A quarterly newsletter focusing on various aspects of the ISAC technology

Issue IV : ISAC For Mobile Networks [PDF]

In this issue, we feature the following sections: four technical articles from leading authors Fuwang Dong, Bo Chang, Pan Cao, and Liang Liu; industrial activities in 3GPP working item and 802.11bf; and general news on events, funding information, and open positions.


Technical Articles

  • Sensing as a Service: ISAC Resource Allocation in 6G Perceptive Networks

Fuwang Dong and Fan Liu, Southern University of Science and Technology, China

In the upcoming 6G perceptive networks, where the cellular system is equipped with the networked sensing capability, sensing as a service will play a more important role than ever before. In this article, we commence by defining the concept of sensing quality of service (QoS) in terms of diverse applications, followed by a unified framework for Integrated Sensing and Communications (ISAC) resource allocation. The system efficiency can be improved by flexibly allocating the limited power and bandwidth resources according to both sensing and communication (S&C) QoSs. Furthermore, we also discuss the performance trade-off between S&C services in different resource allocation schemes. Read more

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  • Integrated Scheduling of Sensing, Communication, and Control for mmWave/THz Communications in Cellular Connected UAV Networks

Bo Chang, Wei Tang, Xiaoyu Yan, Xin Tong, and Zhi Chen, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), China

By providing ultra-high transmission data rate, millimeter wave (mmWave) and terahertz (THz) communications are promising to enable backhaul data transmission in cellular connected unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) networks. With the usage of high frequency (i.e., mmWave/THz), radio/radar sensing function is expected to be achieved in wireless networks, which can be used to track UAV for beam tracking in mmWave/THz communications and motion control of UAV. In this context, we propose a new integrated scheduling method of sensing, communication, and control for mmWave/THz communications in UAV networks to enable data transmission of the backhaul from UAV to the ground base station (BS). We provide a new definition from motion control perspective, i.e., state-tonoise- ratio, which links the relationship between sensing-control pattern activation and data rate determined by beam alignment in mmWave/THz communications. A closed-form expression is obtained for data rate triggered sensing-control pattern activation design, where both data rate requirement in mmWave/THz communications and motion control performance of UAV are guaranteed. Read more

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  • Integration of Radar Imaging and Mobile Communication  

Pan Cao, University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom 

Rethinking the role of cellular mobile communication networks, we desire to add a “vision-like” functionality to the widely existing outdoor cellular base stations (CBSs) by integration of radar imaging and mobile communication (IIAC) technology through sharing the existing telecom infrastructure and spectrum. It is the first time to study systematically cellular base station imaging (CBS-imaging) for flying target detection. Firstly, we provide the  concept, transmission signalling and systematic operation mechanism of CBS-imaging. Secondly, the feasibility study is conducted to support the idea of CBS-imaging. Finally, numerical simulation evaluates the imaging performance of three typical types of CBSs operating at 900 MHz, 3.5 GHz and 28 GHz, respectively, which implies that CBS-imaging works for UAV detection! Read more

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  • Networked Sensing over Cellular Systems  

Liang Liu and Shuowen Zhang, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China

Recently, there is growing interests from both academia and industry in integrated sensing and communication (ISAC). In this article, we introduce the possibility to utilize the cellular network as a platform to realize ISAC, where the communication signals are exploited to sense the environment as well. Particularly, we will advocate a networked sensing architecture, under which the base stations (BSs) can cooperatively estimate the locations/velocities of the objects based on the echo signals reflected by them. Read more

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ISAC-Focus Editorial Team



Prof. Andrew Zhang, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Editor-in-Chief Assistant

Dr. Kai Wu, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Editors for Video Interview

Prof. Nuria Gonzalez Prelcic, North Carolina State University,  USA

Prof. Jonathan Manton, University of Melbourne, Australia

Editors for Technical Articles

  • Dr. Le Zheng, APTIV, USA
  • Dr. Xinping Yi, the University of Liverpool, UK
  • Dr. Padmanava Sen, Barkhausen Institute, Dresden, Germany
  • Dr. Zhongxiang Wei, Tongji University, China
  • Prof. Shashikant Patil, Shirpur Campus, India
  • Dr. Munyaradzi Munochiveyi, the University of Zimbabwe/Asia University, Taiwan

Editors for Industrial Activities and Standardization Progress

Dr. Fei Gao, Bell Labs, China

Dr. Pu (Perry) Wang, Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL), USA

Editor for ISAC Events and Others

Dr. Yuanhao Cui, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications





Past Issue

ISAC For Vehicular Networks

ISAC For WIFI Networks

Radar Centric ISAC