The energy-aware design of fully analog precoders and combiners is investigated in this paper. To that aim, we consider a millimeter-wave short-packet communication scenario where power consumption and hardware complexity constitute relevant factors. User terminals employ a single channel encoder and, at hardware level, they implement analog architectures that combine phase shifters and switches. Additionally, transmitting terminals also leverage a power control system. An energy efficiency figure of merit is considered, and its optimization subject to finite packet-length constraints is tackled cyclically over disconnected feasible sets. Numerical results are reported

firstly, to illustrate the advantages of the proposed short-packet fully analog design, secondly, to compare its performance to that of on-off beamforming, and finally, to discuss the optimality of the proposed optimization algorithm.

%B 2020 54th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers, California, 2020
%C Virtual event
%G eng
%0 Conference Paper
%B European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO)
%D 2019
%T Low-rank data matrix recovery with missing values and faulty sensors
%A R. López-Valcarce
%A Josep Sala
%K winter
%K wsn
%X In practice, data gathered by wireless sensor networks often belongs in a low-dimensional subspace, but it can present missing as well as corrupted values due to sensor malfunctioning and/or malicious attacks. We study the problem of Maximum Likelihood estimation of the low-rank factors of the underlying structure in such situation, and develop an Expectation-Maximization algorithm to this purpose, together with an effective initialization scheme. The proposed method outperforms previous schemes based on an initial faulty sensor identification stage, and is competitive in terms of complexity and performance with convex optimization-based matrix completion approaches.

%B European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO) %C A Coruña, Spain %8 09/2019 %G eng %0 Conference Paper %B IEEE Workshop on Statistical Signal Processing (SSP) %D 2016 %T Distributed multivariate regression with unknown noise covariance in the presence of outliers: a minimum description length approach %A R. López-Valcarce %A Daniel Romero %A Josep Sala %A Alba Pagès-Zamora %K compass %K wsn %XWe consider the problem of estimating the coefficients in a multivariable linear model by means of a wireless sensor network

which may be affected by anomalous measurements. The noise covariance matrices at the different sensors are assumed

unknown. Treating outlying samples, and their support, as additional nuisance parameters, the Maximum Likelihood

estimate is investigated, with the number of outliers being estimated according to the Minimum Description Length

principle. A distributed implementation based on iterative consensus techniques is then proposed, and it is shown effective

for managing outliers in the data.

%B IEEE Workshop on Statistical Signal Processing (SSP)
%C Palma de Mallorca, Spain
%G eng
%0 Journal Article
%J IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing
%D 2016
%T Multiantenna GLR detection of rank-one signals with known power spectral shape under spatially uncorrelated noise
%A Josep Sala
%A Gonzalo Vázquez-Vilar
%A R. López-Valcarce
%A Saeid Sedighi
%A Abbas Taherpour
%K cognitive radio
%K compass
%X We establish the generalized likelihood ratio (GLR) test for a Gaussian signal of known power spectral shape and unknown rank-one spatial signature in additive white Gaussian noise with an unknown diagonal spatial correlation matrix. This is motivated by spectrum sensing problems in dynamic spectrum access (DSA), in which the temporal correlation of the primary signal can be assumed known up to a scaling, and where the noise is due to an uncalibrated receive array. For spatially independent identically distributed (i.i.d.) noise, the corresponding GLR test reduces to a scalar optimization problem, whereas the GLR detector in the general non-i.i.d. case yields a more involved expression, which can be computed via alternating optimization methods. Low signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) approximations to the detectors are given, together with an asymptotic analysis showing the influence on detection performance of the signal power spectrum and SNR distribution across antennas. Under spatial rank-P conditions, we show that the rank-one GLR detectors are consistent with a statistical criterion that maximizes the output energy of a beamformer operating on filtered data. Simulation results support our theoretical findings in that exploiting prior knowledge on the signal power spectrum can result in significant performance improvement.

%B IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing %V 64 %P 6269-6283 %8 12/2016 %G eng %N 23 %& 6269 %R 10.1109/TSP.2016.2601290 %0 Journal Article %J IEEE Trans. on Signal Processing %D 2012 %T Multiantenna GLR detection of rank-one signals with known power spectrum in white noise with unknown spatial correlation %A Josep Sala %A Gonzalo Vázquez-Vilar %A R. López-Valcarce %K cognitive radio %K dynacs %XMultiple-antenna detection of a Gaussian signal with spatial rank one in temporally white Gaussian noise with arbitrary and unknown spatial covariance is considered. This is motivated by spectrum sensing problems in the context of Dynamic Spectrum Access in which several secondary networks coexist but do not cooperate, creating a background of spatially correlated broadband interference. When the temporal correlation of the signal of interest is assumed known up to a scale factor, the corresponding Generalized Likelihood Ratio Test is shown to yield a scalar optimization problem. Closed-form expressions of the test are obtained for the general signal spectrum case in the low signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) regime, as well as for signals with binary-valued power spectrum in arbitrary SNR. The two resulting detectors turn out to be equivalent. An asymptotic approximation to the test distribution for the low-SNR regime is derived, closely matching empirical results from spectrum sensing simulation experiments.

%B IEEE Trans. on Signal Processing
%V 60
%P 3065 - 3078
%8 06/2012
%G eng
%N 6
%R 10.1109/TSP.2012.2189767
%0 Journal Article
%J IEEE Trans. on Wireless Communications
%D 2011
%T Multiantenna Spectrum Sensing Exploiting Spectral a priori Information
%A Gonzalo Vázquez-Vilar
%A R. López-Valcarce
%A Josep Sala
%K cognitive radio
%K dynacs
%K spectrum sensing
%B IEEE Trans. on Wireless Communications
%V 10
%P 4345 - 4355
%8 12/2011
%G eng
%N 12
%R 10.1109/TWC.2011.101211.110665
%0 Conference Paper
%B International Workshop on Cognitive Information Processing (CIP)
%D 2010
%T Multiantenna spectrum sensing for Cognitive Radio: overcoming noise uncertainty
%A R. López-Valcarce
%A Gonzalo Vázquez-Vilar
%A Josep Sala
%B International Workshop on Cognitive Information Processing (CIP)
%C Elba Island, Italy
%G eng