Efficient Resource Allocation for Multi-UAV Communication against Adjacent and Co-Channel Interference

Lingyun Zhou, Xihan Chen, Mingyi Hong, Shi Jin, Qingjiang Shi

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Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) swarm has emerged as a promising novel paradigm to achieve better coverage and higher capacity for future wireless network by exploiting the more favorable line-of-sight (LoS) propagation. To reap the potential gains of UAV swarm, the remote control signal sent by ground control unit (GCU) is essential, whereas the control signal quality are susceptible in practice due to the effect of the adjacent channel interference (ACI) and the external interference (EI) from radiation sources distributed across the region. To tackle these challenges, this paper considers priority-aware resource coordination in a multi-UAV communication system, where multiple UAVs are controlled by a GCU to perform certain tasks with a pre-defined trajectory. Specifically, we maximize the minimum signal-to-interference-plus-noise ratio (SINR) among all the UAVs by jointly optimizing channel assignment and power allocation strategy under stringent resource availability constraints. According to the intensity of ACI, we consider the corresponding problem in two scenarios, i.e., Null-ACI and ACI systems. By virtue of the particular problem structure in Null-ACI case, we first recast the formulation into an equivalent yet more tractable form and obtain the global optimal solution via Hungarian algorithm. For general ACI systems, we develop an efficient iterative algorithm for its solution based on the alternating optimization methods. Extensive simulation results demonstrate that the proposed algorithms can significantly enhance the minimum SINR among all the UAVs and adapt the allocation of communication resources to diverse mission priority.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10222-10235
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Aug 12 2021
Externally publishedYes

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  • Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)
  • adjacent channel interference (ACI)
  • channel assignment
  • non-convex optimization
  • power allocation


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