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DOA estimation based on data level Multistage Nested Wiener Filter
EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking volume 2015, Article number: 149 (2015)
Abstract
A novel direction of arrival (DOA) estimation method based on data level Multistage Nested Wiener Filters (MSNWF) which is used to adaptive beamforming for subarray signal is proposed in this paper. The subarrays using the same array geometry are used to form a signal whose phase relative to the reference signal is a function of the DOA. The DOA is estimated by computing the phase shift between the reference signal and its phaseshifted version. The performance of this DOA estimation method is significantly improved due to the application of MSNWF for rejecting interference signals. The computation of the proposed method is simple, and the number of detectable signal sources can exceed the number of antenna elements.
Introduction
The smart antenna has been widely used in many applications such as radar, sonar, and wireless communication systems in the last two decades [1–4]. In these sensor networks implication systems and scenarios, direction of arrival (DOA) is an important parameter needed to be the estimates to determine the direction of the located and tracked target or the position of the sensor nodes. Considerable research efforts have been made in the DOA estimation, and various array signal process techniques for DOA estimation have been proposed [5–9].
The traditional DOA estimation techniques meanly include: (1) spectrumbased methods, such as Bartlett [4] and Capon [5]; (2) subspacebased algorithm, such as multiple signal classification (MUSIC) [7]; and (3) parametric methods, such as estimation of signal parameters via rotational invariance technique (ESPRIT) [8–10]. In Capon techniques, the DOAs are determined by finding the directions in which their antenna response vectors lead to peaks in the spectrum formed by the covariance matrix of the observation vectors. However, the capacity of this DOA estimation technique is less than the number of antenna elements, which is bounded by the covariance matrix of the observation vectors. In MUSIC techniques, the DOAs of target signals are determined by finding the directions in which their antenna response vectors lead to peaks in the MUSIC spectrum formed by the eigenvectors of the noise subspace. Thus, the capacity of this DOA estimation is equal to the rank of the reciprocal subspace of the selected noise subspace and is also less than the number of the antenna elements. In ESPRIT techniques, two virtual subarrays structures are proposed to obtain two signal subspaces. The eigenvectors of the relevant signal subspaces are rotated for the DOAs of the target signals. As a result, the capacity of DOA estimation using ESPRIT is bounded by the number of subarrays.
The disadvantage of the above application techniques is that the number of signal sources is less than that of antenna elements [11, 12]. In addition, these techniques also require subspace estimation, eigen decomposition, and inversion computation of the covariance matrix, which leads to high computational complexity, and are thereby limited to the applications where fast DOA estimation is not required [13, 14]. Furthermore, in the presence of interference, these techniques need to estimate the DOAs of all the target signals and interference, which also increases computational complexity and decreases the accuracy of DOA estimation [15].
The application of adaptive beamforming in DOA estimation has become the research focus on interference existing [16]. In [16], Wang et al. developed a new structure of DOA estimation based on subarray beamforming. This technique has a clear advantage on the DOA estimation when interference exists but still needs the computation of matrix inversion which is not easy to be applied to a practical system. Based on this structure, a novel Multistage Nested Wiener Filterbased (MSNWF) [17–20] DOA estimation technique (MSNWFDOA) is proposed in this paper. This technique uses two subarray adaptive beamformers based on the MSNWF to construct the same array geometry for forming the phase shift and rejecting interference at the same time. The DOAs of the target signals are estimated from the phase shifts by using a reference signal after the rejection of interference. Therefore, the performance of DOA estimation is significantly improved. This technique can be widely used for the implementation of hardware systems such as wireless communication system, active radar, sonar, spacetime adaptive process (STAP) systems [20, 21], and multiple input and multiple output (MIMO) systems [22].
The advantages of the MSNWFDOA estimation are as follows:

1)
Since the use of MSNWF in this technique realizes the subspace eigen decomposition, computation of inversion of the covariance matrix becomes unnecessary and thus reduces the complexity of computation; the MSNWFDOA can be easily applied in hardware platform [23].

2)
The capacity of DOA estimation in the proposed MSNWFDOA technique can be far larger than the number of antenna elements.

3)
In MSNWF estimation techniques, the target DOA is estimated after interference rejection [24]. In this way, the estimation resolution and accuracy of MSNWFDOA are significantly improved.
The paper is organized as follows: In Section 2, the signal model is described using a uniform linear array system. In the Section 3, the basic structure of the MSNWFDOA estimation system, the MSNWFbased adaptive beamforming, and the DOA computing of the proposed method are presented. Design examples and simulation results are given in Section 4 to show the performance of resolution, capacity, and the effects of snapshot length and the stages of MSNWF. Conclusions are drawn in Section 5.
Signal model
Consider a uniform linear array (ULA) system that uses M elements with adjacent element spacing d, deployed at a base station. Assume the numbers of narrowband signals and unknown interference sources are K and P, respectively. And these signals are received by the ULA system with different DOAs θ _{ k }, k = 1, 2, ⋯, K + P.
Using complex envelope representation, the received signals can be expressed by
where s _{ k }(t) denotes the kth signal component, k = 1, 2, ⋯, K for target components, and k = K + 1, K + 2, ⋯, K + P for interference components. The a(θ _{ k }) denotes the steering vector of the array in direction θ _{ k }, which is given by
and n(t) denotes a spatially stationary background noise vector with zero mean, and the crosscovariance is expressed as
where I is the identity matrix.
Suppose that the received vector x(t) is sampled at n, n = 1, 2, ⋯, L, the received signal in the matrix notation can be expressed as
where X and N are M × L matrices,
and
and A(θ) is a M × K matrix, which is expressed as
and S is a K × L matrix, which is expressed as
MSNWFDOA estimation
The proposed MSNWFDOA uses the uniform linear antenna array at the received end, and the geometry of the array is similar to that used in ESPRIT techniques. The antenna array is decomposed into equalsized subarrays, where two subarrays are used in conjunction with two subarray MSNWF adaptive beamformers to obtain an optimal estimation of a phaseshift reference signal whose phase relative to that of the reference signal is a function of the target DOA. The target DOA is then computed from the estimated phase shift between the reference signal r _{ k } and the phaseshifted reference signal \( {e}^{j{\phi}_k}{\mathbf{r}}_k \). The block diagram of the MSNWFDOA system is illustrated in Fig. 1.
Subarray signal formation
Consider that the array is composed by a ULA of M element as a receiver and decomposed into two sets of M − 1 element virtual subarrays, A and B. The downconverted baseband signal received by the mth, m = 1, 2, ⋯, M element of the antenna array is expressed by
The vectors of the A and B are given by
and
respectively. Let
Then, the subarray signals y _{ A }(n) and y _{ B }(n) can be written as
and
where vectors n _{ A }(n) and n _{ B }(n) are the background noise at the subarray, respectively. The phaseshift factor between the kth components of signals y _{ A }(n) and y _{ B }(n) which from the kth signal is given by
Sampling y _{ A }(n) and y _{ B }(n), we can obtain
Recursion algorithm of MSNWF
In the Wiener filter, the estimation of the desired signal d _{0}(n) from an observation vector x _{0}(n) is optimal in the minimum mean square error (MMSE) sense. The weight vector w _{ x0} of the Wiener filter can be obtained via solving the following WienerHopf equations
where R _{ x0} is the covariance matrix of x _{0}(n), and r _{ x0} is the crosscorrelation vector between x _{0}(n) and d _{0}(n). The covariance matrix R _{ x0} cannot be readily estimated, if x _{0}(n) is of high dimension. Based on this, Goldstein and Reed proposed that if the observation x _{0}(n) is prefiltered by a fullrank matrix T ∈ ℂ ^{M × M}, i.e., z _{1}(n) = Tx _{0}(n), then the Wiener filter with the weight of w _{ z1} which estimates d _{0}(n) from z _{1}(n) results in the same MSE [9, 10, 16]. The assumed fullrank prefiltering matrix can be chosen as
where H is the complex conjugate transpose operator. Thus, the new observation vector can be written as
where B _{1} is referred to the blocking matrix, B _{1} h _{1} = 0, and h _{1} = r _{ x0d0}/‖r _{ x0d0}‖_{2}.
The solution of the WienerHopf equations relative to the transformed system is
where \( {\alpha}_1={\left\Vert {\mathbf{r}}_{\mathbf{x}0\mathbf{d}0}\right\Vert}_2/\left({\sigma}_{d1}^2{\mathbf{r}}_{\mathbf{x}1\mathbf{d}1}^{\mathrm{H}}{\mathbf{R}}_{\mathbf{x}1}^{1}{\mathbf{r}}_{\mathbf{x}1\mathbf{d}1}\right) \), R _{ z1} is the covariance matrix of the new observation vector z _{1}(n), and r _{ z1d1} is the crosscorrelation vector between the new desired signal d _{1}(n) and the new observation vector z _{1}(n). And \( {\mathbf{R}}_{\mathbf{x}1}={\mathbf{B}}_1{\mathbf{R}}_{\mathbf{x}0}{\mathbf{B}}_1^{\mathrm{H}} \) is the covariance matrix of the new observation vector x _{1}(n), \( {\sigma}_{d1}^2={\mathbf{h}}_1^{\mathrm{H}}{\mathbf{R}}_{\mathbf{x}0}{\mathbf{h}}_1 \) is the variance of the new desired signal d _{1}(n), and r _{ x1d1} = B _{1} R _{ x0} h _{1} is the crosscorrelation vector between x _{1}(n) and d _{1}(n).
The transform process produces a new vector Wiener filter, which estimates the signal d _{1}(n) from the observation vector x _{1}(n), and a scalar Wiener filter is followed. Repeating this process, a nested Wiener filter structure can be obtained, which is defined as the original Multistage Nested Wiener Filter [16–19]. In addition, the group of orthogonal weight vectors extracted by earlier several forward recursions spans the signal subspace, which ensures that the MSNWF algorithm is completed for the estimation of the direction of arrival and the reducedrank adaptive filtering. In order to avoid the formation of blocking matrices required in the original algorithm, Zoltowski et al. proposed a data level recursive MSNWF algorithm [23, 24] as shown in Fig. 2, which effectively reduces the computational complexity.
In Fig. 2, t _{ i }, i = 1, 2, ⋯, D is a match filter, D is the recursive stage, ε _{ i }, i = 1, 2, ⋯, D is MSE at the ith stage, and ω _{ i }, i = 1, 2, ⋯, D is the coefficient of Wiener filter calculated at the ith stage.
The flow diagram of the data level recursion MSNWFDOA estimation algorithm is given in Table 1.
MSNWFDOA estimation system
In the MSNWFDOA system, the optimal estimation of the phaseshifted reference signal \( {e}^{j{\phi}_k}{\mathbf{r}}_k \) in the minimum mean square error sense can be obtained at the output of the adaptive beamformer B, where the adaptive beamforming weights obtained from the adaptive beamformer A with the MSNWF structure were used.
In the adaptive beamformer B, consider the case where the phaseshifted reference signal \( {e}^{j{\phi}_k}{\mathbf{r}}_k \) is the desired signal, and the output of the adaptive beamformer B can be used to estimate the desired signal. Since the phaseshifted \( {e}^{j{\phi}_k} \) is unknown, both the phaseshifted reference signal and the weight vector of the adaptive beamformer B are not available. However, the weight vector of the adaptive beamformer B can be obtained from the optimal weights of the adaptive beamformer A, which is shown as follows:
In the adaptive beamformer A, the desired signal and observation vector can be given by
The optimal weight vector of adaptive beamformer A can be readily obtained according to Table 1 as shown in Table 2.
In the adaptive beamformer B, the phaseshifted desired signal and observation vector can be given by
And the optimal weight vector of the adaptive beamformer B can be obtained according to Table 1 as shown in Table 3.
Substitute (13), (14), and (16) into Table 3, we have
and
Since \( {{\mathbf{w}}_k^A}^{{}^{(D)}}={{\mathbf{w}}_k^B}^{{}^{(D)}} \), the weight vector \( {{\mathbf{w}}_k^B}^{{}^{(D)}} \) can be obtained by calculating the optimal weight of the adaptive beamformer A.
Computation of DOA
The adaptive beamformer B based on the structure of MSNWF can be simplified to a single stage Wiener filter in virtue of obtaining its weight from the adaptive beamformer A. Let \( {\widehat{\mathbf{r}}}_k(n)={\left({\mathbf{w}}_k^{B(D)}\right)}^{\mathrm{H}}{\mathbf{y}}_B \) denote the output signal of beamformer B. Let
Thus, \( {\widehat{\mathbf{r}}}_k \) is an optimal estimation of the phaseshifted reference signal \( {e}^{j{\phi}_k}{\mathbf{r}}_k \) in the MMSE sense, which can be written as
Let \( {\overset{\frown }{\phi}}_k \) denote an estimation of ϕ _{ k }, which can be computed by using the least square method such that the square error between the two signal vectors \( {\widehat{\mathbf{r}}}_k \) and r _{ k } is minimized, i.e.,
In [10], Zhang et al. give the solution of the optimization \( {\overset{\frown }{\phi}}_k \), that is
According to (15), an estimation of the target DOA can then be obtained as
Simulations
In this section, the performance of the proposed method, including the resolution, capacity, and accuracy of the MSNWFDOA techniques will be evaluated through simulations. In simulations 1 and 2, the resolution and the capacity of the DOA estimation using the MSNWFDOA techniques will be illustrated and compared with other techniques, such as MUSIC and ESPRIT. In simulations 3 and 4, the effects of the snapshot length and the stage of MSNWF on the estimation accuracy will be investigated, respectively.
Resolution of DOA estimation
A ULA of ten elements, with a spacing of d = λ/2 deployed at the receiver was employed in the simulations, to deal with a case where the DOAs of three signals and two interference are closely distributed. Further assume that the DOAs of the target incoherent signal components are at −2°, 0°, and 2°. The DOAs of the interference components are at −4° and 4°. The information bittobackground noise power spectral density ratio of the received signal is set to 10 dB. The snapshot length is fixed at 100, and the stage of MSNWF is set to 5. One thousand simulation runs were performed.
The histograms of the resolution of DOA estimation obtained for these three techniques are shown in Fig. 3a–d. The histogram depicts the number of occurrences estimated DOA as a function of DOA degrees. In Fig. 3a, the histogram of MUSIC technique shows two peak values which deviate from the DOAs of the target signals. In Fig. 3b, although the histogram of ESPRIT technique shows three peak values, the peak values deviate from the DOAs of the target signals. It is seen that the MUSIC or ESPRIT technique cannot offer the desired results when the DOAs of target signals are very close. Correspondingly, in Fig. 3c, d, the histogram shows three peak values, indicating that using the subarray beamformingbased DOA (SBDOA) and the proposed MSNWFDOA, all three DOAs are successfully estimated. However, the SBDOA requires O(M^{3}) operations, and the MSNWFDOA merely demands O(2 M^{2} + 6 M) operations.
Capacity of DOA estimation
This simulation deals with a case where the number of signals is larger than that of antenna elements. The simulation conditions are kept the same as those in simulation 1 except for the number of signal sources considered. The DOAs of nine target signal components are set from −40° to 40° with interval 10°, and the DOAs of six interference components are set from −25° to 25° with interval 10°.
Histograms of the obtained estimated DOAs are shown in Fig. 4a–d. In Fig. 4a, b, the histograms show the deviated peak values and demonstrate that these two techniques cannot provide acceptable DOA estimation, when the number of antenna elements is less than the total number of target signals and interference. In contrast, in Fig. 4c, d, the histograms show that all nine target DOAs are successfully estimated when using the SBDOA and MSNWFDOA techniques. As can be seen, the probability of the success of DOA estimation in MSNWFDOA technique is close to that in the SBDOA technique.
Effects of snapshot length on estimation accuracy
In the simulation of snapshot length effect, the snapshot length for adaptive beamforming and DOA computation are set to different values, 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500, and the stage of MSNWF is set to five. The DOA of the target signal is fixed at 0°, and the DOAs of the interference are set from −90° to 90° with interval 10° except 0°. The root mean square error (RSME) of the estimated target DOA averaged over 1000 simulation runs versus the signaltonoise ratio (SNR) of the target DOAs and the snapshot length are illustrated in Fig. 5.
The proposed MSNWFDOA technique leads to a RSME of less than 5°, as can be seen, when using a small snapshot length such as 50. The RSME obviously decreases as the snapshot length increases. This demonstrates the fast DOA tracking can be implemented by using the proposed MSNWFDOA technique.
Effects of the stage of MSNWF on DOA estimation accuracy
In the simulation of the MSNWF stage effect, the recursion stages of MSNWF for adaptive beamforming are set to different values, 3, 5, and 9. The snapshot length is set to 200. And other simulation conditions are kept the same as those in the simulation for the snapshot length effect. The RSME of the estimated target DOA averaged over 10,000 simulation runs versus the SNR of the target DOAs, and the stage of MSNWF are demonstrated in Fig. 6. The SBDOA can be considered as the fullrank of MSNWFDOA. The RSME decreases as the MSNWF stage increases. This figure shows that the RSME is less than 2.1°, when using stage 5 as the MSNWF stage, and the RSME of MSNWFDOA is better than the RSME of SBDOA, when using stage 9 as the MSNWF stage.
Conclusions
A novel DOA estimation method based on data level recursive MSNWF has been proposed in this paper. In this technique, two subarray adaptive beamformers based on the MSNWF are used to form the phase shift and reject interference at the same time. The DOAs of target signals are estimated from the phase shift by using a reference signal after interference rejection. Therefore, the performance of DOA estimation such as resolution, capacity, and accuracy are significantly improved. And the complexity of computation is also significantly reduced by avoiding the calculation of the covariance matrix inversion when getting the optimal weight vector of the beamformer. This technique can be widely used for the implementation of hardware systems such as wireless communication system, active radar, sonar, STAP systems, and MIMO systems. Numerical simulations demonstrating the effectiveness and advantage of this technique are presented.
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He, X., Zhu, J. & Tang, B. DOA estimation based on data level Multistage Nested Wiener Filter. J Wireless Com Network 2015, 149 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1186/s1363801503791
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Keywords
 DOA
 Estimation
 MSNWF
 Beamforming
 Subarrays