GFDM Frame Design for 5G Application Scenarios

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Juliano Silveira Ferreira
Henry Douglas Rodrigues
Arturo A. Gonzalez
Ahmad Nimr
Maximilian Matthé
Dan Zhang
Luciano Leonel Mendes
Gerhard Fettweis


The services foreseen for 5G networks will demand a vast number of challenging requirements to be fulfilled by the physical layer. These services can be grouped into application scenarios, each one with a key requirement to be addressed by the 5G network. A flexible waveform associated with a appropriate data frame is an essential feature in order to guarantee the support of contrasting requirements from different application scenarios such as Enhanced Mobile Broadband, Internet of Things, Tactile Internet and Internet Access for Remote Areas. In this paper, we propose a flexible data frame based on Generalized Frequency Division Multiplexing
(GFDM) that can be tailored to address the specific key requirements of the different 5G scenarios. The paper also presents the physical layer parametrization that can be used for each application.

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Ferreira, J. S., Rodrigues, H. D., Gonzalez, A. A., Nimr, A., Matthé, M., Zhang, D., … Fettweis, G. (2017). GFDM Frame Design for 5G Application Scenarios. Journal of Communication and Information Systems, 32(1).
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Juliano Silveira Ferreira, Instituto Nacional de Telecomunicações - Inatel

Julliano Silveira Ferreira received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. in electrical engineering from Inatel, Brazil, in 2002 and 2009, respectively. Since 2004 he works as a researcher and system specialist at Inatel, Brazil, were has been worked on several research projects funded by FAPEMIG and FINEP, besides projects in partnership with companies. His areas of interest include signal processing and communication systems engineering. Currently he is working on multicarrier modulations for 5G networks and future mobile communications systems.

Henry Douglas Rodrigues, Instituto Nacional de Telecomunicações - Inatel

Henry Douglas Rodrigues received the BSc. and MSc. in Electrical Engineer from Inatel, Brazil in 2003 and 2008, respectively. He is a doctorand in Electrical Engineer at Unifei, Brazil. In 2001 he joined Hitachi Kokusai Linear, as an R&D engineer on digital bradcasting systems, became project manager in 2011, and chief engineer in 2013. He contributed for the developement of high efficiency RF power amplifiers, modulators, multiplexers, and power amplifier linearization
with digital pre-distortion. Since 2016 he is with Inatel, Brazil, as a resercher on physical layer for 5G networks. His areas of interest include discrete-time signal processing, digital broadcasting, and communication systems engineering.

Arturo A. Gonzalez, Technical University Dresden

Arturo González received in 2008 his Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM) in Mexico. During his Bachelor studies, he spend one semester abroad in Auckland University of Technology (AUT), focusing on radio communications. In 2011, he received his M.Sc. of Communication Engineering from the Technische Universität München. After his studies, he joined Nomor Research in Munich as a R&D engineer where he  worked on QoSAware Radio Resource  Management algorithms in LTE-Advanced relaying and LTE Protocol Stack development. In 2012, he joined the Fraunhofer Institute for Embedded Systems and Communication Technologies ESK in Munich where he performed research, simulation and prototyping of car-to-car communications over adhoc-plus-infrastructure networks. Since Janurary 2016 he is pursuing his PhD in the Vodafone Chair Mobile Communication Systems at Technische Universität Dresden. His current research focuses on Medium Channel Aspects and Radio Resource Allocation for 5G communications under heterogeneous QoS constraints.

Ahmad Nimr, Technical University Dresden

Ahmad Nimr received his diploma in Communication Engineering from HIAST, Syria in 2004. Afterwards, he worked as a software and hardware developer from 2005 to 2011. Then, he perused a master of science in Communications and Signal Processing and obtained his M.Sc degree in 2014 from TU Ilmenau. His research at TU Ilmenau focused on tensor based signal  processing. In addition, he contributed to the FP7 project EMPhAtiC. Since October 2015, he has been a member of Vodafone Chair Mobile Communication Systems, TU Dresden. He is currently carrying out research in lowlatency multiple access and resources allocation techniques for 5G networks.

Maximilian Matthé, Technical University Dresden

Maximilian Matthé received his Dipl.-Ing degree in Electrical Engineering from TU Dresden in 2013. During his studies he focused on mobile communication systems and communication theory. He performed his internship at National Instruments Dresden and worked on the design and implementation of a measurement site for LTE test UEs. In his Diploma Thesis he concentrated on waveform design for flexible multicarrier transmission systems. Since 2013 he is pursuing his PhD in the Vodafone Chair Mobile Communication Systems at Technical University Dresden. Maximilian’s research focuses on the design and evaluation of MIMO architectures for future cellular networks.

Dan Zhang, Technical University Dresden

Dan Zhang received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Zhejiang University, China in 2004, and both the M.Sc. and the Dr.-Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany in 2007 and 2013, respectively. Her research interests are in the area of statistical signal processing, communication theory and optimization theory. During her PhD studies, she focused on iterative receiver designs. Since September 2014 she works as a post-doc researcher at Vodafone Chair Mobile Communications Systems at Technical University Dresden. She has worked on various national and international research projects with publication in journals, conference proceedings and workshops. Her current research focus is on the transceiver design of multicarrier waveforms with the objective of providing a new air interface for 5G networks.

Luciano Leonel Mendes, Instituto Nacional de Telecomunicações - Inatel

Luciano Leonel Mendes received the BSc. and MSc. in electrical engineering from Inatel, Brazil in 2001 and 2003, respectively. In 2007 he received the Doctor in electrical engineering degree from Unicamp, Brazil. Since 2001 he is a professor at Inatel, Brazil, where he has acted as technical manager of the hardware development laboratory from 2006 to 2012. He has coordinated the Master Program at Inatel and several research projects funded by FAPEMIG, FINEP and BNDES. He was a post-doc visiting researcher, sponsored by CNPq-Brasil, at Vodafone Chair Mobile Communications Systems at the Technical University Dresden from 2013 until 2015. His main area of research is wireless communication and currently he is working on multicarrier modulations for 5G networks and future mobile communications systems.

Gerhard Fettweis, Technical University Dresden

Gerhard P. Fettweis earned his Ph.D. under H. Meyr’s supervision from RWTH Aachen in 1990. After one year at IBM Research in San Jose, CA, he moved to TCSI Inc., Berkeley, CA. Since 1994 he is Vodafone Chair Professor at TU Dresden, Germany, with 20 companies from Asia/Europe/US sponsoring his research on wireless transmission and chip design. He coordinates the 5G Lab Germany, and 2 German Science Foundation (DFG) centers at TU Dresden, namely cfaed and HAEC. Gerhard is IEEE Fellow, member of the German Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina), the German Academy of Engineering (acatech), and received multiple IEEE recognitions as well has the VDE ring of honor. In Dresden his team has spunout sixteen start-ups, and setup funded projects in volume of close to EUR 1/2 billion. He co-chairs the IEEE 5G Initiative, and has helped organizing IEEE conferences, most notably as TPC Chair of ICC 2009 and of TTM 2012, and as General Chair of VTC Spring 2013 and DATE 2014.

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