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Kai Li, Wei Ni, Harrison Kurunathan and Falko Dressler, "Data-driven Deep Reinforcement Learning for Online Flight Resource Allocation in UAV-aided Wireless Powered Sensor Networks," Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC 2022), Seoul, South Korea, May 2022, pp. 1–6.


In wireless powered sensor networks (WPSN), data of ground sensors can be collected or relayed by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) while the battery of the ground sensor can be charged via wireless power transfer. A key challenge of resource allocation in UAV-aided WPSN is to prevent battery drainage and buffer overflow of the ground sensors in the presence of highly dynamic lossy airborne channels which can result in packet reception errors. Moreover, state and action spaces of the resource allocation problem are large, which is hardly explored online. To address the challenges, a new data-driven deep reinforcement learning framework, DDRL-RA, is proposed to train flight resource allocation online so that the data packet loss is minimized. Due to time-varying airborne channels, DDRL-RA firstly leverages long short-term memory (LSTM) with pre-collected offline datasets for channel randomness predictions. Then, Deep Deterministic Policy Gradient (DDPG) is studied to control the flight trajectory of the UAV, and schedule the ground sensor to transmit data and harvest energy. To evaluate the performance of DDRL-RA, a UAV-ground sensor testbed is built, where real-world datasets of channel gains are collected. DDRL-RA is implemented on Tensorflow, and numerical results show that DDRL-RA achieves 19% lower packet loss than other learning-based frameworks.

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Kai Li
Wei Ni
Harrison Kurunathan
Falko Dressler

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    author = {Li, Kai and Ni, Wei and Kurunathan, Harrison and Dressler, Falko},
    doi = {10.1109/ICC45855.2022.9838967},
    title = {{Data-driven Deep Reinforcement Learning for Online Flight Resource Allocation in UAV-aided Wireless Powered Sensor Networks}},
    pages = {1--6},
    publisher = {IEEE},
    address = {Seoul, South Korea},
    booktitle = {IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC 2022)},
    month = {5},
    year = {2022},

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