Beamforming algorithms for information relaying in wireless sensor networks

Mohamed Abdallah, Haralabos C. Papadopoulos

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We develop beamforming algorithms for information relaying over shared slowly nonselective fading channels in wireless sensor networks. We assume that, prior to beamforming their received data to a destination, the relays preprocess them by either data amplifying or decoding. The beamforming weights are broadcasted by the destination to the relays and are formed based on the individual relay-destination channel coefficients and an m-bit description of the quality of each source-relay channel. For both relay data-preprocessing models, we present methods for optimizing the m-bit quantizer employed at each relay for encoding its source-relay channel quality level, and for choosing the beamforming weights at the destination, so as optimize the destination uncoded bit error rates. As our simulations and analysis reveal, a coarse single-bit description of each source-relay channel coefficient at the destination may suffice, as it results in only a small increase in uncoded bit error rates with respect to the case where full knowledge of the source-relay channel coefficients are exploited at the destination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4772-4784
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Transactions on Signal Processing
Issue number10 I
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes



  • Beamforming
  • Cooperative communication
  • Relay networks
  • Sensor networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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