RPG Seminar – RIS-Assisted Mobile Edge Computing with Heterogeneous Learning Tasks
28 Apr, 2021 (Wed)
4:00 pm
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Mr. Shanfeng Huang
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
The University of Hong Kong


The ever-growing popularity and rapid development of artificial intelligence (AI) have raised rethinking on the evolution of wireless networks. Mobile edge computing (MEC) provides a natural platform for AI applications since it has rich computation resources to train machine learning (ML) models, as well as low-latency access to the data generated by mobile and Internet of things (IoT) devices. In this paper, we present an infrastructure to perform ML tasks at an MEC server with the assistance of a reconfigurable intelligent surface (RIS). In contrast to conventional communication systems where the principal criteria are to maximize the throughput, we aim at maximizing the learning performance. Specifically, we minimize the maximum learning error of all participating users by jointly optimizing transmit power of mobile users, beamforming vectors of the base station (BS), and the phase-shift matrix of the RIS. An alternating optimization (AO)-based framework is proposed to optimize the three terms iteratively, where a successive convex approximation (SCA)-based algorithm is developed to solve the power allocation problem, closed-form expressions are derived to solve the beamforming design problem, and an alternating direction method of multipliers (ADMM)-based algorithm is de- signed to efficiently solve the phase-shift matrix design problem. Simulation results demonstrate significant gains of deploying an RIS and validate the advantages of our proposed algorithms over various benchmarks. Lastly, a unified sensing-communication-learning platform is developed based on the CARLA simulator and the SECOND network, and a use case (3D object detection in autonomous driving) for the proposed scheme is demonstrated on the developed platform.


Biography of the speaker:

Shanfeng Huang received the B.E. degree in Communication Engineering from Wuhan University in 2015. He is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree under the joint program of The University of Hong Kong and Southern University of Science and Technology. His research interests are in the areas of optimization and resource allocation in mobile edge computing and edge machine learning systems.


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