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BEACON Channel Estimation for Cooperative. Wireless Sensor Networks Based on Data Selection. Tong Wang, Rodrigo C. de Lamare and Paul D. Mitchell.

BEACON Channel Estimation for Cooperative Wireless Sensor Networks Based on Data Selection Tong Wang, Rodrigo C. de Lamare and Paul D. Mitchell Department of Electronics, University of York, UK [email protected] {rcdl500, pdm106}@ohm.york.ac.uk

Abstractβ€”In this paper, we consider a general cooperative wireless sensor network (WSN) and the problem of channel estimation. A matrix-based set-membership recursive least squares (RLS) algorithm called BEACON is developed for the estimation of the complex channel parameters in order to reduce the computational complexity significantly and extend the lifetime of the WSN by reducing its power consumption. Then, we present and incorporate an error bound function into the BEACON channel estimation method which can adjust the error bound automatically with the update of the channel estimates. Computer simulations show good performance of our proposed algorithms in terms of convergence speed and steady state mean square error, reduced complexity and robustness to the time-varying environment and different signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) values.

I. I NTRODUCTION Recently, there has been a growing research interest in wireless sensor networks (WSNs) because their unique features allow a wide range of applications [1]. They are usually composed of a large number of densely deployed sensing devices which can transmit their data to the desired user through multihop relays [2]. Low complexity and high energyefficiency are the most important design characteristics of communication protocols [3] and physical layer techniques. The performance and capacity of WSNs can be significantly enhanced through exploitation of spatial diversity with cooperation between the nodes [2]. In a cooperative WSN, nodes relay signals to each other in order to propagate redundant copies of the same signals to the destination nodes. Among the existing relay schemes, amplify-and-forward (AF) and the decode-and-forward (DF) are the most popular approaches [4]. Due to limitations in sensor node power, computational capacity and memory [1], some power-constrained relay strategies [5], [6] and power allocation methods [7] have been proposed for WSNs to obtain the best possible SNR or best possible quality of service (QoS) at the destinations. Most of these ideas are based on the assumption of perfect synchronization and available channel state information (CSI) at each node [1]. Therefore, more accurate estimates of the CSI will bring about better performance in WSNs. The least mean squares (LMS) and normalized least mean squares (NLMS) estimation methods are appropriate for WSNs due to their simplicity. Moreover, a set-membership NLMS (SM-NLMS) channel estimator for WSNs has been proposed in [8] which outperforms the conventional NLMS channel estimation offering reduced computational complexity. Compared with the LMS and NLMS channel estimation methods, the RLS channel estimator can provide better performance in terms of the convergence speed and steady state

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[9]. However, it is not suitable for the WSNs due to its high computational complexity [9]. In order to overcome this shortcoming, the set-membership filtering (SMF) framework [10] can be introduced to propose a computationally efficient version of the conventional RLS channel estimation method, called BEACON channel estimation. It can be considered as a constrained optimization problem where the objective function is the least squares (LS) cost function and the constraint is a bound on the magnitude of the estimation error. As a result, an adaptive forgetting factor can be derived to achieve the optimal performance for each update. Most importantly, the algorithm possesses a feature that allows updating for only a small fraction of the time, expressed as the update rate (UR). The UR of the BEACON channel estimation decreases obviously due to the data-selective update which can reduce the computational complexity significantly and extend the lifetime of the WSN by reducing its power consumption. The biggest issue for BEACON channel estimation is appropriate selection of the error bound, because it has a critical effect on the estimation performance. The value of error bound can be varied to trade off between achievable performance and computational complexity [11]. A higher error bound would result in lower UR but worse performance. For WSNs the aim is to achieve an acceptable CSI quickly with low power consumption. Therefore, the bound should be adjusted to make the estimation performance prior to the computational complexity during the first updates and then lower the UR gradually. Also, the required error bound may be time variant due to changing environmental conditions. In this paper, we develop a matrix-based BEACON algorithm for channel estimation in cooperative WSNs using the AF cooperation protocol. The major novelty in the BEACON algorithms presented here is that they are matrix-based channel estimation algorithms as opposed to vector-based BEACON techniques for filtering applications [11], [12]. Therefore we specify a bound on the norm of the estimation error vector instead of the magnitude of the scalar estimation error. Then, a novel error bound function is introduced to change the error bound automatically in order to obtain optimal performance with the proposed BEACON channel estimation. A key contribution of this paper is the consideration of techniques to reduce the complexity of the channel estimation for WSNs. This paper is organized as follows. Section II describes the general cooperative WSN system model and its constrained form. Section III introduces the BEACON channel estimation method using the SMF framework and presents an error bound function which tunes the error bound automatically. Section IV presents and discusses the simulation results, while Section V provides some concluding remarks.

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II. C OOPERATIVE WSN S YSTEM M ODEL Consider a general m-hop wireless sensor network (WSN) with multiple parallel relay nodes for each hop, as shown in Fig. 1. The WSN consists of 𝑁𝑠 sources, 𝑁𝑑 destinations and π‘π‘Ÿ relays which are separated into π‘šβˆ’1 groups: π‘π‘Ÿ(1) ,π‘π‘Ÿ(2) , ... ,π‘π‘Ÿ(π‘šβˆ’1) . All these nodes are assumed to be within the communication range. We will concentrate on a time division scheme with perfect synchronization, for which all signals are transmitted and received in separate time slots. The sources first broadcast the 𝑁𝑠 Γ— 1 signal vector s to the destinations and all groups of relays. We consider an amplify-and-forward (AF) cooperation protocol in this paper. Each group of relays receives the signal from the sources and previous groups of relays, amplifies and rebroadcasts them to the next groups of relays and the destinations. In practice, we need to consider the constraints on the transmission policy. For example, each emitter would transmit during only one phase. In our WSN system, we assume that each group of relays transmits the signal to the nearest group of relays and the destinations directly. We can use a block diagram to indicate the cooperative WSN system with these transmission constraints as shown in Fig. 2.

Sources Ns

Cooperative Relays Nr

Destinations

d

Hr(m-1),d

dm

xm-1

vr(m-1) H

vdm-1 dm-1

Hr(m-2),d

r(m-2),r(m-1)

xm-2 x2

vr(2)

v d2

Hr(1),r(2)

d2

Hr(1),d

x1

vr(1)

vd

1

d1

Hs,d

Hs,r(1) s

Fig. 2. Block diagram of the cooperative WSN system with transmisssion constraints.

.. .

.. .

Nd

v dm

Phase 𝑖: (𝑖 = 2, 3, ..., π‘š βˆ’ 1) x𝑖 = Hπ‘Ÿ(π‘–βˆ’1),π‘Ÿ(𝑖) Aπ‘–βˆ’1 xπ‘–βˆ’1 + vπ‘Ÿ(𝑖)

(5)

d𝑖 = Hπ‘Ÿ(π‘–βˆ’1),𝑑 Aπ‘–βˆ’1 xπ‘–βˆ’1 + v𝑖𝑑

(6)

dπ‘š = Hπ‘Ÿ(π‘šβˆ’1),𝑑 Aπ‘šβˆ’1 xπ‘šβˆ’1 + vπ‘š 𝑑

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Phase π‘š:

where v is a zero-mean circularly symmetric complex additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) vector with covariance matrix 𝜎 2 I. A𝑖 is a diagonal matrix whose elements represent the amplification coefficient of each relay of the 𝑖th group. The vectors d𝑖 and v𝑖𝑑 denote the received signal and noise at the destinations during the 𝑖th phase, respectively. At the destinations, the received signal can be expressed as: d = H𝑑 Ay + v𝑑 Fig. 1. An π‘š-hop cooperative WSN with 𝑁𝑠 sources, 𝑁𝑑 destinations and π‘π‘Ÿ relays.

where ⎑

Let H𝑠,π‘Ÿ(𝑖) denotes the π‘π‘Ÿ(𝑖) Γ— 𝑁𝑠 channel matrix between the sources and the 𝑖th group of relays, Hπ‘Ÿ(𝑖),𝑑 denotes the 𝑁𝑑 Γ— π‘π‘Ÿ(𝑖) channel matrix between the 𝑖th group of relays and destinations, and Hπ‘Ÿ(π‘–βˆ’1),π‘Ÿ(𝑖) denotes the π‘π‘Ÿ(𝑖) Γ— π‘π‘Ÿ(π‘–βˆ’1) channel matrix between two groups of relays. We consider a quasi-static fading channel and assume that all the channels in this system fade independently. The received signal at the 𝑖th group of relays (x𝑖 ) and destinations (d) for each phase can be expressed as: Phase 1: x1 = H𝑠,π‘Ÿ(1) s + vπ‘Ÿ(1)

(1)

d1 = H𝑠,𝑑 s + v1𝑑

(2)

x2 = Hπ‘Ÿ(1),π‘Ÿ(2) A1 x1 + vπ‘Ÿ(2)

(3)

d2 = Hπ‘Ÿ(1),𝑑 A1 x1 + v2𝑑

(4)

Phase 2:

141

(8) ⎑

⎑

⎀ dπ‘š βŽ’βˆ’ βˆ’ βˆ’ βŽ₯ ⎒ π‘šβˆ’1 βŽ₯ ⎒d βŽ₯ βŽ’βˆ’ βˆ’ βˆ’ βŽ₯ ⎒ βŽ₯ ⎒ . βŽ₯ βŽ₯ . d=⎒ ⎒ . βŽ₯, βŽ’βˆ’ βˆ’ βˆ’ βŽ₯ ⎒ βŽ₯ ⎒ d2 βŽ₯ ⎒ βŽ₯ βŽ£βˆ’ βˆ’ βˆ’ ⎦

⎀ vπ‘š 𝑑 βŽ’βˆ’ βˆ’ βˆ’βŽ₯ ⎒ π‘šβˆ’1 βŽ₯ ⎒ v𝑑 βŽ₯ ⎒ βŽ₯ βŽ’βˆ’ βˆ’ βˆ’βŽ₯ ⎒ . βŽ₯ βŽ₯ v𝑑 = ⎒ ⎒ .. βŽ₯ , ⎒ βŽ₯ βŽ’βˆ’ βˆ’ βˆ’βŽ₯ ⎒ 2 βŽ₯ ⎒ v𝑑 βŽ₯ βŽ£βˆ’ βˆ’ βˆ’βŽ¦ v1𝑑

⎀ xπ‘šβˆ’1 βŽ’βˆ’ βˆ’ βˆ’βŽ₯ ⎒ βŽ₯ ⎒ xπ‘šβˆ’2 βŽ₯ ⎒ βŽ₯ βŽ’βˆ’ βˆ’ βˆ’βŽ₯ ⎒ . βŽ₯ βŽ₯ y=⎒ ⎒ .. βŽ₯ , (9) ⎒ βŽ₯ βŽ’βˆ’ βˆ’ βˆ’βŽ₯ ⎒ x βŽ₯ ⎒ 1 βŽ₯ βŽ£βˆ’ βˆ’ βˆ’βŽ¦ s

(π‘šπ‘π‘‘ Γ— 1)

(π‘šπ‘π‘‘ Γ— 1)

((π‘π‘Ÿ + 𝑁𝑠 ) Γ— 1)

d1

⎑ ⎒ ⎒ H𝑑 = ⎒ ⎒ ⎣

Hπ‘Ÿ(π‘šβˆ’1),𝑑 .. . 0

β‹…β‹…β‹…

0

..

.. .

Hπ‘Ÿ(π‘šβˆ’2),𝑑 .

β‹…β‹…β‹… (π‘šπ‘π‘‘ Γ— (π‘π‘Ÿ + 𝑁𝑠 ))

Hπ‘Ÿ(1),𝑑 H𝑠,𝑑

⎀ βŽ₯ βŽ₯ βŽ₯ βŽ₯ ⎦ (10)

⎑ ⎒ ⎒ A=⎒ ⎒ ⎣

β‹…β‹…β‹…

Aπ‘šβˆ’1

0

βŽ₯ .. βŽ₯ βŽ₯ . βŽ₯ ⎦

Aπ‘šβˆ’2

.. .

..

0

. A1

β‹…β‹…β‹…

To solve this constrained optimization problem, we can modify the LS cost function using the method of Lagrange multipliers which yields the following Lagrangian function:

⎀ (11)

𝐽=

I

π‘›βˆ’1 βˆ‘

πœ†(𝑛)π‘›βˆ’π‘™ ∣∣r(𝑙) βˆ’ H(𝑛)s(𝑙)∣∣2

𝑙=1

((π‘π‘Ÿ + 𝑁𝑠 ) Γ— (π‘π‘Ÿ + 𝑁𝑠 )) Here, we use dashed lines to separate the vectors d, v𝑑 and y in order to distinguish between transmissions to the destinations in π‘š different time slots. The matrix H𝑑 consists of all the channels between each group of relays and destinations. The matrix A consists of the amplification coefficients of all relays.

[

2

+ πœ†(𝑛) ∣∣r(𝑛) βˆ’ H(𝑛)s(𝑛)∣∣ βˆ’ 𝛾

2

]

where πœ†(𝑛) plays the role of both the Lagrange multiplier and the forgetting factor of the LS cost function. By setting the gradient of 𝐽 with respect to H(𝑛) equal to zero, we get: ] [π‘›βˆ’1 βˆ‘ π‘›βˆ’π‘™ 𝐻 𝐻 πœ†(𝑛) r(𝑙)s (𝑙) + πœ†(𝑛)r(𝑛)s (𝑛) H(𝑛) = 𝑙=1

III. S ET-M EMBERSHIP C HANNEL E STIMATION Consider a channel estimation problem where the estimation error is defined as: e = r βˆ’ Hs, (12) where s is the pilot signal vector, H is the estimated channel matrix and r is the received signal vector at the destination. Conventional channel estimation schemes seek to find the channel matrix H by minimizing a cost function which is a suitable objective function of the estimation error vector e. For example, a least squares channel estimation minimizes the weighted sum of the squared norm of the error vector ∣∣e∣∣2 . In contrast, set-membership (SM) channel estimation specifies an upper bound 𝛾 on the norm of the estimation error vector over a model space of interest which is denoted as 𝑆, comprising all possible pilot-received signal pairs (s, r). The SM criterion corresponds to finding H that satisfies: 2

2

∣∣e(H)∣∣ ≀ 𝛾 , βˆ€(s, r) ∈ 𝑆.

(13)

The set of all possible H that satisfy (13) is referred to as the feasibility set and can be expressed as: ∩ { } H ∈ 𝐢 𝑁 : ∣∣r βˆ’ Hs∣∣ ≀ 𝛾 . (14) Θ=

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Γ—

[π‘›βˆ’1 βˆ‘

]βˆ’1 πœ†(𝑛)

π‘›βˆ’π‘™

𝐻

𝐻

s(𝑙)s (𝑙) + πœ†(𝑛)s(𝑛)s (𝑛)

𝑙=1

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Let 𝝓(𝑛) =

π‘›βˆ’1 βˆ‘

πœ†(𝑛)π‘›βˆ’π‘™ s(𝑙)s𝐻 (𝑙) + πœ†(𝑛)s(𝑛)s𝐻 (𝑛)

(19)

πœ†(𝑛)π‘›βˆ’π‘™ r(𝑙)s𝐻 (𝑙) + πœ†(𝑛)r(𝑛)s𝐻 (𝑛)

(20)

𝑙=1

and Z(𝑛) =

π‘›βˆ’1 βˆ‘ 𝑙=1

Eqation (18) becomes: H(𝑛) = Z(𝑛)π“βˆ’1 (𝑛)

(21)

Isolating the term corresponding to 𝑙 = 𝑛 βˆ’ 1 from the rest of the summation on the right-hand side of (19), we may write: ] [π‘›βˆ’2 βˆ‘ π‘›βˆ’π‘™ 𝐻 𝐻 πœ†(𝑛) s(𝑙)s (𝑙) + πœ†(𝑛)s(𝑛 βˆ’ 1)s (𝑛 βˆ’ 1) 𝝓(𝑛) = 𝑙=1

+ πœ†(𝑛)s(𝑛)s𝐻 (𝑛) (22)

(s,r)βˆˆπ‘†

At time instant 𝑛, the constraint set 𝐢𝑛 is defined as the set of all H(𝑛) that satisfy (13) for the pilot-received signal pairs (s(𝑛), r(𝑛)): { } (15) 𝐢𝑛 = H(𝑛) ∈ 𝐢 𝑁 : ∣∣r(𝑛) βˆ’ H(𝑛)s(𝑛)∣∣ ≀ 𝛾 .

The expression inside the brackets on the right-hand side of (22) equals 𝝓(π‘›βˆ’1) assuming the forgetting factor of the cost function is close to 1. Hence, we have the following recursion for updating the value of 𝝓(𝑛):

The idea behind the SM channel estimation is that if the estimated channel at time instant 𝑛 βˆ’ 1 (H(𝑛 βˆ’ 1)) lies outside the constraint set 𝐢𝑛 , i.e. ∣∣r(𝑛) βˆ’ H(𝑛 βˆ’ 1)s(𝑛)∣∣ > 𝛾, we will make the estimated channel at the next time instant (H(𝑛)) lie on the closest boundary of 𝐢𝑛 . Otherwise, there is no need to compute and the consumption of power can be greatly saved.

Similarly, we may use (20) to derive the following recursion for updating Z(𝑛):

𝝓(𝑛) = 𝝓(𝑛 βˆ’ 1) + πœ†(𝑛)s(𝑛)s𝐻 (𝑛)

Z(𝑛) = Z(𝑛 βˆ’ 1) + πœ†(𝑛)r(𝑛)s𝐻 (𝑛)

The proposed BEACON channel estimation method can be considered as the following optimization problem: minimize

π‘›βˆ’1 βˆ‘ 𝑙=1

πœ†(𝑛)π“βˆ’1 (𝑛 βˆ’ 1)s(𝑛)s𝐻 (𝑛)πœ†(𝑛)π“βˆ’1 (𝑛 βˆ’ 1) 1 + πœ†(𝑛)s𝐻 (𝑛)π“βˆ’1 (𝑛 βˆ’ 1)s(𝑛) (25)

For convenience of computation, let: P(𝑛) = π“βˆ’1 (𝑛)

πœ†(𝑛)

π‘›βˆ’π‘™

∣∣r(𝑙) βˆ’ H(𝑛)s(𝑙)∣∣ 2

subject to ∣∣r(𝑛) βˆ’ H(𝑛)s(𝑛)∣∣ = 𝛾

2

(16)

(24)

Then, using the matrix inversion lemma [9], we obtain the following recursive equation for the inverse of 𝝓(𝑛): π“βˆ’1 (𝑛) = π“βˆ’1 (π‘›βˆ’1)βˆ’

A. Proposed BEACON Channel Estimation

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and

2

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k(𝑛) =

s𝐻 (𝑛)P(𝑛 βˆ’ 1) 1 + πœ†(𝑛)s𝐻 (𝑛)P(𝑛 βˆ’ 1)s(𝑛)

(26) (27)

TABLE I S UMMARY OF THE BEACON C HANNEL E STIMATION A LGORITHM

Therefore, we may rewrite (21) and (25) as: H(𝑛) = Z(𝑛)P(𝑛)

(28)

P(𝑛) = P(𝑛 βˆ’ 1) βˆ’ πœ†(𝑛)P(𝑛 βˆ’ 1)s(𝑛)k(𝑛)

(29)

Initialize the algorithm by setting H(0) = 0 P(0) = I For each instant of time, 𝑛=1, 2, ..., compute { 𝝐(𝑛) = ( r(𝑛) βˆ’ H(𝑛)βˆ’ 1)s(𝑛) ∣∣𝝐(𝑛)∣∣ 1 βˆ’ 1 , if ∣∣𝝐(𝑛)∣∣ > 𝛾, 𝐺(𝑛) 𝛾 πœ†(𝑛) = 0, otherwise. where 𝐺(𝑛) = s𝐻 (𝑛)P(𝑛 βˆ’ 1)s(𝑛)

Then we substitute (24) and (29) into (28) to obtain a recursive equation for updating the channel matrix H(𝑛): H(𝑛) = H(𝑛 βˆ’ 1) βˆ’ πœ†(𝑛)H(𝑛 βˆ’ 1)s(𝑛)k(𝑛) + πœ†(𝑛)r(𝑛)s𝐻 (𝑛)P(𝑛)

(30)

s𝐻 (𝑛)P(π‘›βˆ’1)

k(𝑛) = 1+πœ†(𝑛)𝐺(𝑛) H(𝑛) = H(𝑛 βˆ’ 1) + πœ†(𝑛)𝝐(𝑛)k(𝑛) P(𝑛) = P(𝑛 βˆ’ 1) βˆ’ πœ†(𝑛)P(𝑛 βˆ’ 1)s(𝑛)k(𝑛)

By rearranging (27) , we can get: k(𝑛) = s𝐻 (𝑛)P(𝑛 βˆ’ 1) βˆ’ πœ†(𝑛)s𝐻 (𝑛)P(𝑛 βˆ’ 1)s(𝑛)k(𝑛) = s𝐻 (𝑛) [P(𝑛 βˆ’ 1) βˆ’ πœ†(𝑛)P(𝑛 βˆ’ 1)s(𝑛)k(𝑛)]

B. BEACON Channel Estimation with a Time-Varying Bound

= s𝐻 (𝑛)P(𝑛) (31) Using (31) above, we get the desired recursive equation for updating the channel matrix H(𝑛): H(𝑛) = H(𝑛 βˆ’ 1) βˆ’ πœ†(𝑛)H(𝑛 βˆ’ 1)s(𝑛)k(𝑛) + πœ†(𝑛)r(𝑛)k(𝑛) = H(𝑛 βˆ’ 1) + πœ†(𝑛) [r(𝑛) βˆ’ H(𝑛 βˆ’ 1)s(𝑛)] k(𝑛) = H(𝑛 βˆ’ 1) + πœ†(𝑛)𝝐(𝑛)k(𝑛) (32) where 𝝐(𝑛) = r(𝑛)βˆ’H(π‘›βˆ’1)s(𝑛) denotes the prediction error vector at time instant 𝑛. Then we can get the error vector: e(𝑛) = r(𝑛) βˆ’ H(𝑛)s(𝑛)

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By substituting (32) into (33), we have: e(𝑛) = r(𝑛) βˆ’ [H(𝑛 βˆ’ 1) + πœ†(𝑛)𝝐(𝑛)k(𝑛)] s(𝑛) = r(𝑛) βˆ’ H(𝑛 βˆ’ 1)s(𝑛) βˆ’ πœ†(𝑛)𝝐(𝑛)k(𝑛)s(𝑛) s𝐻 (𝑛)P(𝑛 βˆ’ 1)s(𝑛) = 𝝐(𝑛) βˆ’ πœ†(𝑛)𝝐(𝑛) 1 + πœ†(𝑛)s𝐻 (𝑛)P(𝑛 βˆ’ 1)s(𝑛) 𝐺(𝑛) (34) = 𝝐(𝑛) βˆ’ πœ†(𝑛)𝝐(𝑛) 1 + πœ†(𝑛)𝐺(𝑛) [ ] πœ†(𝑛)𝐺(𝑛) = 𝝐(𝑛) 1 βˆ’ 1 + πœ†(𝑛)𝐺(𝑛) 1 = 𝝐(𝑛) 1 + πœ†(𝑛)𝐺(𝑛) where 𝐺(𝑛) = sH (𝑛)P(𝑛 βˆ’ 1)s(𝑛). The constraint set is described as: 1 ∣∣ ≀ 𝛾 (35) ∣∣e(𝑛)∣∣ = ∣∣𝝐(𝑛) 1 + πœ†(𝑛)𝐺(𝑛) If ∣∣𝝐(𝑛)∣∣ > 𝛾, then the previous solution lies outside the constraint set. We can choose the constraint value ∣∣e(𝑛)∣∣ equal to 𝛾 so that the new solution lies on the closest boundary of the constraint set. Therefore: 1 = 𝛾. (36) ∣∣e(𝑛)∣∣ = ∣∣𝝐(𝑛)∣∣ ∣1 + πœ†(𝑛)𝐺(𝑛)∣ Hence the optimal forgetting factor at the 𝑛th iteration can be expressed as: ) ( ∣∣𝝐(𝑛)∣∣ 1 βˆ’1 (37) πœ†(𝑛) = 𝐺(𝑛) 𝛾 Table I shows a summary of the BEACON channel estimation algorithm which will be used for the simulations.

In order to obtain the optimal error bound at each time instant, in this section we introduce an error bound function which can adjust the error bound automatically with the update of the channel estimate. It can be expressed as: √ (38) 𝛾(𝑛 + 1) = (1 βˆ’ 𝛽)𝛾(𝑛) + 𝛽 π›Όβˆ£βˆ£H(𝑛)∣∣2 𝜎 2 , where 𝛽 is the forgetting factor, 𝛼 is the tuning parameter, and 𝜎 2 is the variance of the noise which is assumed to be known at the destinations. IV. S IMULATIONS In this section, we numerically study the performance of our proposed BEACON channel estimation method as well as the design of the optimal error bound. We consider a 3-hop wireless sensor network. The number of sources (𝑁𝑠 ), two groups of relays (π‘π‘Ÿ(1) , π‘π‘Ÿ(2) ) and destinations (𝑁𝑑 ) are 2, 4, 4, 3 respectively. We consider an AF cooperation protocol and the amplification coefficient of each relay is set to 1 for the purpose of simplification. We choose H𝑑 as our estimated channel because it is the most significant and most complex channel among all channels of the WSN system. During each phase, the sources and each group of relays transmit the QPSK modulated samples in the form of packets containing 2000 pilot symbols. The noise at the destinations is modeled as circularly symmetric complex Gaussian random variables with zero mean. The SNR is fixed at 10 dB. Fig. 3 shows the mean square error (MSE) performance of our proposed BEACON channel estimation, and compares it with conventional RLS channel estimation. Also, the minimum-mean-square error (MMSE) channel estimator which requires the full a priori knowledge of the channel correlation matrix and the noise variance is used here for reference. For the BEACON estimator, we choose four fixed error bounds (𝛾) ranging from 0.6 to 0.9. It can be seen that a higher value of 𝛾 results in worse MSE performance but a lower update rate (UR). It means the update is selective which can reduce the computational complexity and power consumption. In the case of an error bound equal to 0.6, the BEACON algorithm outperforms the conventional RLS algorithm (with a forgetting factor of 0.998) in terms of convergence speed and steady state with a slightly reduced UR (0.9128). When the error bound is increased to 0.8, although its convergence speed is slower than RLS channel estimation, the final MSE is comparable with a much lower UR (0.4356).

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Fig. 4 illustrates the performance when we apply the timevarying bound (TVB) into the BEACON channel estimation. We set 𝛼 to 3 and 𝛽 to 0.001. Our proposed algorithm can achieve very similar performance to the conventional RLS channel estimation with a substantial reduction in the UR. Therefore, the computational complexity is significantly reduced which is our goal.

V. C ONCLUSIONS We have proposed a BEACON channel estimation method based on a time-varying bound for cooperative wireless sensor networks. It has been shown that our proposed method can achieve similar performance to conventional RLS channel estimation, offering reduced computational complexity. Furthermore, the incorporation of the time-varying bound function makes it robust to changes in the environment. These features are desirable for WSNs and bring about a significant reduction in energy consumption.

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