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Channel estimation and positioning for multiple antenna systems

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Author: Miao, Honglei1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Faculty of Technology, Department of Electrical and Information Engineering
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Language: English
Published: 2007
Publish Date: 2007-05-04
Thesis type: Doctoral Dissertation
Defence Note: Academic dissertation to be presented, with the assent of the Faculty of Technology of the University of Oulu, for public defence in Raahensali (Auditorium L10), Linnanmaa, on May 15th, 2007, at 12 noon
Reviewer: Professor Markku Renfors
Professor A. Lee Swindlehurst


The multiple–input multiple–output (MIMO) technique, applying several transmit and receive antennas in wireless communications, has emerged as one of the most prominent technical breakthroughs of the last decade. Wideband MIMO parameter estimation and its applications to the MIMO orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (MIMO–OFDM) channel estimation and mobile positioning are studied in this thesis.

Two practical MIMO channel models, i.e., correlated-receive independent-transmit channel and correlated-transmit-receive channel, and associated space-time parameter estimation algorithms are considered. Thanks to the specified structure of the proposed training signals for multiple transmit antennas, the iterative quadrature maximum likelihood (IQML) algorithm is applied to estimate the time delay and spatial signature for the correlated-receive independent-transmit MIMO channels. For the correlated-transmit-receive MIMO channels, the spatial signature matrix corresponding to a time delay can be further decomposed in such a way that the angle of arrival (AOA) and the angle of departure (AOD) can be estimated simultaneously by the 2-D unitary ESPRIT algorithm. Therefore, the combination of the IQML algorithm and the 2-D unitary ESPRIT algorithm provides a novel solution to jointly estimate the time delay, the AOA and the AOD for the correlated-transmit-receive MIMO channels. It is demonstrated from the numerical examples that the proposed algorithms can obtain good performance at a reasonable cost.

Considering the correlated-receive independent-transmit MIMO channels, channel coefficient estimation for the MIMO–OFDM system is studied. Based on the parameters of the correlated-receive independent-transmit MIMO channels, the channel statistics in terms of the correlation matrix are developed. By virtue of the derived channel statistics, a joint spatial-temporal (JST) filtering based MMSE channel estimator is proposed which takes full advantage of the channel correlation properties. The mean square error (MSE) of the proposed channel estimator is analyzed, and its performance is also demonstrated by Monte Carlo computer simulations. It is shown that the proposed JST minimum mean square error (MMSE) channel estimator outperforms the more conventional temporal MMSE channel estimator in terms of the MSE when the signals in the receive antenna array elements are significantly correlated. The closed form bit error probability of the space-time block coded OFDM system with correlation at the receiver is also developed by taking the channel estimation errors and channel statistics, i.e., correlation at the receiver, into account.

Mobile positioning in the non-line of sight (NLOS) scenarios is studied. With the knowledge of the time delay, the AOA and the AOD associated with each NLOS propagation path, a novel geometric approach is proposed to calculate the MS’s position by only exploiting two NLOS paths. On top of this, the least squares and the maximum likelihood (ML) algorithms are developed to utilize multiple NLOS paths to improve the positioning accuracy. Moreover, the ML algorithm is able to estimate the scatterers’ positions as well as those of the MSs. The Cramer-Rao lower bound related to the position estimation in the NLOS scenarios is derived. It is shown both analytically and through computer simulations that the proposed algorithms are able to estimate the mobile position only by employing the NLOS paths.

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Series: Acta Universitatis Ouluensis. C, Technica
ISSN-E: 1796-2226
ISBN: 978-951-42-8411-3
ISBN Print: 978-951-42-8410-6
Issue: 270
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