Data-Driven Beam Management with Angular Domain Information for mmWave UAV Networks

Wenjun Xu, Yongning Ke, Chia Han Lee, Hui Gao, Zhiyong Feng, Ping Zhang

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Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have extensive civilian and military applications, but establishing a UAV network providing high data rate communications with low delay is a challenge. Millimeter wave (mmWave), with its high bandwidth nature, can be adopted in the UAV network to achieve high speed data transfer. However, it is difficult to establish and maintain the mmWave communication links due to the mobility of UAVs. In this paper, a beam management scheme utilizing angular domain information (ADI) is proposed to rapidly establish and reliably maintain the communication links for the mmWave UAV network. Firstly, Gaussian process machine learning (GPML)-enabled position prediction is proposed to facilitate coarse-ADI acquisition through the proposed UAV clustering algorithm. Then, with the proposed confined-ADI acquisition which removes the redundancy in the coarse-ADI acquisition, fast beam tracking with respectively the single-beam pattern and the multi-beam pattern is achieved. Finally, a data-driven beam pattern selection scheme is proposed for improving the spectrum efficiency. Simulation results verify the outstanding performance of the proposed beam management for mmWave UAV networks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7040 - 7056
Number of pages17
JournalIEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2021


  • ADI
  • beam pattern selection
  • Clustering algorithms
  • data-driven beam management
  • Indexes
  • Information exchange
  • mmWave
  • multi-beam pattern
  • Prediction algorithms
  • Predictive models
  • single-beam pattern
  • UAV
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles
  • Wireless communication


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