Null space learning in cooperative MIMO cellular networks using interference feedback

Alexandros Manolakos, Yair Noam, Andrea J. Goldsmith

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Cooperative Multi-Point is a technology for improved spectrum utilization where a group of neighboring base stations coordinate their transmissions. However, the performance gain is severely degraded due to out-of-group interference. We propose simple schemes for null space learning and tracking of the interference channel between a terminal and an interfering base station group, whose only required network information is the interference levels at the terminal. In the proposed schemes, the interfering base station group transmits a sequence of learning signals which inflict low interference on a terminal of a neighboring group. The schemes utilize the fact that each terminal normally measures its interference levels and feeds them back to its serving base stations. Then, the serving group distributes this information to the interfering group, from which it learns the null space of the interfering channel. The proposed algorithms do not affect the transmission protocol between the terminal and the serving base stations, and do not add any signaling to the control channel between them. Each terminal communicates only with its serving group and treats the learning signals of the interfering group as noise.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2013 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2013
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event2013 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2013 - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: 9 Dec 201313 Dec 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM


Conference2013 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA


  • Cooperative Multi-point communications
  • Multiple-input multiple-output
  • Null Space learning
  • Null-steering
  • Out of Group interference mitigation

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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