Deep soft interference cancellation for MIMO detection

Nir Shlezinger, Rong Fu, Yonina C. Eldar

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Accurate symbol detection in multiuser multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) setups, where multiple symbols are simultaneously transmitted, is a challenging task. A family of algorithms capable of reliably recovering multiple symbols is based on interference cancellation. However, these methods assume that the channel is linear, a model which does not reflect many relevant channels, as well as require accurate channel state information (CSI), which may not be available. In this work we propose a multiuser MIMO receiver which learns to jointly detect in a data-driven fashion, without assuming a specific channel model or requiring CSI. In particular, we propose a data-driven implementation of the iterative soft interference cancellation (SIC) algorithm. The resulting detector, referred to as DeepSIC, is based on integrating dedicated machine-learning (ML) methods into the iterative SIC scheme, and learns to carry out joint detection from a limited set of training samples without requiring the channel to be linear and its parameters to be known. Our numerical evaluations demonstrate that for linear channels with full CSI, DeepSIC approaches the performance of iterative SIC, which is comparable to the optimal performance, while being notably more robust to CSI uncertainty. Finally, we show that DeepSIC accurately detects symbols in non-linear channels, where conventional iterative SIC fails even when accurate CSI is available.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2020 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781509066315
StatePublished - 1 May 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event2020 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2020 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 4 May 20208 May 2020

Publication series

NameICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1520-6149


Conference2020 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2020


  • Deep learning
  • Interference cancellation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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