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Transmit power Control with ARQ in energy harvesting sensors: a decision-theoretic approach

Aprem, Anup and Murthy, Chandra R and Mehta, Neelesh B (2012) Transmit power Control with ARQ in energy harvesting sensors: a decision-theoretic approach. In: 2012 IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM), 3-7 Dec. 2012, Anaheim, CA.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/GLOCOM.2012.6503638


This paper addresses the problem of finding optimal power control policies for wireless energy harvesting sensor (EHS) nodes with automatic repeat request (ARQ)-based packet transmissions. The EHS harvests energy from the environment according to a Bernoulli process; and it is required to operate within the constraint of energy neutrality. The EHS obtains partial channel state information (CSI) at the transmitter through the link-layer ARQ protocol, via the ACK/NACK feedback messages, and uses it to adapt the transmission power for the packet (re)transmission attempts. The underlying wireless fading channel is modeled as a finite state Markov chain with known transition probabilities. Thus, the goal of the power management policy is to determine the best power setting for the current packet transmission attempt, so as to maximize a long-run expected reward such as the expected outage probability. The problem is addressed in a decision-theoretic framework by casting it as a partially observable Markov decision process (POMDP). Due to the large size of the state-space, the exact solution to the POMDP is computationally expensive. Hence, two popular approximate solutions are considered, which yield good power management policies for the transmission attempts. Monte Carlo simulation results illustrate the efficacy of the approach and show that the approximate solutions significantly outperform conventional approaches.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Publisher: IEEE
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to IEEE.
Keywords: Energy Harvesting Sensors; Power Control; ARQ; Retransmission; POMDP.
Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Electrical Communication Engineering
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2013 10:43
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2013 10:43
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/47912

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