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EKF/UKFbased channel estimation for robust and reliable communications in V2V and IIoT
EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking volume 2019, Article number: 144 (2019)
Abstract
Cyberphysical systems (CPSs) are characterized by integrating computation, communication, and physical system. In typical CPS application scenarios, vehicletovehicle (V2V) and Industry Internet of Things (IIoT), due to doubly selective fading and nonstationary channel characteristics, the robust and reliable endtoend communication is extremely important. Channel estimation is a major signal processing technology to ensure robust and reliable communication. However, the existing channel estimation methods for V2V and IIoT cannot effectively reduce intercarrier interference (ICI) and lower the computation complexity, thus leading to poor robustness. Aiming at this challenge, according to the channel characteristics of V2V and IIoT, we design two channel estimation methods based on the Bayesian filter to promote the robustness and reliability of endtoend communication. For the channels with doubly selective fading and nonstationary characteristics of V2V and IIoT scenarios, in the one hand, basis extended model (BEM) is used to further reduce the complexity of the channel estimation algorithm under the premise that ICI can be eliminated in the channel estimation. On the other hand, aiming at the nonstationary channel, a channel estimation and interpolation method based on extended Kalman filter (EKF) and unscented Kalman filter (UKF) Bayesian filters to jointly estimate the channel impulse response (CIR) and timevarying time domain autocorrelation coefficient is adopted. Through the MATLAB simulation, the robustness and reliability of endtoend communication for V2V and IIoT are promoted by the proposed algorithms.
Introduction
Cyberphysical systems (CPSs) are multidimensional complex systems with realtime perception, dynamic control, and information services, which consist of comprehensive computing, networking, and physical environments to implement information integration and deep collaboration using computing, communication, and control technologies (3Cs) [1–3]. CPS realizes the integrated design of computing, communication, and physical system, which can make the system more reliable and high efficient and realize realtime collaboration. Therefore, it has broad application prospects [4–6].
As an intelligent system, any problems in any link may affect the normal operation of the CPS, resulting in equipment damage, lower economic benefits, and even casualties. Thus, the stability of CPS, which is an enormous challenge in system design, should be considered and improved [4]. The stability of CPS mainly includes system reliability and robustness^{Footnote 1}. Firstly, to ensure the system reliability of operation, CPS should respond to the input of the system timely and effectively. In particular, for the autovehicle system (shown in Fig. 1) in the vehicletovehicle (V2V) communication scenario, extremely high reliability for system communication is required [7]. Extremely demanding, traffic order and passenger safety are guaranteed only when the system can send the correct driving instructions to the target vehicle terminal quickly. Secondly, it is still necessary to ensure the system’s robustness. In particular, for the process control system (shown in Fig. 2) in the Industry Internet of Things (IIoT) communication scenario, it requires extremely high robustness of system communication [8]. With the movement of the terminal, the channel state may change drastically in a short period of time, and the electromagnetic environment in the factory is complicated. So, the system should be able to effectively complete the data transmission in the case of frequently switching of the channel state.
At the communication system receiver, channel estimation plays an important role in improving the reliability and robustness of the communication system in different communication scenarios. The pilot symbols are firstly utilized to obtain the channel impulse response (CIR) of the partial frequency or time in channel estimation, and then, the channel interpolation method is used to calculate the channel response of the entire timefrequency domain resource block [9]. Finally, the estimated channel response for channel equalization is utilized to eliminate the wireless signal distortion and interference introduced by the channel during signal propagation. Therefore, in order to improve the reliability and robustness of CPS, the physical channel features of the V2V and IIoT should be analyzed and studied. The V2V communication scenario is shown in Fig. 1. Because the terminal is in the state of highspeed movement, the channel will exhibit the selective fading (doubly selective fading) in the timefrequency domain under the combination of multipath effect and the Doppler effect [7, 10]. At the same time, some recent studies have pointed out that the timedomain autocorrelation coefficient of the CIR appears timevarying or nonstationary characteristics due to the rapidly timevarying characteristics of the geometric parameters of the beam between the receiving antenna array and the base station. For the IIoT scenario shown in Fig. 2, due to the influence of various scatters in the factory, the number of taps of the channel is timevarying [8, 11]. It means that the transmission path of the wireless channel includes not only a direct path but also scatter paths and dynamic paths. Therefore, the time domain autocorrelation function of the channel also exhibits timevarying characteristics. At the same time, in the communication scenario of IIoT, since the scatters in the factory are very rich and in moving states, the channel will also show the doubly selective fading characteristics.
According to the form of its estimated channel response, the channel estimation methods can be classified into the time domain and frequency domain channel estimations, respectively. It is worthy mentioning that the methods of time domain channel estimation can effectively eliminate the intercarrier interference (ICI) in the channel estimation because the CIR is estimated directly. Since this paper is aimed at the scenario of the doubly selective fading channel that may exist severe ICI, the time domain channel estimation method is adopted. Moreover, the basis expansion model (BEM) can effectively reduce the complexity of the estimation by transforming the CIR to a low dimensional space formed by the base vector. At the same time, the damage of the channel information can be almost ignored by the selection of a reasonable base vector. Consequently, the BEM has been widely applied in channel estimation for doubly selective channels [10, 12].
In view of the nonstationary characteristics of the channel, based on Bayesian filter, our previous research results have pointed out that the joint estimation of the CIR and the time domain autocorrelation coefficient of timevarying channel is an effective method for tracking the response changes of nonstationary channels.
In our previous research [13], a nonstationary channel estimation method based on extended Kalman filter (EKF) is proposed. However, the method is limited by its model and cannot effectively deal with ICI. Therefore, the estimation accuracy is low and it is not applicable to communication scenarios such as V2V or IIoT.
In summary, in order to improve the robustness and reliability of the endtoend communication link of CPS, channel estimation and interpolation is implemented based on Bayesian filtering and the theories of BEM, joint estimation of channel response, and time domain correlation coefficient. Finally, the accuracy of channel estimation and the ability of combat complex and variable communication environments could be improved.
The main contributions of this paper are as follows:
1. For the channels with doubly selective fading characteristics of V2V and IIoT scenarios in CPS, BEM is used to further reduce the complexity of the channel estimation algorithm under the premise that ICI can be eliminated in the channel estimation.
2. Based on the nonstationary characteristics of the channels in V2V and IIoT scenarios, this paper uses channel estimation and interpolation method based on EKF and unscented Kalman filter (UKF) Bayesian filters to jointly estimate the CIR and timevarying time domain autocorrelation coefficients.
3. The system complexity of the proposed algorithms is further analyzed. Due to the fact that the BEM is utilized, the CIR matrix is transformed from N dimension to QL dimension (QL≪N), where N is the number of subcarriers, Q and L denote the dimension of basis vector and the number of taps, respectively. Thus, the complexity of the channel estimation algorithms including least square (LS), EKF, and UKF is greatly reduced.
4. Through the MATLAB simulation platform, we compare the normalized minimum mean error (NMSE) and bit error rate (BER) performance of the LS, EKF, and UKF BEMbased channel estimation algorithms at different terminal moving velocity in the V2V scene, as well as the NMSE and BER performance under the condition of different taps in the IIoT scene. The mean and variance of the BER are listed under the conditions of different channel estimation algorithms at different terminal moving speeds and taps. Simulation results show that the proposed channel estimation methods could be applied to V2V and IIoT scenarios to promote the robustness and reliability of endtoend communication.
The rest of this paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, the related works are presented and analyzed. In Section 3, both the system model and channel model are presented. In Section 4, we propose the BEMEKF and BEMUKF channel estimation methods, including state space model, updating equation, and analyzing of complexity. In Section 5, the performances of the proposed methods are compared with the traditional methods in V2V and IIoT environments by MATLAB. Finally, the conclusion is discussed in Section 6.
Related work
The robust communications in V2V
For the past few years, the Internet of Vehicle (IoV) communication has successfully verified its superiority in various fields. In order to improve traffic safety by adopting advanced wireless communication systems, further investigations and studies on V2V are carried out widely. Based on the channel measurement method, literatures [14] and [15] show that the V2V channel is timevarying and nonstationary due to the mobility of the transmitter/receiver terminal or the existence of dynamic scatters. Thus, setting up future measurement campaigns and proposing more realistic V2V channel models are the two challenges. To ensure frequency nonselectivity and minimum ICI, the performance analysis of orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM)based V2V communication system is reported in [16], which aims to alleviate the Doppler spread of vehicles when driving at high speed. Time variation and its timefrequency domain selectivity of channel, which lead to nonstationarity characteristic, are further discussed in [17], and the nonstationarity characteristic of V2V channels is one of the key factors that must be considered in establishing a correct channel model. In order to take advantage of upcoming V2V applications, a robust method of communication between vehicles must be established. Literature [18] points out that the main challenge of V2V communication system is the robustness of the entire communication system caused by extremely fast timevarying channel characteristics in high speeds and the high mobility of the environment. Therefore, the channel response of the system must be accurately estimated before it can be used for equalization, demodulation, and decoding. Thus, accurate and reliable channel estimation is critical to the overall system performance. In [19], a channel estimation scheme is proposed by constructing pilots using the data symbols and properly exploiting the correlation characteristics of V2V channels. Three different Doppler shifts in the vehicle networking environment are compared by using simulation, which proves that the proposed constructed data pilot (CDP) estimation scheme has a good robustness, especially in high signaltonoise ratio (SNR) regime. The method for reducing the complexity associated with the estimation and equalization of a doubly selective channel is proposed in [20]. However, it will reduce the system robustness. Meanwhile, the author also proposes a new algorithm of Gradient RakeMatching Pursuit (GRMP) algorithm to reduce complexity and improve system robustness. Three channel estimation and tracking algorithms, Finite Alphabet with Time Truncation (FATT), Minimum Distance with Time Truncation (MDTT), and Decision Directed with Time Truncation (DDTT) are reposted in [21]. Those algorithms obtain very high performance in low mobile environments as well as fast varying channels, which meet the requirements of improving system robustness. In [22], nonstationary channel models based on the wellknown tapped delay line (TDL) model are used; the authors compare the BER performance of different channel interpolation algorithms at different moving speeds, which reveals that the robustness can be further improved since the performance degradation from the optimum performance is still significant.
The robust communications in IIoT
In recent years, in addition to the IoV, wireless communication and networking have been introduced into industrial systems due to the advantage of cablefree deployment [23]. Because of the presence of significant noise and interference effects caused by large machinery and heavy multipath propagation effects caused by highly reflective structures [24], the performance of the wireless channel in an industrial environment are different with the radio channels in home and office environments. In order to avoid the problems of industrial equipment damage, security risks and economic losses due to the instability of the wireless network, the approaches to improve the stability and reliability of the wireless network are urgent. The studies on the fading channel in industrial scenarios last over decades. Measurementbased approach examining the fading effect of the factories environment are reported in [25, 26], and the results identify that the industrial channel still follows the classical propagation principle and the existence of heavy temporal fading effect. The work in [27] attempts to model the time variant mobile peertopeer fading effect with the extension to the classical mobile channel model. A state of the art survey on the industrial fading channel has been provided in [24], which confirms the temporal fading effects. Since doubly selective or timevarying multipath channels caused by the propagation channel environment of IIoT will affect the robustness of the entire communication system [20]. In addition, since the channel state is varying and the equalizer must be constantly updated to match the channel changing, it is difficult to realize estimation and equalization simultaneously [28, 29]. A lowcomplexity channel estimation scheme based on compressed sensing in IIoT environment is proposed in [20], and the simulations results show that the proposed method can effectively improve the robustness of the system.
System model
With the rapid development of communication technology, people are pursuing highspeed and stable wireless data transmission. At the same time, the shortage of frequency band resources is becoming more and more serious. The OFDM communication system uses multicarrier modulation to improve the data transmission rate and effectively combat the influence of multipath fading, and the positive subcarrier modulation greatly improves the utilization rate of the frequency band. It can be seen that the OFDM system satisfies the needs of modern wireless communication technology. The IEEE 802.11p protocol used in the V2V and the IEEE 802.15.4 protocol commonly used in the IIoT all use the block pilot insertion [30, 31]. Therefore, we use the OFDM communication system based on block pilot as the basis of the research as shown in Fig. 3.
Considering an OFDM system with N subcarriers, there are I OFDM symbols in a subframe. s_{i}(n) is defined as a transmitted symbol at ith OFDM symbol on nth subcarrier, and the vector of transmitted symbols at ith OFDM symbol is \({\mathbf {s}_{i}} = {\left [ {{s_{i}}\left (0 \right), \ldots,{s_{i}}\left ({N  1} \right)} \right ]^{\mathop \mathrm {T}\nolimits } }\). The OFDM modulation for s_{i}, inverse discrete Fourier transforming (IDFT), can be expressed as
where \({\mathbf {s}_{i}} = {\left [ {{s_{i}}\left (0 \right), \ldots,{s_{i}}\left ({N  1} \right)} \right ]^{\mathop \mathrm {T}\nolimits } }\) is the transmitted sequences in time domain and \({\left [ \mathbf {F} \right ]_{n,k}} = \frac {1}{{\sqrt N }}\exp \left ({  j\frac {{2\pi }}{N}kn} \right)\) is the Fourier transforming matrix. Then, the OFDM communication model can be described as
where \({\mathbf {y}_{i}} = {\left [ {{y_{i}}\left (0 \right), \ldots,{y_{i}}\left ({N  1} \right)} \right ]^{\mathop \mathrm {T}\nolimits } }\) is the vector of received symbols at the ith OFDM symbol, z_{i} is an additive complex Gaussian noise with zero mean, and covariance matrix \({\mathbf {Q}_{z}} = \sigma _{z}^{2}{\mathbf {I}_{N}}\), where the \(\sigma _{z}^{2}\) is variance of z_{i}, and \({\mathbf {H}_{i}} \in {\mathbb {C}^{N \times N}}\) denotes the channel frequency response (CFR) matrix at ith OFDM symbol, which could be described by the CFR matrix as
where the \({\mathbf {g}_{i}} \in {\mathbb {C}^{N \times N}}\) is the CIR matrix at ith OFDM symbol
where the h_{i}(k,l) is the kth CIR sample point on lth tap at ith OFDM symbol.
Under the doubly selective channel condition, the frequency domain channel estimation methods cannot eliminate ICI, and the time domain channel estimation methods can effectively eliminate the impact of ICI by directly estimating the CIR. However, the time domain channel estimation needs a complete CIR in a symbolic time, which greatly increases the number of parameters to be estimated. Therefore, the BEM is adopted to reduce the space complexity of channel estimation. For the BEM channel model, the selection of base vectors is the key issue. According to the difference of base vectors, the BEM channel model also includes complex exponential BEM (CEBEM), prolate spheroidal BEM (PSBEM), KarhunenLoeve BEM (KLBEM), and polynomial BEM (PBEM) [32]. Because the base vectors of CEBEM are easy to acquire, which does not depend on additional channel statistical information, and they are pairwise orthogonal, the CEBEM is chosen as the basic channel model in this paper.
Assuming that the number of taps of multipath channel is L, the CIR could be described by CEBEM as
where Q is the dimension of base vectors (Q≪N) and b_{k}=[b_{k,0},…,b_{k,Q−1}]^{T} is the kth base vector and \({b_{k,q}} = \exp \left ({\frac {{j2\pi (q  Q)k}}{N}} \right)\). Due to the fact that the CEBEM is adopted, \({\mathbf {c}_{i,l}} = {\left [ {c_{i,l}^{\left (0 \right)}, \ldots,c_{i,l}^{\left ({Q  1} \right)}} \right ]^{\mathrm {T}}}\) is the vector of coefficients of BEM. Let h_{i,l}=[h_{i}(0,l),…,h_{i}(N−1,l)]^{T} denote the vector of CIR on lth tap at ith OFDM symbol, and the vector of CIR at ith OFDM symbol h_{i} could be described as
where B=I_{L}⊗[b_{0},…,b_{N−1}]^{T}, \({\mathbf {c}_{i}} = {\left [ {\mathbf {c}_{i,0}^{\mathop \mathrm {T}\nolimits }, \ldots,\mathbf {c}_{i,L  1}^{\mathop \mathrm {T}\nolimits }} \right ]^{\mathrm {T}}}\).
Then, the BEMbased baseband OFDM communication model could be expressed as
where A_{i} denotes the measurement matrix as
where \({\tilde {\mathbf {S}}_{i}}\) is consisted by transmitted symbols from transmitter, as
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Then, we could construct a timevarying auto regression (TVAR) model for BEMbased CIR as
where R_{i} is the correlation matrix of the coefficients of BEM for adjacent OFDM symbols, v_{i} is the process noise with variance \(\sigma _{v}^{2}\), and covariance matrix \({\mathbf {Q}_{v}} = \sigma _{v}^{2}{\mathbf {I}_{QL}}\). It could be concluded from [33] that R_{i} is obtained by mapping the time domain correlation coefficient matrix of the CIR to a linear space based on the base matrix B. Because the base vectors of CEBEM model are pairwise orthonormal, it can be considered that the CEBEM entirely eliminates the time correlation of the CIR on base space, which means that the coefficients of BEM are pairwise uncorrelated. Based on that, we could consider R_{i} as a diagonal matrix, and the elements on the diagonal are the correlation coefficients of the BEM coefficients.
Channel estimation and interpolation
The challenge of estimation and interpolation in time domain for nonstationary channel would be coped with an EKF or UKF, which could jointly estimate the CIR and channel time correlation coefficients.
State space model
In order to jointly estimate the coefficients of BEM c_{i} and the channel time correlation coefficients R_{i}, we redefine a correlation coefficients vector r_{i} with the diagonal elements of R_{i} as
According to [13], assuming a random walk model for r_{i}, the state space model can be constructed as
where w_{i} denotes process noise of time correlation coefficients r_{i} and it is an independent zeromean Gaussian complex white noises, with covariance matrix \({\mathbf {Q}_{w}} = \sigma _{w}^{2}{\mathbf {I}_{QL}}\), where \(\sigma _{w}^{2}\) is the variance of w_{i}. Then, a new state variable can be defined as \({\mathbf {x}_{i}} = {\left [ {\begin {array}{*{20}{c}}{{\mathbf {r}_{i}}}&{{\mathbf {c}_{i}}}\end {array}} \right ]^{\mathrm {T}}}\), and the state space model can be further derived as
where \(f\left ({{\mathbf {x}_{i}}} \right){\mathrm { = }}\left [ {\begin {array}{*{20}{c}}{{\mathbf {r}_{i}}}\\{{\mathbf {R}_{i}}{\mathbf {c}_{i}}}\end {array}} \right ] = \left [ {\begin {array}{*{20}{c}}{{\mathbf {r}_{i}}}\\{diag\left ({{\mathbf {r}_{i}}} \right){\mathbf {c}_{i}}} \end {array}} \right ]\) is a nonlinear state transform equation.
EKF
Applying the principle of EKF, we could get a linear state space model by the first order Taylor approximation as
where \({\mathbf {T}_{i}} = \left [ {\begin {array}{*{20}{c}} {{\mathbf {I}_{QL}}}&{\mathbf {0}}\\ {\frac {1}{2}{\hat {\mathbf {C}}_{i}}}&{\frac {1}{2}{\hat {\mathbf {R}}_{i}}} \end {array}} \right ]\) is state transform matrix of x_{i}, \(\hat {\mathbf {C}}_{i}{\mathrm { = }}{\text {diag}}\left (\hat {\mathbf {c}}_{i} \right)\) is a diagonal matrix consist of the a posterior estimates of the coefficients of BEM, \(\hat {\mathbf {R}}_{i}\) is the a posterior time correlation coefficients matrix, and u_{i} is the process noise vector of state transfer equation with the covariance matrix \({\mathbf {Q}_{u}} = \left [ {\begin {array}{*{20}{c}} {{\mathbf {Q}_{w}}}&{\mathbf {0}}\\ {\mathbf {0}}&{{\mathbf {Q}_{v}}} \end {array}} \right ]\).
In the state prediction process, it is necessary to make a prediction of the a priori estimates of the state variable at the next moment based on the a posterior estimates, which is estimated at the previous moment with state transfer equations, and the state prediction equations can be described as
where P_{ii−1} denotes the a priori covariance matrix of ith state variable.
As mentioned above, the measurement matrix of data symbols are difficult to acquire. Here, we propose a decisiondirected scheme to construct the measurement matrix as follows. Predicted CIR vector h_{ii−1} can be obtained from the a priori coefficients of BEM c_{ii−1} by (5) at first, and then, it can be transformed into a priori CFR matrix H_{ii−1} by (3). Therefore, the transmitted symbols vector s_{i} of ith OFDM symbol can be calculated through the MMSE equalization as
where \(\hat {\mathbf {s}}_{i}\) denotes the predicted value of transmitted symbols vector. However, \(\hat {\mathbf {s}}_{i}\) might deviate from the original constellation points of transmitted symbols s_{i} due to the influence of noise and the error of channel state prediction. Obviously, measurement matrix constructed by \(\hat {\mathbf {s}}_{i}\) is inappropriate, a decisiondirected scheme is proposed herein to improve the validity of state measurement.
The operation of decisiondirected scheme is described in detail as follows. The modulation symbol set of transmitted symbols is defined as S={S_{0},...,S_{M−1}}, where S_{m} denotes the one of the modulation symbols and log2M is the modulation order. The output of decisiondirected scheme \(\hat s_{i}^{(d)}(n)\) is the modulation symbol which is the nearest one for \({\hat s_{i}}(n)\), as
Thus, the measurement matrix \(\hat {\mathbf {A}}_{i}^{(d)}\) can be constructed from \(\hat {\mathbf {s}}_{i}^{(d)}\) by (7), and it could be put into the state update equations of EKF.
In this situation that the received signal is affected by noise significantly, the decision error \(\hat {\mathbf {s}}_{i}^{(d)}\), which \(\hat {\mathbf {s}}_{i}^{(d)} \ne {\mathbf {s}_{i}}\), would lead to an obvious measurement error which would propagate with the iteration of EKF until next pilot symbol arrived. Nevertheless, the decisiondirected scheme is very simple, and the cost of hardware implementation for decisiondirected scheme is low.
After state prediction, the a posterior state variable x_{i} would be estimated through the state updating equations of EKF as
where K_{i} is the gain of EKF. It is worth mentioning that the complexity would be increased because of the matrix inversing in (17). However, BEM is used to establish the state space model of EKF, the relationship between the complexity and estimation accuracy can be effectively controlled by adjusting the compression base vector dimension Q according to the actual application scenario.
UKF
The UKF uses a deterministic sampling technique known as the unscented transform (UT) to pick a minimal set of sample points (called sigma points) around the mean. The sigma points are propagated through the nonlinear functions, from which a new mean and covariance estimate are formed. There are three main steps for the state prediction of UKF, including generating of sigma points, substituting the sigma points into the transformation equation, and calculating the means of the a priori state variable and covariance matrix.
According to the length of the vector of state variable, the number of sigma points should be set as 2QL+1. The a posterior sigma points could be described as
where \(\mathbf {\chi }_{i  1}^{(j)}\) denotes the jth sigma point, x_{i−1} is the a posterior estimate of state variable on the (i−1)th OFDM symbol, P_{i−1} denotes the a posterior covariance matrix on the (i−1)th OFDM symbol, and the λ is the weight factor of covariance
where α and β control the spread of the sigma points. According to the state space model proposed in (11) and the parameters setting recommendation for UKF in [34], we set the α as 0.95 and β as 2, respectively. The sigma points are propagated through the transition function
where the \(\hat {\mathbf {\chi }}_{i}^{(j)}\) is the predicted sigma points. The weighted sigma points are recombined to produce the predicted state and covariance, which can be derived as
where \(W_{j}^{\left (m \right)}\) and \(W_{j}^{\left (c \right)}\) are the weights of state and covariance, which are given by
In the next step, the predicted state x_{ii−1} and covariance P_{ii−1} are utilized to calculate the a posterior state and covariance which would be fed to the equalizer and demodulator.
The a posterior estimates of state variable would be calculated by updating equations according to the a priori estimates. There are four steps in the program of state updating: generating of sigma points; substituting the sigma points into the measurement equation; calculating the mean, covariance matrix, and crosscovariance matrix of measurement variable; and computing the gain of filtering and the a posterior estimates and covariance matrix of state variable, respectively.
There are also 2QL+1 a priori sigma points would be generated as
The decisiondirected method is utilized to construct the measurement matrix \(\hat {\mathbf {A}}_{i}\), so we would obtain the measurement sigma points by substituting the sigma points into the measurement equation like
where \(\hat {\mathbf {\gamma }}_{i}^{(j)}\) denotes the jth measurement sigma point on the ith OFDM symbol. The weighted a priori sigma points are recombined to produce the mean, covariance matrix, and crosscovariance matrix of \(\hat {\mathbf {\gamma }}_{i}^{(j)}\) as
where μ_{i} is the mean of measurement sigma points, T_{i} is the covariance matrix, and C_{i} is the crosscovariance matrix.
Then, the gain of filtering K_{i}, the a posterior estimates x_{i} and the covariance matrix P_{i} could be described as
System complexity
Table 1 showed the comparison of the computational complexity (the number of times) for several classical channel estimation methods, similar channel estimation methods, and the proposed BEMbased EKF and BEMbased UKF methods in an OFDM symbol.
The LS, EKF, and UKF methods in Table 1 all belong to frequency channel estimation method without BEM. It could be also witnessed that the complexity of BEMbased channel estimation methods is based on the dimension of basis vector Q and the number of taps L, rather than the number of subcarriers N. Generally, the QL≪N, so the complexity of BEMbased methods is much lower than frequency channel estimation.
Compared with the BEMbased LS method, the complexity of the BEMbased EKF is about 5 times of it, but both of them are still in a same level. According to the (22) and (27), we find that the main part of the complexity of the BEMbased UKF method is substituting the sigma points into the measurement equation and transforming equation, because the times of substituting sigma points depend on the number of sigma points and the calculation of substituting for all sigma point is (2QL+1)(QL)^{3}. Although the complexity of BEMbased UKF is in a higher level than the BEMbased EKF and the BEMbased LS, the BEM could ensure it keeps in a reasonable value. And the performances of these methods in both V2V and IIoT scenarios will be presented in the next section.
Experimental design
In this section, we would like to present and compare the performances of the BEMEKF and BEMUKF with traditional channel estimation methods in V2V and IIoT environments. Firstly, the simulation parameters are presented, and the simulation results of the methods proposed in this paper are analyzed. Particularly, for demonstrating and showing the robustness and reliability of the endtoend communication systems with BEMEKF and BEMUKF in CPS, we pay more attention to observe and analyze the simulation results in some environments, including the V2V environments with high velocity and the IIoT environments with very deep doubly selective fading.
Simulation parameters
The NMSE and BER performances of BEMLS as well as BEMEKF and BEMUKF proposed in this paper are simulated by MATLAB, and the results are compared and analyzed as follows. Actually, for simulating the most general endtoend communication in V2V and IIoT environments, we set the basic parameters of endtoend communication system as the definition in LTE [35] which is one of the common and available physical layer communication protocols for both V2V and IIoT. The parameters of endtoend OFDM communication system are shown in Table 2. It is worth mentioning that the setting about the variance of process noise \(\sigma _{w}^{2}\) and \(\sigma _{v}^{2}\), according to (8) and (10), the \(\sigma _{w}^{2}\) and \(\sigma _{v}^{2}\) present the uncertainty of the prediction for CIR and the range of variation of time coefficient. According to [10], the most appropriate way to get the values of them is to measure and track the accurate changing of physical channel parameters, including direction of arrival (DoA) and so on, but it is really difficult and complex to get them. Then, in our previous research [36], the variance of process noise is set as a reasonable constant after some adjusting, and we demonstrated that it is a kind of effective and simple way to cope with this problem, so we did the same work in this paper and set them as follows.
As mentioned above, the robustness and reliable performances of communication system in V2V and IIoT environments are what we focus on in this paper, so the basic parameters for V2V and IIoT physic wireless channel are very important and they are presented in Tables 3 and 4.
For V2V environments, the CPS with high robustness and reliable should be able to work in situations with different velocities. According to the extended vehicle model (EVM) defined by LTE, we set the multipath channel parameters, including the information about taps and fading type, as follows. Then, considering the V2V environments with very high terminal speed are always occurred in expressway where the multipath effect is not obvious and the line of sight (LoS) should not be neglected, so the Rician channel model is chosen to be the fading type of V2V environments with different velocities.
For IIoT environments, the ability to keep the communication quality in complex multipath environments is vital for CPS. Since the speed of communication terminals which work in factories and industries always keep in low speed, we set the velocities of terminals in a low level. According to [24], for demonstrating the stability of CPS with channel estimation methods proposed in this paper, we set the parameters for multipath channel with different number, delay, and power of taps as follows. Some researches pointed out that when the level of radio interference in IIoT environments is very high, the distance between ends is not so far, so in most of the situations, the power of LoS ray is the major component and the Rician channel model is also appropriate for IIoT environments [20]. As the V2V environments, we also adopted the Rician as the fading type in IIoT environments.
Results and discussion
Simulation results in V2V
In order to demonstate the improvement in robustness and reliability provided by channel estimation methods proposed in this paper, BEMEKF and BEMUKF, in endtoend communication for CPS, we mainly present the performance of them in V2V and IIoT which are the main environments for CPS.
For the V2V environments, we mainly simulate the NMSE and BER in different velocities with a fixed multipath setting, as the description in Table 3 at first. Since we believe that the channel estimation methods with higher estimation accuracy and lower BERs in different velocities could improve the robustness for endtoend communication in CPS. On the other hand, we also present the BERs in continuous subframes, which could show the improvement in stability and reliability for CPS. Because the BER is directly correlated with the communication quality, if the BERs keep a stable level in continuous subframes where the speed of terminal is very high, the endtoend communication in CPS is reliable. Otherwise, if the BERs change obvious from subframe to subframe, we would believe the level of reliability for CPS is in a low level.
Figures 4 and 5 illuminate the BER and NMSE for channel estimation methods in CPS in V2V environments with velocities from 0 to 150 km/h. It could be witnessed in Fig. 4 that the BEMEKF and the BEMUKF are still in a very low level compared with BEMLS, and with the rising of velocity, the BER performance for BEMLS increases from 6×10^{−4} to 2×10^{−3} where the SNR=30 dB as shown in Fig. 4 c, but the BER for BEMEKF only increases 1.3×10^{−3} and for BEMUKF, it only rises 0.8×10^{−3}, which demonstrated that the BEMUKF is very appropriate for the highspeed and nonstationary environments. And Fig. 5 illuminates the same conclusion. We could observe that the NMSE of BEMEKF and BEMUKF are nearly one tenth of BEMLS, because the EKF and UKF could track the change of channel in high velocity environments.
Figure 6 illuminates the BERs change in continuous 100 subframes with different velocities where the SNR=10 dB, and Table V and Table VI present the mean and variance for BEMLS, BEMEKF, and BEMUKF. We could witness that the means of BER of BEMEKF and BEMUKF are nearly one third of BEMLS, and the variance of BEMEKF and BEMUKF are also much lower than traditional BEMLS a lot in all the velocities. It is obvious that the BEMEKF and BEMUKF could improve the stability and reliability of CPS.
Simulation results in IIoT
In the IIoT scenario, dynamic multipath transmission is an important factor affecting the stability of CPS wireless communication. We set up different delays and attenuations to simulate wireless communication in different multipath environments, and use the proposed channel estimation methods to simulate the NMSE and BER in different multipath conditions. As described earlier in this paper, if the NMSE and BER performance obtained by the proposed channel estimation methods can be kept in a stable state in different multipath conditions, it indicates that the proposed channel estimation methods can improve the robustness of wireless communication of CPS. At the same time, we also simulate the BER variation of consecutive subframes in different multipath environments to reflect the time domain stability of CPS endtoend communication.
Figures 7 and 8 show the performances of BER and NMSE for the channel estimation methods in different SNR environments with the taps changed from 3 to 18. From Fig. 7, we can see that under different SNRs, the BER under the BEMEKF and BEMUKF channel estimation methods can be stably maintained at a low level with the increase of the number of multipaths, while the BER has changed a lot under the BEMLS method. Taking SNR=30 dB as an example, as shown in Fig. 7c, the BER under BEMEKF and BEMUKF methods can be kept within 1×10^{−3} in different multipath conditions. When taps is set to 3, the BER under the BEMLS method is 3×10^{−4}, and when taps is increased to 18, the BER is increased to 7×10^{−3}. The analysis shows that BEMEKF and BEMUKF show better stability in different multipath conditions, and the performance of the BEMUKF method is better than that of the BEMEKF method. The NMSE performance, as shown in Fig. 8, shows the same conclusion, and the BEMEKF and BEMUKF methods can effectively overcome the influence of multipath fading and improve the stability of CPS wireless communication.
Figure 9 reflects the BER change of 100 consecutive subframes in different multipath environments where the SNR = 10 dB. The mean and variance of the BER obtained by the channel estimation methods of BEMLS, BEMEKF, and BEMUKF are shown in Table VII and Table VIII. According to the results, the BER obtained by the BEMEKF and BEMUKF methods is generally lower than the BEMLS method, and the mean and variance of BER under the BEMEKF and BEMUKF methods are smaller than that of the BEMLS method. Therefore, the BEMEKF and BEMUKF methods can be verified to effectively improve the robustness of CPS.
Conclusion
In order to ensure reliable and resilient operation of CPS, the endtoend data transmission must be considered in the communication link with high quality. The main work of this paper is focused on the two important application environments of CPS, including V2V and IIoT. Firstly, we emphasise the importance of channel estimation to enhance the stability of CPS wireless communication and summarize the related work. Then, the doubly selective fading and nonstationary characteristics of V2V and IIoT channels are systematically modeled, the ICI is eliminated through time domain channel estimation, and the complexity of the channel estimation algorithm is further reduced by using BEM. For the nonstationary characteristics of the channel, we use channel estimation and interpolation method based on EKF and UKF to jointly estimate the CIR and timevarying time domain autocorrelation coefficient. At last, the simulation results demonstrate that the BEMUKF method is able to promote the robustness obviously with high computing, and the BEMEKF could promote some robustness with lower computing. It is no doubt that the BEMbased Bayesian filter channel estimation methods are appropriate for robust and reliable endtoend communication of V2V and IIoT.
Our future work will study the actual channel conditions for V2V and IIoT to extract key parameters from actual channel data and complete actual channel modeling, thus improving the availability of channel estimation algorithms in practical applications.
Notes
Robustness in this paper refers to the ability of communication systems to maintain the same performance trends (BER and NMSE) as the channel changes (SNR, velocities or multipath taps). Reliability refers to BER performance.
Abbreviations
 CPSs:

Cyberphysical systems
 V2V:

Vehicletovehicle
 ICI:

Intercarrier interference
 BEM:

Basis extended model
 EKF:

Extended Kalman filter
 UKF:

Unscented Kalman filter
 CIR:

Channel impulse response
 3C:

Communication and control technologies
 NMSE:

Normalized minimum mean error
 OFDM:

Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing
 CDP:

Constructed data pilots
 GRMP:

Gradient RakeMatching Pursuit Algorithm
 FATT:

Finite Alphabet with Time Truncation
 MDTT:

Minimum Distance with Time Truncation
 DDTT:

Decision Directed with Time Truncation
 TDL:

Tapped delay line
 DoA:

Direction of arrival
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This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 61501066), Chongqing Frontier and Applied Basic Research Project (No. cstc2015jcyjA40003), Graduate Research and Innovation Foundation of Chongqing, China (No. CYS18061), and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (No. 106112017CDJXY500001).
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Liao, Y., Shen, X., Sun, G. et al. EKF/UKFbased channel estimation for robust and reliable communications in V2V and IIoT. J Wireless Com Network 2019, 144 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1186/s1363801914242
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Keywords
 CPS
 V2V
 IIoT
 Channel estimation
 Robustness
 Reliability