Deep-Learning-Assisted Configuration of Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces in Dynamic Rich-Scattering Environments

Kyriakos Stylianopoulos, Nir Shlezinger, Philipp Del Hougne, George C. Alexandropoulos

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The integration of Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces (RISs) into wireless environments endows channels with programmability, and is expected to play a key role in future communication standards. To date, most RIS-related efforts focus on quasi-free-space, where wireless channels are typically modeled analytically. Many realistic communication scenarios occur, however, in rich-scattering environments which, moreover, evolve dynamically. These conditions present a tremendous challenge in identifying an RIS configuration that optimizes the achievable communication rate. In this paper, we make a first step toward tackling this challenge. Based on a simulator that is faithful to the underlying wave physics, we train a deep neural network as surrogate forward model to capture the stochastic dependence of wireless channels on the RIS configuration under dynamic rich-scattering conditions. Subsequently, we use this model in combination with a genetic algorithm to identify RIS configurations optimizing the communication rate. We numerically demonstrate the ability of the proposed approach to tune RISs to improve the achievable rate in rich-scattering setups.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICASSP 2022 - 2022 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP)
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2022


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