Secure Hybrid Analog and Digital Receive Beamforming Schemes for Efficient Interference Reduction

01/21/2018 ∙ by Yaolu Qin, et al. ∙ 0

In spatial spectrum estimation field, medium-scale or large-scale receive antenna array with digital beamforming can be employed at receiver to achieve a high-resolution direction of arrival (DOA) estimation and make a significant interference suppression, but leads to an expensive RF-chain circuit cost. Thus, a robust hybrid analog-and-digital beamforming (ADB) structure is proposed to greatly reduces the number of RF-chains so that the cost of RF-chains is lowered significantly. This ADB structure at receiver is to attenuate the jamming signals from undesired directions and boost the receive quality of the desired signal for the purpose of secure receiving. In this paper, we first propose a hybrid ADB scheme with analytic expression, which consists of null space projection in analog beamforming part and diagonal loading method in digital beamforming part. Then, by exploiting DOA estimation errors, we construct a robust hybrid beamforming algorithm using the conditional expectation of DOA instead of making direct use of the estimated DOA. Simulation result shows that the proposed robust beamforming scheme performs more robust and makes a more efficient reduction in jamming interference to improve the receive signal to interference and noise ratio compared to non-burst ADB scheme proposed by us.



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I Introduction

Physical layer security problem has attracted more and more research interests from both academia and industry [1], and now increasingly becomes one of the most important problems in wireless networks. In general, interference reduction [2] is crucial in ensuring the secure acception of information, especially when enemies send interference signals to interrupt the reception of the desired signal [3]. As a classic secure transmit method, directional modulation (DM) [4, 5] preserves the original signal constellation of transmitted signals along the desired direction well, and distorts the signal constellation along the undesired direction [6]. For such a method, it is clear that the estimation errors of the directions of arrival (DOAs) measurement of the desired and undesired signals will lead to the performance loss in interference reduction.

To alleviate this negative impact, several robust interference reduction algorithms have been proposed in the literature to resist DOAs estimation errors. By reducing the mean square error (MSE), [7] presented a variable step size normalized least mean square (LMS) algorithm. [8] proposed a self-adaptive algorithm for a robust direct-sequence spread-spectrum system, which is fast, loop structures avoiding, easy and cheap to implement in hardware. In [9], with the prior knowledge of possible target region, a robust deceptive interference reduction method based on covariance matrix reconstruction with frequency diverse array (FDA) multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) radar is proposed. However, all of these schemes are based on the digital beamforming structure where each antenna needs one single radio frequency (RF) chain, so that the large array size and large hardware cost are inevitable.

In order to make a good balance between circuit cost and interference reduction performance simultaneously, we in this paper apply a hybrid analog-and-digital beamforming (ADB) structure into the receiver. Two distinctive features of this structure are that each subarray output is viewed as one single virtual large antenna output and a digital beamforming operation is performed with an analog beamforming operation together. Furthermore, built on this structure, we propose a robust hybrid ADB algorithm that jointly employs null space projection (NSP) [10] and diagonal loading (DL) algorithm [11]. It will be shown by simulation that the proposed scheme is more robust to the DOA measurement errors and interference in comparison with existing NSP and DL methods.

It is known that the hybrid structure has been studied in many papers. In [12], two hybrid structures, i.e., the fully-connected and partially-connected structures, were proposed to design a hybrid analog and digital precoding algorithm that can reduce the cost of RF chains. [13] developed a low-complexity alternating minimization precoder by enforcing an orthogonal constraint on the digital precoder. In [14], two precoders based on the principle of manifold optimisation and particle swarm optimisation were proposed. An energy-efficient hybrid precoding for partially-connected architecture was proposed in [15]. [16] presented achievable rates of hybrid precoding in multi-user multiple-input multiple-output (MU-MIMO) system when employing only one RF chain per user and investigated the impact of phase error on hybrid structure performance. To make the optimal tradeoff between energy efficiency and spectrum efficiency, [17] achieved the green point for fixed product of the number of transceivers and the number of active antennas per transceiver. Meanwhile, [18] proposed an iterative hybrid beamforming algorithm for the single user in mmWave channel, which can approach the rate limit achieved by unconstrained digital beamforming solutions. However, most researches about hybrid structure focus on transmitter not receiver. They always investigate different precoding methods for specific proposes. It should be pointed out that since the hybrid structure is used at the receiver and the application target is different in this paper, the derivation of many parameters is entirely different from the current studies.

The remainder of this paper is organized as follows. Section II describes the system model. In Section III, a robust hybrid ADB scheme of combining NSP and DL is proposed to combat the DOA measurement errors and dramatically reduce the circuit cost is proposed. Section IV presents simulation results to evaluate the performance of our proposed algorithm. Finally, our conclusions are drawn in Section V.

Notation: throughout the paper, matrices, vectors, and scalars are denoted by letters of bold upper case, bold lower case, and lower case, respectively. Signs

and denote transpose and conjugate transpose, respectively. Notation stands for the expectation operation. Matrices denotes the matrix of all zeros.

Ii System Model

In this paper, we consider a partially connected receive structure, where each antenna is connected to one phase shifter.

Fig. 1: The uniform linear array (ULA) hybrid beamforming structure with sub-connected architecture.

In Fig. 1, one desired emitter transmits the signal , where is the baseband signal of our desired signal, and interference emitters transmit the narrow band signals: , where are the baseband signals of interference signals. These signals are transmitted on the same frequency band, and then are incident on the hybrid receive array as shown in Fig. 1. Hence, the interference signals can be seen as the co-channel interference (CCI) for the receiver.

We assume that the linear uniform linear array (ULA) is used at the receiver, which consists of omnidirectional antenna elements and is equally divided into disjoint subsets, i.e., each subset has antennas. It is further assumed that the desired signal comes from the DOA , while the interference signals come from the DOAs: , respectively.

Then, for , the th subarray output can be represented as


Here, denotes the propagation delay of the received signal with the DOA for , and can be given by


where is the propagation delay from the emitter to the first element on the array, is the speed of light, and denotes the antenna spacing. In (II), is the corresponding phase for analog beamformer corresponding to th antenna of subarray . Stacking all subarray outputs in (II) forms the following matrix-vector notation


where , and

is an additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) with each element being Gaussian distribution

, whose entries are independent identically distributed, and the steering matrix is defined by


where is the so-called array manifold


and the is an phase shift matrix as follows


where is the analog beamforming vector of the th subarray. The RF signal vector in (3) passes through parallel RF chains, containing the corresponding down converters and ADCs. Thus, we have the following baseband signal vector


Via digital beamforming operation, the above signal vector becomes


where stands for the digital beamformer.

Iii Proposed Robust Hybrid ADB Scheme

In practical applications, we can only obtain the estimated value of DOA. If we have the prior knowledge of DOA measurement errors such as their statistical knowledge, a robust hybrid ADB scheme is proposed and designed to achieve an obvious interference reduction and combat the effect of performance loss produced by DOA measurement errors.

Iii-a Design of Total Beamforming Vector

The total steering matrix is expressed as , where is made up of all steering vectors of interference signals. The total beamforming vector is defined by and can be viewed as one single optimization variable. According to the criterion of null space projection (NSP), we consider the following optimization problem:


In the presence of DOA measurement errors, the ideal DOA can be represented as


where denotes the estimated DOA, and denotes the measurement error of direction angle. Then, by using (10), the optimization problem (9) can be rewritten as


By assuming that

is uniformly distributed over the interval

, we define the probability distribution of

, denoted by , as


where is the maximum DOA estimation error. Due to the effect of DOA estimation error , the exact DOA can also be viewed as a uniform distribution with nonzero mean. As such, we have


The th element of is


where , and .

Furthermore, we have


The entry of the th row and the th column of is


where , , and .

Substituting and into (11) forms the following robust optimization problem


In accordance with the above equality constraint, the total beamforming vector is orthogonal to the null space of . To construct

, the singular value decomposition (SVD) operation is performed on conjugate transpose of interference matrix

as follows: , where and are the unitary matrices with , and . Here, is a rectangle matrix with singular values on its main diagonal and all off-diagonal elements being zeros, i.e. . According to the equality constraint in (17), can be given by a linear combination of the most right column vectors of matrix , i.e.,


where is the most right columns of , and is a column vector with each entry controlling the linear combination of right singular vectors and it has normalized power .

Therefore, the optimization problem in (9) can be rewritten as


which directly yields




This completes the design of the total beamforming vector.

Iii-B DL-based Digital Beamformer

In what follows, given the initial value of analog beamformer , we show how to optimize the digital beamforming vector . A wise choice to design is to make the array point towards the DOA of the desired signal at first, i.e.,


where is the initial corresponding phase of .

Similar to the derivation of and , in order to calculate the initialization value , the expectation of is adopted to replace the exact , i.e.,


Thus, the corresponding phase of is given by


The steering vector of subarray is generated with known . Let us define the subarray steering vector of the desired signal as follows


Due to that the perfect information of noise and signals is usually unavailable in practice, the sampling covariance matrix is adopted instead. Since the Capon beamforming method [19] is sensitive to modeling errors, it is not robust for modeling mismatch, which will deteriorate the output of Capon beamformer seriously. Therefore, instead of Capon method, the DL method is employed to design digital beamforming vector, which is robust to model mismatch. Via the regularization operation on Capon method, the optimization problem of using DL method to optimize the beamforming vector can be casted as


where denotes the DL factor, and is the sampling covariance matrix corresponding to subarrays,


where is the number of snapshots. Applying the Lagrange multiplier method to the optimization problem (26), the associated Lagrangian function has the following form


where the scalar is the lagrange multiplier. By taking the derivation of with respect to and letting it equal zero, the digital beamformer is


Substitute (29) into the equation constraint of (26), then is expressed as


Similar to the derivation of total beamformer, is used to replace , therefore, the above equation is written as


Observing the above expression, the main advantage of the DL method ensures that the diagonal loading matrix

is invertible by adding white noise to diagonal elements of sampling covariance matrix


Iii-C Analytic Analog Beamformer

Now, we turn to the construction of the analog beamformer . To simultaneously reduce the interference and maximize the received power of desired signal, we model the problem of optimizing as follows


Based on (6) and expression of , the above unconstrained optimization problem can be decomposed into the following independent sub-optimization problems:


where , , and and represent the th element of and , respectively. The above sub-optimization directly yields the following closed-form solution


Based on the above construction, we summarize our robust hybrid ADB algorithm in Algorithm I.

Input: ,

1:Initialize by (24);
2:Calculate based on and ;
3:DL-based digital beamforming vector is constructed in accordance with (31);
4:Reconstruct by (34);

Output: ,

Algorithm 1 The proposed robust hybrid ADB algorithm

Iv Simulation Results

In this section, we present simulation results to examine the performance of the proposed robust hybrid ADB algorithm. We consider , , and antenna spacing =. It is assumed that the desired DOA , and the DOAs of two interference sources are and , respectively.

Fig. 2: Normalized beam gain patterns for DL algorithm and proposed robust hybrid ADB without DOA measurement errors.

First, we consider the situation with perfect DOA knowledge. Fig. 2 shows that the curves of beamforming gain versus direction of the DL method and the proposed algorithm. It can be seen that the proposed method can attenuate the beam gain by at least in the direction of interference signals, where signal to noise ratios (SNR) of desired and interference sources are and , respectively. In contrast with the DL algorithm, our method performs well along the direction of interference and has the same gain in the desired direction.

Fig. 3: Curves of SINR versus SNR for DL and proposed robust hybrid ADB methodS without DOA measurement errors.

In Fig. 3, we present the curves of signal to interference plus noise ratio (SINR) versus SNR of the desired signal by ranging SNR from -15dB to 15dB. It is seen that the proposed hybrid beamformer almost has the same performance as DL method in the low SNR region. Moreover, as SNR increases, our algorithm has a stronger ability to reduce interference. Specifically, when the SNR of the desired signal is less than -5dB, the SINR curve of our proposed algorithm and DL method are identical. Nevertheless, when SNR is higher than -5dB, the SINR curve of the proposed algorithm is above that of DL.

According to the estimator presented by [20], the root mean square (RMS) is less than under the condition that the SNR of estimated source is 0dB. In order to examine the robust performance of our proposed method in extreme conditions, it is supposed that is uniformly distributed and there exists a maximum estimation error , i.e., .

Fig. 4: Curves of SINR versus SNR with DOA estimation errors.

Fig. 4 illustrates the robustness performance of our proposed algorithm. The curve of the proposed NSP algorithm with perfect DOA estimation is used as a reference. Observing this figure, we find, with increase in the value of SNR, the SINR performance of the NSP hybrid beamforming with DOA estimation errors is always almost 3dB worse than that with perfect DOA estimation. It is noted that when the desired SNR is low, considering the uniformly distributed DOA estimation errors, the robust algorithm is closer to the NSP algorithm with perfect DOA, that is, our robust hybrid beamforming can efficiently reduce interference and retain robust when there exists direction-finding errors in the low SNR region, which is the typical situations in interference reduction.

Fig. 5: Curves of RMSE versus DOA estimation error for NSP beamforming without DOA estimation error and three methods with DOA measurement errors.

Fig. 5 plots the curves of RMSE versus maximum measurement angle errors for the proposed hybrid ADB while the NSP with perfect DOA is used as a reference. By our calculation, when there exist DOA estimation errors, the RMSE differences between the reference and three methods grow gradually with angle error. It is noted that, with the increase of , the RMSEs of NSP hybrid beamforming, DL method and the robust hybrid beamforming become worse. However, the RMSE of robust hybrid beamforming is always lower than that of DL algorithm and NSP hybrid beamforming. This means that it has a better performance.

Fig. 6: Curves of SINR versus snapshot number for three different SNRs

Finally, Fig. 6 illustrates the impact of snapshot number on the robust hybrid ADB scheme proposed. From Fig. 6, it is seen that the performance of the proposed robust hybrid beamforming is gradually improved with increasing the snapshot number. When the receive SNR of the desired signal is in the low SNR region, the snapshot number has bigger impact on the performance improvement. Once the number of snapshots reaches the limit value , further increasing it has a trivial impact on performance improvement.

V Conclusion

In this paper, a robust hybrid ADB scheme, has been proposed, which are based on DL method, where the NSP rule is adopted to design the total beamforming vector. In the case of perfect DOA available, the proposed scheme achieves a substantial beam gain over DL algorithm in the interference direction. In the presence of DOA measurement errors, the proposed robust hybrid ADB, with uniformly distributed angle errors, shows a good robustness compared to DL algorithm and the NSP hybrid method. As the maximum angle error becomes larger, its SINR performance over non-robust schemes such as DL becomes more significant. In the coming future, the proposed method may be potentially applied to future directional modulation networks, satellite communcations, mmWave communications, and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).


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