Integrated Communication, Localization and Sensing towards 6G
A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2024) | Viewed by 2491
Interests: wireless localization; integration of sensing and communication; UWB; autonomous vehicle and intelligent transportation systems
Interests: key techniques for 5G and 6G systems; localization based on integration of satellite navigation and communication; network security based on data mining and machine learning; application of machine learning for wireless communication; design and development of cognitive radio systems
Interests: wireless networks; cognitive radio; intelligent signal processing; biomedical electronics; deep space communications
Interests: 5G mobile communications; integration of radar sensing and communication; convex/non-convex optimization millimetre-wave communication, antenna array signal processing, localization and radar signal processing and imaging
Investigations on 6G are now well underway and several large initiatives have been launched to define this new generation of wireless networks. Due to the wide variety of envisioned cases, 6G will not lead to a generalized one-fits-all solution, but rather generate a rich diversity in terms of devices, spectrum usage, and applications. In addition to communications, many emerging services in 6G are also based on localization and sensing. Accurate localization and tracking of active users, as well as passive objects, will be part of the core communications functionality, and will enable a wide variety of promising services, such as autonomous robotics, environment monitoring/surveillance, immersive augmented reality, etc.
Traditional communication and radio sensing (including radar sensing and wireless localization) systems are usually designed separately, and occupy different frequency bands. However, due to the wide deployment of millimeter wave and massive MIMO technologies, communication signals in future wireless systems will tend to have a high resolution in both the time and angular domains, thus enabling high-accuracy sensing using communication signals. As such, the integration of radio sensing, localization, and communications holds great potential in many spectrums and cost-limited scenarios by realizing dual/multiple functions besides communication, such as autonomous vehicle networking, Wi-Fi-based indoor localization, collaborative sensing, etc.
Research efforts are well underway to address the issues arising with communication, localization, and sensing, as well as the design of dual/multi-functional radar communications, to make full use of radio frequencies and hardware that are usually designed for only a single function. However, many challenges arise when wireless communication meets radio sensing and localization, such as unified theoretical frameworks, fundamental performance limits, waveform design, and signal processing in the integration of multi-functional systems, including localization, detection, imaging, and communication, as well as prototype implementations.
The goal of this Special Issue is to support a broad and diverse set of viewpoints from industry and academia on the development of specific technological enablers.
Prof. Dr. Tingting Zhang
Prof. Dr. Jiancun Fan
Prof. Dr. Qinyu Zhang
Dr. Pan Cao
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