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indoor small-cell Networks with 3D MIMO Array Antennas

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Project "is3DMIMO" data sheet

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postcode: S10 2TN

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙309˙500 €
 EC max contribution 877˙500 € (67%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.3. (Stimulating innovation by means of cross-fertilisation of knowledge)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-RISE-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-RISE
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-01-01   to  2020-12-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD UK (SHEFFIELD) coordinator 351˙000.00
2    UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE NL (ENSCHEDE) participant 202˙500.00
5    GAPWAVES AB SE (GOTEBORG) participant 54˙000.00
8    Lanzhou University CN (Lanzhou) partner 0.00


 Project objective

It is predicted that wireless network traffic will increase 1000 times in the next decade. The exponential traffic growth is not uniform across geographical areas and mainly takes place in indoor hot spots. Hence, high capacity indoor venues represent the biggest network capacity increase challenge.

The recently emerged 3D MIMO technology provides a promising dimension to provide extra capacity gain in hot spots. In particular, the 3D deployment of small cells (SCs) equipped with 3D MIMO antenna arrays will take advantage of 3D distribution of user equipment (UE) in typical high capacity venues, and represents an excellent technical combination to address the indoor high capacity challenge. The 3D deployment of SCs with 3D MIMO antenna arrays faces technical challenges ranging from 3D MIMO antenna array design, performance evaluation, the lack of understanding of 3D MIMO SC network performance limits to the optimal 3D SC network deployment.

The is3DMIMO project aims to address these technical challenges by assembling a team of four partners in the UK, Sweden and China with complementary expertise. During the project, the is3DMIMO consortium aims to achieve the following objectives: • characterize and model indoor 3D MIMO channels for typical indoor environments; • develop a reliable OTA antenna characterization method for 3D MIMO SCs; • characterize OTA performance in laboratory conditions as compared to real-life 3D MIMO small cell scenarios; • obtain fundamental understanding of the network performance gains achievable by 3D SCs with 3D MIMO antenna arrays; • develop techniques for jointly optimizing the deployment locations of SC access points (APs) and their 3D MIMO configurations; and • provide 3D MIMO SC network planning and deployment guidelines for typical 3D indoor scenarios. The achievement of the above objectives will provide crucial inputs for multiple-antenna and 5G/B5G system design, and will increase network capacity in indoor hot spots by 20-30%.


List of deliverables.
Database of 3D indoor channel measurements Documents, reports 2020-02-12 16:55:06
Recommendation on optimal 3D MIMO configurations for indoor small cells (to 3GPP, 5G PPP, NGMN, SCF, etc.) Documents, reports 2020-01-14 14:37:03
is3DMIMO training school Other 2020-01-14 15:39:30
Report and data base on various optimal 3D MIMO array antenna configurations Documents, reports 2019-11-14 10:11:08
Project workshops (year 3) Other 2019-11-12 11:30:05
Project workshops (year 2) Other 2019-04-18 14:11:18
Report on indoor 3D MIMO interference modeling and analysis Documents, reports 2019-04-18 13:57:48
Report on the impact of measurement uncertainties of array antennas in RIMP and RLOS and their impact on 3D SMX and 3D beamforming performance Documents, reports 2019-04-18 13:57:50
Report on fundamental performance limits of densely deployed small-cell APs with optimized 3D MIMO configurations Documents, reports 2019-03-20 16:03:18
Report on characterization of 3D SCME in typical indoor environments Documents, reports 2019-03-22 16:40:44
Mid-term Meeting Other 2019-04-18 14:58:15
Report on mechanism of sub-path generation in 3D ray launching Documents, reports 2019-04-18 14:58:14
Project workshops (year 1) Other 2019-04-18 14:58:14
Report on the design of compact array antennas for 3D MIMO Documents, reports 2019-04-18 14:58:14

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of is3DMIMO deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Doris Benda, Sumei Sun, Xiaoli Chu, Alastair Buckley, Tony Q.S. Quek
PV Cell Orientation Angles Optimization for a Base Station Equipped with Several PV Cells
published pages: 1-1, ISSN: 2473-2400, DOI: 10.1109/tgcn.2019.2952636
IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking 2020-01-30
2019 Mengxue Tang, Mikko Vehkapera, Xiaoli Chu, Risto Wichman
LI Cancellation and Power Allocation for Multipair FD Relay Systems With Massive Antenna Arrays
published pages: 1077-1081, ISSN: 2162-2337, DOI: 10.1109/lwc.2019.2906888
IEEE Wireless Communications Letters 8/4 2020-01-30
2019 Haonan Hu, Yuan Gao, Jiliang Zhang, Xiaoli Chu, Qianbin Chen, Jie Zhang
Density Analysis of LTE-LAA Networks Coexisting With WiFi Sharing Multiple Unlicensed Channels
published pages: 148004-148018, ISSN: 2169-3536, DOI: 10.1109/access.2019.2946604
IEEE Access 7 2020-01-30
2018 Haonan Hu, Baoling Zhang, Qi Hong, Xiaoli Chu, Jie Zhang
Coverage Analysis of Reduced Power Subframes Applied in Heterogeneous Networks With Subframe Misalignment Interference
published pages: 752-755, ISSN: 2162-2337, DOI: 10.1109/LWC.2018.2818176
IEEE Wireless Communications Letters 7/5 2019-04-18
2017 Baoling Zhang, Weijie Qi, Jie Zhang
A Markov Based Performance Analysis of Handover and Load Balancing in HetNets
published pages: 223-233, ISSN: 1913-3715, DOI: 10.4236/ijcns.2017.1010013
International Journal of Communications, Network and System Sciences 10/10 2019-04-18
2018 Hui Zheng, Jiliang Zhang, Hao Li, Qi Hong, Haonan Hu, Jie Zhang
Exact Line-of-Sight Probability for Channel Modeling in Typical Indoor Environments
published pages: 1359-1362, ISSN: 1536-1225, DOI: 10.1109/lawp.2018.2846748
IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters 17/7 2019-02-28
2018 Jiliang Zhang, Andres Alayon Glazunov, Jian Yang, Xiaoli Chu, Jie Zhang
An experimental study on indoor massive 3D-MIMO channel at 30-40 GHz band
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IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation (ISAP) 23-26 October 2018 2019-02-28
2017 Amir H. Jafari, David Lopez-Perez, Ming Ding, Jie Zhang
Performance Analysis of Dense Small Cell Networks with Practical Antenna Heights under Rician Fading
published pages: 1-1, ISSN: 2169-3536, DOI: 10.1109/ACCESS.2017.2763613
IEEE Access 2019-06-11
2017 Jiliang Zhang, Yang Wang, Jie Zhang, Liqin Ding
Polarization Shift Keying (PolarSK): System Scheme and Performance Analysis
published pages: 10139-10155, ISSN: 0018-9545, DOI: 10.1109/TVT.2017.2755401
IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology 66/11 2019-06-11

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