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Deep Joint Source-Channel Coding for Wireless Image Transmission with Adaptive Rate Control

by   Mingyu Yang, et al.

We present a novel adaptive deep joint source-channel coding (JSCC) scheme for wireless image transmission. The proposed scheme supports multiple rates using a single deep neural network (DNN) model and learns to dynamically control the rate based on the channel condition and image contents. Specifically, a policy network is introduced to exploit the tradeoff space between the rate and signal quality. To train the policy network, the Gumbel-Softmax trick is adopted to make the policy network differentiable and hence the whole JSCC scheme can be trained end-to-end. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first deep JSCC scheme that can automatically adjust its rate using a single network model. Experiments show that our scheme successfully learns a reasonable policy that decreases channel bandwidth utilization for high SNR scenarios or simple image contents. For an arbitrary target rate, our rate-adaptive scheme using a single model achieves similar performance compared to an optimized model specifically trained for that fixed target rate. To reproduce our results, we make the source code publicly available at


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