Communication-Driven Localization And Mapping For Millimeter Wave Networks

Joan Palacios IMDEA Networks Institute, Spain
Guillermo Bielsa IMDEA Networks Institute & Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
Paolo Casari IMDEA Networks Institute, Spain
Joerg Widmer IMDEA Networks Institute, Spain


Millimeter wave (mmWave) communications are an essential component of 5G-and-beyond ultra-dense Gbit/s wireless networks, but also pose significant challenges related to the communication environment. Especially beam-training and tracking, device association, and fast handovers for highly directional mmWave links may potentially incur a high overhead. At the same time, such mechanisms would benefit greatly from accurate knowledge about the environment and device locations that can be provided through simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) algorithms. In this paper we tackle the above issues by proposing CLAM, a distributed mmWave SLAM algorithm that works with no initial information about the network deployment or the environment, and achieves low computational complexity thanks to a fundamental reformulation of the angle-differences-of-arrival mmWave anchor location estimation problem. All information required by CLAM is collected by a mmWave device thanks to beam training and tracking mechanisms inherent to mmWave networks, at no additional overhead. Our results show that CLAM achieves sub-meter accuracy in the great majority of cases. These results are validated via an extensive experimental measurement campaign carried out with 60-GHz mmWave hardware.

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