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Reconfigurable intelligent surface aided multi-user communications: State-of-the-art techniques and open issues

  • Munochiveyi, Munyaradzi
  • Pogaku, Arjun Chakravarthi
  • Do, Dinh-Thuan
  • Le, Anh-Tu
  • Vozňák, Miroslav
  • Nguyen, Nhan Duc
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2021
[email protected]ŠB-TUO
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Reconfigurable intelligent surface (RIS)-aided communication is considered as an exciting research topic in academic and industrial communities since it provides an emerging affordable solution to achieve high quality and secure next-generation wireless systems. Especially, the deployment of RIS in multi-user wireless networks promises to reduce system hardware costs, signal processing complexity, as well as energy consumption due to small size, lightweight and ability to actively shape the wireless propagation environment. Further, by realizing a cost-effective radio environment, RIS-aided communication can be implemented to be an appealing technology for future integration with other emerging wireless applications and communication systems. Despite the positive appeal, RISs face new challenges that hinder integrating efficiently into wireless networks, such as network secrecy performance and system sum-rates, as well as achieving efficient deployment design in highly dynamic and time-varying wireless environments. To this end, we overview recent state-of-the-art techniques to address the above issues faced in the integration of RISs with various emerging multi-user communication techniques, such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access (NOMA), Millimeter Wave (mmWave) and Terahertz (THz) communications, Physical Layer Security (PLS), massive antennas, and Simultaneous Wireless Information and Power Transfer (SWIPT). Finally, we highlight promising future research directions of RIS-aided communication in Cell-Free Massive Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output (MIMO) systems, Rate-Splitting Multiple Access (RSMA), Light Fidelity (LiFi), and Cognitive Radio (CR) systems. / Web of Science / 9 / 118605 / 118584

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