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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 982017, 13 pages
Research Article

Optimized Hyper Beamforming of Linear Antenna Arrays Using Collective Animal Behaviour

1Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, India
2Department of Electrical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, India

Received 14 March 2013; Accepted 30 April 2013

Academic Editors: A. Almaini and D. L. Paul

Copyright © 2013 Gopi Ram et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A novel optimization technique which is developed on mimicking the collective animal behaviour (CAB) is applied for the optimal design of hyper beamforming of linear antenna arrays. Hyper beamforming is based on sum and difference beam patterns of the array, each raised to the power of a hyperbeam exponent parameter. The optimized hyperbeam is achieved by optimization of current excitation weights and uniform interelement spacing. As compared to conventional hyper beamforming of linear antenna array, real coded genetic algorithm (RGA), particle swarm optimization (PSO), and differential evolution (DE) applied to the hyper beam of the same array can achieve reduction in sidelobe level (SLL) and same or less first null beam width (FNBW), keeping the same value of hyperbeam exponent. Again, further reductions of sidelobe level (SLL) and first null beam width (FNBW) have been achieved by the proposed collective animal behaviour (CAB) algorithm. CAB finds near global optimal solution unlike RGA, PSO, and DE in the present problem. The above comparative optimization is illustrated through 10-, 14-, and 20-element linear antenna arrays to establish the optimization efficacy of CAB.