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Yulun Cheng, Longxiang Yang, Hongbo Zhu, "Optimal Distributed Detection for Complex Field Network Coding Assisted Wireless Sensor Networks with Nonorthogonal Communications", Mobile Information Systems, vol. 2016, Article ID 9758780, 11 pages, 2016. https://doi.org/10.1155/2016/9758780
Optimal Distributed Detection for Complex Field Network Coding Assisted Wireless Sensor Networks with Nonorthogonal Communications
Complex field network coding (CFNC) enables signal transmission and information fusion to be operated over nonorthogonal channels, which essentially improves both the bandwidth efficiency and transmission reliability of the wireless sensor networks (WSNs). This paper investigates the power allocation for the CFNC assisted WSNs. By improving the accuracy of the approximation for function, the closed-form expression of the pairwise error probability bound for the considered network is derived, so as to improve the optimization efficiency of the power allocation. On the basis of the expression, the relay power coefficient is optimized under the fixed power constraint. Besides, the impacts of the topology parameters on the power allocation are also analyzed accordingly. Simulations demonstrate that the proposed power allocation outperforms the benchmark in terms of the detection performance. The obtained expression of the power coefficient and insights can provide useful suggestions for the power allocation design of the CFNC assisted WSNs.
Due to the economical deployment and wide range of applications , wireless sensor networks (WSNs) have drawn an upsurge of research interests in recent years. Generally, a WSN consists of low powered sensor nodes, which only own constrained processing and communication capabilities. This fact puts limits on the WSNs in both the bandwidth efficiency and transmission reliability in wireless fading channels .
Distributed detection (DD)  is an efficient solution for the limitation of WSNs. In the DD, each sensor node transmits no raw data but the decision extracted from it, which help to reduce bandwidth expense. Besides, DD is also able to combat the adverse effects of wireless fading channels, because the same raw data are observed by the decisions of multiple sensor nodes and transmitted to the fusion center through multiple independent channels. For the above merits, DD has been extensively studied by the literatures. For example, towards the scenarios that the decisions of the sensors are conditionally independent [4, 5] and correlated [6, 7], the optimal DD and decision fusion have been analyzed, respectively. However, in these works, the communication is assumed to be error-free. References [8, 9] investigate the effects of the noise and wireless fading in the decision fusion, in which the channel state information (CSI) is assumed to be fully known at the receivers. Later, the case is also studied in  when only partial CSI is available.
In these previous studies, to avoid multiaccess interference (MAI), all the sensor nodes transmit in the manner of orthogonal communications, where only one sensor node is permitted to transmit at a certain time. This manner leads to the inefficient utilization of the bandwidth and constrains the throughput of the network, especially for the large WSNs. Therefore, nonorthogonal communications- (NOC-) enabled DD [11–14] appears. With NOC, all the sensor nodes transmit simultaneously over the multiaccess channel, so the bandwidth efficiency is greatly improved.
Interfered by the MAI, the transmission reliability is a key issue for the NOC-enabled DD. Recent work  employs complex field network coding (CFNC)  as a solution of NOC, in which the cooperative relay [17, 18] is also integrated. On the one hand, by using the cooperative relay, the diversity gain can be obtained to improve the transmission reliability. On the other hand, through power allocation, the influence of MAI is also mitigated. Hence, by combing CFNC and cooperative relay,  provides an efficient solution in both bandwidth and transmission reliability for WSNs.
In the power allocation of , the critical step is to obtain a closed-form expression of the detection performance. However, to yield a traceable expression of the pairwise error probability (PEP) bound, the Chernoff bound  is utilized to approximate function in the computation , which is not very tight  and may cause degradation to the optimized result.
This paper focuses on the optimization of the power allocation for the CFNC assisted WSNs, and the major contributions are summarized as follows:(i)Contrary to the former work , we employ the result of  to improve the accuracy of approximation for function and derive the closed-form expression of the PEP bound for the considered network.(ii)We utilize the obtained expression to optimize the relay power by considering fixed power budget. Moreover, the impacts of the topology parameters are also analyzed accordingly, through which the relationship between the power allocation and node location is revealed.(iii)We examine the performance of the obtained result by comparing it with the one of .
The rest of this paper is organized as follows. Section 2 presents the system model of CFNC assisted DD. In Section 3, the PEP analysis and power optimization are presented. Simulation results are provided in Section 4. Finally, Section 5 concludes the paper.
2. System Model of CFNC Assisted DD
We consider the CFNC assisted DD in a parallel WSN, which is utilized to monitor the region of interest (ROI) through binary hypotheses and . The network is consisted of sensor nodes, one fusion center (FC), and one relay node . As is shown in Figure 1, each sensor node firstly acquires raw measurement from the ROI to generate its decision , which is then modulated to produce its signal . Here, the sensing accuracy of is described by the probability of detection and probability of false alarm , which are expressed asAfter that, all signals are transmitted to FC, which are distorted by the fading and noise. Finally, FC combines all the received signals and casts a final decision.
With orthogonal communications, it costs time slots (TS) to transmit all signals. In contrast, with CFNC assisted NOC, only two TSs are needed. According to the scheme, each owns a unique signature . In TS 1, each produces its CFNC signal by multiplying and and then transmits simultaneously. Hence, CFNC signals overlap at both and FC, which can be expressed aswhere and are the received signals at and FC, respectively. and denote the path loss coefficient of -to- and -to-FC links, respectively, while and capture the corresponding fading coefficients. Throughout the manuscript, we assume that the channel state information (CSI) is available at all the receivers. and denote the background noise at and FC, respectively, which are modeled as additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) with zero mean and variance of . After that, decodes the received signals by maximum likelihood (ML) detection, which isThen, encodes the obtained signals asand transmits to FC in TS 2. So the received signal at FC can be written aswhere coefficient denotes the power allocated to .
Finally, FC combines all the received signals in TS 1 and 2. With the optimal fusion rule in Bayesian sense, the corresponding likelihood ratio is computed aswhere , . To simplify the analysis, we follow the assumption utilized in ; that is, . Thus, (6) can be simplified asWhen is given, the conditional probability of is independent of the hypothesis, so (7) can be simplified as
According to the optimal likelihood ratio based fusion rule , the condition distributions and probabilities in (8) can be given asAnd then, FC generates the final decision aswhere is the detection threshold. By means of minimizing the error detection probability, the optimal value of can be obtained aswhere and are a priori probabilities of and , respectively. Thus, the detection metrics of the scheme can be expressed aswhere and are the false alarm probability and detection probability, respectively. Thus, the average error probability can be expressed as
3. PEP Analysis and Power Allocation
In this section, we determine the sensor signature and the relay power coefficient by optimizing the ML bound on the PEP of the considered network. Since each sensor detection is binary, has possibilities, and we denote as th possible detection vector, while its corresponding CFNC symbol can be expressed as . Thus, the PEP at FC can be written aswhere and are the correctly decoding probability and PEP at when is given, respectively. is the PEP at FC given that is sent and decodes correctly. is the correctly decoding probability at FC given that is sent and decodes incorrectly.
When the CSIs are known at , its PEP can be written aswhere “” stands for complex conjugate; and are th component of and , respectively. Thus, follow the Gaussian distribution with zero mean and variance, so (15) can be expressed asBesides, the PEP at FC given that correctly decodes can be expressed asBy a similar analysis as in (15), (17) can be expressed asAlso, the correct decoding probability at FC given, that decodes erroneously, can be obtained asBy substituting (16), (18), and (19) into (14), the instantaneous PEP at FC can be obtained asTo obtain the traceable relationship between and the power coefficient , (20) is bounded as
A closed-form expression of is required to further simplify (21). Different from the previous work  in which the Chernoff bound  is utilized, we employ (1), (2) and (14) in  to approximate asWe utilize (22) on the purpose that the accuracy of the approximation for the derived closed-form expression can be improved, which is vital for the final optimization of . Here, the accuracy comparison of the approximations are depicted in Figure 2, where is proposed as the benchmark. It shows that the gap between (22) and is narrower, which indicates that (22) is superior to the Chernoff bound in the accuracy of approximation.
Therefore, by utilizing (22), (21) can be simplified asWe denote , , . Since , , and follow complex Gaussian distribution with zero mean and unit variance, , , and are exponent variables with a mean of , , , respectively. Thus, the average PEP at FC can be bounded by averaging (23) over fading coefficients as
To make a fair comparison with , we similarly express the sensor signature in the polar form as , where and denote the transmit power and phase of th sensor signature, respectively. is also determined by the heuristic method in . Thus, the total power constraint can be written aswhere is the fixed power budget of the network.
On the other hand, by considering the worst case, (24) can be bounded aswhere , . is the minimum distance of the CFNC constellation, which can be expressed asBy substituting (25) into (26), can be simply expressed asUsing the approximation when is in high SNR region, (28) can be simplified asWe employ (29) as the closed expression of , and the optimization of the power coefficient can be obtained by solving the following equation asMultiplying both sides of (30) by leads toWe denote and ; thus (31) can be simplified asThe roots of (32) with respect to can be expressed asBy abandoning the negative root, the optimal value of is obtained. Table 1 compares this result with the one in , and it shows that our expression is more straightforward to reveal the relationship between and the topology parameters.
Therefore, we utilize the obtained expression of to make the insightful analysis of the topology parameters and determine the proper power allocation. The results are presented as follows.
(1) When , the proposed expression tends toEquation (34) reveals that when the network works in the high SNR region, the optimal policy is to allocate the power budget to all the sensor nodes without employing the relay node, which helps to avoid error detection.
(2) The derivative of the proposed expression with respect to can be obtained asBy using relationship, there areSubstituting (38) into (37), it leads toEquation (37) demonstrates that is the monotone decreasing function given that grows. This result indicates that when the sensor nodes locate close to FC, more power should be allocated to them, because the direct links between the sensor nodes and FC are in good quality. On the contrary, when the sensor nodes locate far from FC, the quality of the direct links are poor, so more power should be allocated to the cooperative relay for reliable transmission.
(3) The derivative of the obtained expression with respect to can be similarly obtained asThe result shows that is the monotone decreasing function when grows, and it reveals that when the relay locates close to FC, more power should be allocated to the sensor nodes. This insight is reasonable, because in that scenario the link between the relay and FC is in good quality, so the end-to-end transmission error rate is dominated by the error detection at relay. If more power is allocated to the sensor nodes, the received SNR at relay can be improved, which is helpful to mitigate error propagation.
(4) The insightful relationship between and is obtained asWe denote , and (39) can be simplified asThe above result shows that is the monotone increasing function with respect to . In fact, when the relay node locates close to the sensor nodes, error detection is slice, so the optimal policy is to fully utilize the cooperative relay by allocating more power to it.
4. Simulation Results
In this section, we examine the detection performance of the obtained power coefficient by employing the one of  as the benchmark. Moreover, the theoretical analysis on the topology parameters presented in Section 3 is also evaluated. MATLAB is employed to build simulation platform. The probability of error and receiver operating characteristics (ROC) curves are simulated as the performance metrics through the Monte-Carlo method. In the simulation of probability of error, it is assumed that in (13), while, in the simulation of ROC curves, and are changed for each simulated point. Simulation length is set as 100 million times per point. Each sensor node has identical false alarm and detection probabilities as and . Also, we assume that the power budget per time slot. In the simulations, the signal-to-noise (SNR) is defined as in which is the time slot duration. Since and are fixed, we supply different SNRs by changing in the simulation. The network topologies are modeled by the path loss coefficients, through which both the symmetric and asymmetric scenarios are considered. Here, we assume the distance between and FC is 1, and is as the reference distance. The other path loss coefficients are given as gains or loss relative to it, that is, .
Figure 3 shows the probabilities of error for the two compared schemes. The metric is simulated under a symmetric topology with , , , and , in which the distance from the relay node to each sensor node is the same, as well as the one from FC to each sensor node. It can be observed that as SNR grows, the gap between the two schemes reduces; however, the proposed scheme is always superior to the benchmark in the same SNR region. This result verifies the effectiveness of the proposed optimization in Section 3 and shows that the accuracy improvement of approximation for function is able to yield better transmission reliability.
Figure 4 shows the ROC curves of the two compared schemes in the same topology with different SNR values. It can be seen that the proposed scheme outperforms the benchmark in each SNR. In the other words, the proposed scheme has higher probability of detection than the benchmark under the same probability of false alarm. The results demonstrate that the proposed power allocation is helpful to improve the detection performance of the network.
Besides symmetric topology, the asymmetric topology is also employed to evaluate the scheme. Figure 5 depicts the probability of error when the relay node is closer to , and the distance from to FC varies. It can be seen that although both compared schemes suffer from the decrease of , the proposed scheme is superior to the benchmark. In fact, the relay node locates farer from , so the error detection at the relay is dominated by the link between them. Meanwhile, when locates farther from FC, the -to-FC link also demonstrates the detection of FC. Hence, the variety of influences the performance of the network largely. However, since the proposed scheme can offer more accurate power allocation to deal with the topology variety, it yields better performance. In the figure, the performance gap is more obvious when locates far from FC, which also verifies the accuracy improvement of the power allocation by the proposed optimization. Similarly, Figure 6 shows the corresponding curves of the asymmetric topology when SNR = 0 dB. The result also shows that the proposed scheme outperforms the benchmark.
We also evaluate the proposed scheme in a more complex scenario in Figure 7, in which and the distance from each sensor node to the relay node is identical. Similar to the situation in Figure 5, the decrease of also deteriorates the performance of both schemes. Consistently, the proposed scheme has a better transmission reliability than the benchmark for each . To conclude, the above results show that the proposed optimization is constructive to improve the accuracy of power allocation, as well as the detection performance of the considered WSN.
Next, we examine the theoretical analysis presented in Section 3. Figure 8 depicts the impact of the high SNR on the proposed scheme. The employed simulation parameters are the same as the ones in Figure 3. Here, we use direct transmission with CFNC as the benchmark, in which the power budget is equally allocated to the sensor node without considering the relay node. The figure shows that, in low and medium SNR regions, the proposed scheme outperforms direct transmission with considerable gap. However, in high SNR region, the gap is negligible. This result demonstrates that, in the high SNR region, the optimal power allocation is close to direct transmission, which corresponds well with the analysis in Section 3. So the simulation and analysis provide an insight that, in high SNR region, direct transmission is a simple yet efficient policy comparing with power allocation.
Figures 9, 10, and 11 show the impacts of parameters , , and on the proposed scheme, respectively. In these simulations, SNR = 5 dB, and the other parameters are the same as the one in Figure 3. In Figure 9, three power coefficients are compared, in which is calculated according to the proposed expression for in Table 1 for each simulated value of , while and are by the expression when and 10 dB, respectively. In other words, varies for each and falls into region . It can be observed that, compared with the two fixed values, obtains better transmission reliability. This result shows that when the sensor nodes move towards FC, the proper transmission policy is to allocate more power to the sensor nodes.
Figure 10 also demonstrates that is superior to and . This result reveals that power adjustment is constructive for the transmission performance when the relay moves towards FC. Besides, it shows that, in this case, more power should be allocated to the sensor nodes. Figure 11 depicts the comparisons when the relay node moves towards the sensor nodes. Similarly, yields optimal performance, while it also shows that more power should be allocated to the relay in this case. The above results verify the corresponding analysis in Section 3 and show that the proposed expression of is effective in analyzing the impacts of the topology parameters and providing proper power allocation for each scenario.
This paper has investigated the power allocation for the CFNC-based DD in cooperative relay assisted WSN. In order to improve the accuracy of optimization, the closed expression of the PEP bound for the considered network is derived by utilizing a high accuracy approximation of function. According to the obtained expression, the power allocation coefficient of the relay is optimized, while some useful insights on the relationship between the power allocation and topology parameters are also provided. Simulations demonstrate that the proposed optimization outperforms the benchmark  in terms of detection performance. Moreover, the impacts of the topology parameters on the power allocation are also verified. Therefore, the obtained expression of the power coefficient and the insights are helpful for the power allocation design in the considered WSN.
The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
This work was supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program) (Grant no. 2013CB329104), the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (863 program) (Grant no. 2014AA01A705), and the National Natural Science Foundations of China (Grants no. 61601238, no. 61372124, and no. 61427801).
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