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Machine Learning Based Beam Alignment for sub-THz Wireless Communications

Leuven | More than two weeks ago

You will be architecting the High-Speed, Ultra-Reliable and Low-Latency wireless networks of tomorrow!

Motivated by new emerging applications, the future sub-THz wireless connectivity landscape of 6G and beyond will feature a wide range of applications with very-high-throughput requirements. Such high throughput can be achieved through robust signal processing to deal with the channel impairments including beam alignment and multiple access interference.  
To harvest the largest possible beamforming gain in sub-THz communication systems, robust collaborative transmit and receive beam alignment schemes are needed to align the beams along the dominant propagation paths between the base station and the mobile terminals. State of the art beam alignment is amongst others heading towards hiring ideas from machine learning to replace the expensive expert-knowledge based schemes with a well-trained deep neural network, especially, for devising scalable solutions.
In this MS thesis, a literature review will first be conducted to identify the main expert-based beam alignment techniques. Then, these techniques will be benchmarked with machine learning solutions or hybrid schemes.  Depending on the progress, the proposed beam alignment will be evaluated subject to different beamforming architectures and their robustness will be assessed  against channel changes and/or transceiver non-idealities.
The successful candidate must show a strong understanding of optimization, signal processing and machine learning and of wireless communications.
The successful Master’s candidate will be part of a large IMEC team working on the research, implementation, and prototyping of future communications systems.


Type of project: Thesis, Combination of internship and thesis


Duration: 6 months

Required degree: Master of Engineering Technology, Master of Engineering Science

Required background: Electrotechnics/Electrical Engineering

Supervising scientist(s): For further information or for application, please contact: Yigit Ertugrul (Yigit.Ertugrul@imec.be) and Mamoun Guenach (Mamoun.Guenach@imec.be)

Imec allowance will be provided for students studying at a non-Belgian university.

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