Deep Sensing for Next-Generation Dynamic Spectrum Sharing: More Than Detecting the Occupancy State of Primary Spectrum

Bin Li*, Shenghong Li, Arumugam Nallanathan, Yijiang Nan, Chenglin Zhao, Zheng Zhou

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In this paper, spectrum sensing is investigated and a new detection framework, namely, deep sensing (DS), is proposed for more challenging scenarios of future dynamic spectrum sharing. In contrast to existing methods, the DS scheme is designed to proactively recover and exploit some other informative states associated with realistic cognitive links (e.g., fading gains), except detecting the occupancy of primary-band. A unified mathematical model, relying on the dynamic state-space approach, is formulated, in which the Bernoulli random finite set (RFS) is further exploited to theoretically characterize complex DS procedures. A Bernoulli filter algorithm is suggested to recursively estimate unknown PU states accompanying related link information, which is implemented by particle filtering based on numerical approximations. The proposed DS algorithm is applied to detect primary users under time-varying fading channel, which may increase the observation uncertainty and, therefore, deteriorate the sensing performance. With this new framework, the time-varying fading gain, modeled as a stochastic discrete-state Markov chain (DSMC), is estimated along with unknown PU states. Simulations demonstrate that, by exploiting the underlying dynamic fading property, the sensing performance will surpass other traditional schemes. The DS scheme may be conveniently generalized to other applications, which will promote sensing performance and provides a new paradigm for next-generation spectrum sharing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2442-2457
Number of pages16
JournalIEEE Transactions on Communications
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2015


  • Spectrum sensing
  • deep sensing
  • dynamic state-space model
  • joint estimation
  • random finite set
  • time-variant flat fading


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