Extreme Energy and Latency Constraints

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Project "BEACON" data sheet

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city: LONDON
postcode: SW7 2AZ

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙496˙350 €
 EC max contribution 1˙496˙350 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-10-01   to  2021-09-30


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 Project objective

The objective of the BEACON project is to (re-)introduce analog communications into the design of modern wireless networks. We argue that the extreme energy and latency constraints imposed by the emerging Internet of Everything (IoE) paradigm can only be met within a hybrid digital-analog communications framework. Current network architectures separate source and channel coding, orthogonalize users, and employ long block-length digital source and channel codes, which are either suboptimal or not applicable under the aforementioned constraints. BEACON questions these well-established design principles, and proposes to replace them with a hybrid digital-analog communications framework, which will meet the required energy and latency constraints while simplifying the encoding and decoding processes. BEACON pushes the performance of the IoE to its theoretical limits by i) exploiting signal correlations that are abundant in IoE applications, given the foreseen density of deployed sensing devices, ii) taking into account the limited and stochastic nature of energy availability due to, for example, energy harvesting capabilities, iii) using feedback resources to improve the end-to-end signal distortion, and iv) deriving novel converse results to identify fundamental performance benchmarks.

The results of BEACON will not only shed light on the fundamental limits on the performance any coding scheme can achieve, but will also lead to the development of unconventional codes and communication protocols that can approach these limits, combining digital and analog communication techniques. The ultimate challenge for this project is to exploit the developed hybrid digital-analog networking theory for a complete overhaul of the physical layer design for emerging IoE applications, such as smart grids, tele-robotics and smart homes. For this purpose, a proof-of-concept implementation test-bed will also be built using software defined radios and sensor nodes.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Elif Tugce Ceran, Deniz Gunduz, Andras Gyorgy
Average Age of Information With Hybrid ARQ Under a Resource Constraint
published pages: 1900-1913, ISSN: 1536-1276, DOI: 10.1109/twc.2019.2899303
IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications 18/3 2019-09-02
2018 Tze-Yang Tung, Deniz Gunduz
SparseCast: Hybrid Digital-Analog Wireless Image Transmission Exploiting Frequency-Domain Sparsity
published pages: 2451-2454, ISSN: 1089-7798, DOI: 10.1109/LCOMM.2018.2877316
IEEE Communications Letters 22/12 2019-09-02
2018 Basak Guler, Deniz Gunduz, Aylin Yener
Lossy Coding of Correlated Sources Over a Multiple Access Channel: Necessary Conditions and Separation Results
published pages: 6081-6097, ISSN: 0018-9448, DOI: 10.1109/tit.2018.2844833
IEEE Transactions on Information Theory 64/9 2019-09-02
2018 B. N. Bharath, K. G. Nagananda, D. Gunduz, H. Vincent Poor
Caching With Time-Varying Popularity Profiles: A Learning-Theoretic Perspective
published pages: 3837-3847, ISSN: 0090-6778, DOI: 10.1109/tcomm.2018.2835479
IEEE Transactions on Communications 66/9 2019-09-02
2018 Samuel O. Somuyiwa, Andras Gyorgy, Deniz Gunduz
A Reinforcement-Learning Approach to Proactive Caching in Wireless Networks
published pages: 1331-1344, ISSN: 0733-8716, DOI: 10.1109/jsac.2018.2844985
IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications 36/6 2019-09-02
2018 Qianqian Yang, Deniz Gunduz
Coded Caching and Content Delivery With Heterogeneous Distortion Requirements
published pages: 4347-4364, ISSN: 0018-9448, DOI: 10.1109/tit.2018.2805331
IEEE Transactions on Information Theory 64/6 2019-07-30
2018 Jinwen Shi, Ling Liu, Deniz Gunduz, Cong Ling
Polar Codes and Polar Lattices for the Heegard–Berger Problem
published pages: 3760-3771, ISSN: 0090-6778, DOI: 10.1109/tcomm.2018.2832618
IEEE Transactions on Communications 66/9 2019-07-30
2018 Mohammad Mohammadi Amiri, Deniz Gunduz
Caching and Coded Delivery Over Gaussian Broadcast Channels for Energy Efficiency
published pages: 1706-1720, ISSN: 0733-8716, DOI: 10.1109/jsac.2018.2844623
IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications 36/8 2019-09-02
2018 Qianqian Yang, Deniz Gunduz
Coded Caching and Content Delivery With Heterogeneous Distortion Requirements
published pages: 4347-4364, ISSN: 0018-9448, DOI: 10.1109/tit.2018.2805331
IEEE Transactions on Information Theory 64/6 2019-09-02
2017 Mohammad Mohammadi Amiri, Deniz Gunduz
Fundamental Limits of Coded Caching: Improved Delivery Rate-Cache Capacity Tradeoff
published pages: 806-815, ISSN: 0090-6778, DOI: 10.1109/TCOMM.2016.2638841
IEEE Transactions on Communications 65/2 2019-06-19
2017 Yonathan Murin, Yonatan Kaspi, Ron Dabora, Deniz Gunduz
Finite-Length Linear Schemes for Joint Source-Channel Coding over Gaussian Broadcast Channels with Feedback
published pages: 1-1, ISSN: 0018-9448, DOI: 10.1109/TIT.2017.2678988
IEEE Transactions on Information Theory 2019-06-19
2018 Emre Ozfatura, Deniz Gunduz
Mobility and Popularity-Aware Coded Small-Cell Caching
published pages: 288-291, ISSN: 1089-7798, DOI: 10.1109/LCOMM.2017.2774799
IEEE Communications Letters 22/2 2019-06-19
2018 Morteza Varasteh, Borzoo Rassouli, Osvaldo Simeone, Deniz Gunduz
Zero-Delay Source-Channel Coding With a Low-Resolution ADC Front End
published pages: 1241-1261, ISSN: 0018-9448, DOI: 10.1109/TIT.2017.2719708
IEEE Transactions on Information Theory 64/2 2019-06-19
2018 Mohammad Mohammadi Amiri, Deniz Gunduz
Cache-Aided Content Delivery Over Erasure Broadcast Channels
published pages: 370-381, ISSN: 0090-6778, DOI: 10.1109/TCOMM.2017.2751608
IEEE Transactions on Communications 66/1 2019-06-19
2017 Erman Koken, Deniz Gunduz, Ertem Tuncel
Energy-Distortion Exponents in Lossy Transmission of Gaussian Sources Over Gaussian Channels
published pages: 1227-1236, ISSN: 0018-9448, DOI: 10.1109/TIT.2016.2634578
IEEE Transactions on Information Theory 63/2 2019-06-19
2017 Morteza Varasteh, Borzoo Rassouli, Osvaldo Simeone, Deniz Gunduz
Zero-Delay Source-Channel Coding With a 1-Bit ADC Front End and Correlated Receiver Side Information
published pages: 5429-5444, ISSN: 0090-6778, DOI: 10.1109/TCOMM.2017.2747541
IEEE Transactions on Communications 65/12 2019-06-19
2018 Giulio Giaconi, Deniz Gunduz, H. Vincent Poor
Smart Meter Privacy With Renewable Energy and an Energy Storage Device
published pages: 129-142, ISSN: 1556-6013, DOI: 10.1109/TIFS.2017.2744601
IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security 13/1 2019-06-19
2018 Mehdi Salehi Heydar Abad, Ozgur Ercetin, Deniz Gunduz
Channel Sensing and Communication Over a Time-Correlated Channel With an Energy Harvesting Transmitter
published pages: 114-126, ISSN: 2473-2400, DOI: 10.1109/TGCN.2017.2766173
IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking 2/1 2019-06-19
2017 Mohammad Mohammadi Amiri, Qianqian Yang, Deniz Gunduz
Decentralized Caching and Coded Delivery With Distinct Cache Capacities
published pages: 4657-4669, ISSN: 0090-6778, DOI: 10.1109/TCOMM.2017.2734767
IEEE Transactions on Communications 65/11 2019-06-19

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