Monday, February 10, 2020 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
Linus Pauling Science Center 125

Speaker Information

Martin Haardt
Communications Research Laboratory
Ilmenau University of Technology


In this talk, we present a gridless channel estimation scheme for MIMO OFDM systems in the millimeter wave (mmWave) band that is based on R-D Unitary Tensor-ESPRIT in DFT beamspace. Compared to conventional ESPRIT based algorithms in element space, the beamspace approach can be applied to MIMO systems with hybrid architectures. Moreover, the proposed scheme significantly reduces the training overhead for communication systems operating in the mmWave band. The proposed procedure involves coarse and fine estimation steps.

During the coarse estimation step, Unitary Tensor-ESPRIT in element space is applied to the array with a reduced size aperture to obtain initial information about the directions of arrival, the directions of departure, and the propagation delays of the dominant multipath components. Based on these estimates, a more accurate estimation of the angular profiles, propagation delays, and channel gains is performed in a second step by applying 3-D Unitary Tensor-ESPRIT in DFT beamspace in the spatial domains combined with the element space version in the frequency domain. We explain how to combine the received signals from different spatial sectors of interest and how to perform joint processing. The simulation results confirm the tensor gain of the proposed procedure in addition to the improved channel estimation accuracy.

Speaker Bio

Martin Haardt has been a Full Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology and Head of the Communications Research Laboratory at Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany, since 2001.

After studying electrical engineering at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, and at Purdue University, USA, he received his Diplom-Ingenieur (M.S.) degree from the Ruhr-University Bochum in 1991 and his Doktor-Ingenieur (Ph.D.) degree from Munich University of Technology in 1996.

In 1997 he joint Siemens Mobile Networks in Munich, Germany, where he was responsible for strategic research for third generation mobile radio systems. From 1998 to 2001 he was the Director for International Projects and University Cooperations in the mobile infrastructure business of Siemens in Munich, where his work focused on mobile communications beyond the third generation. During his time at Siemens, he also taught in the international Master of Science in Communications Engineering program at Munich University of Technology.

In 2018, Martin Haardt has been named an IEEE Fellow “for contributions to multi-user MIMO communications and tensor-based signal processing.” He has received the 2009 Best Paper Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society, the Vodafone (formerly Mannesmann Mobilfunk) Innovations-Award for outstanding research in mobile communications, the ITG best paper award from the Association of Electrical Engineering, Electronics, and Information Technology (VDE), and the Rohde & Schwarz Outstanding Dissertation Award.

In the fall of 2006 and the fall of 2007 he was a visiting professor at the University of Nice in Sophia-Antipolis, France, and at the University of York, UK, respectively. From 2012 to 2017, he also served as an Honorary Visiting Professor in the Department of Electronics at the University of York, UK, and in 2019 as an Invited Professor at the Université de Lorraine in Nancy, France.

His research interests include wireless communications, array signal processing, high-resolution parameter estimation, as well as numerical linear and multi-linear algebra.

Prof. Haardt has served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing (2002-2006 and 2011-2015), the IEEE Signal Processing Letters (2006-2010), the Research Letters in Signal Processing (2007-2009), the Hindawi Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering (since 2009), the EURASIP Signal Processing Journal (2011-2014), as a senior editor of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing (JSTSP, since 2019), and as a guest editor for the EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking as well as the IEEE JSTSP.

From 2011 to 2019 he was an elected member of the Sensor Array and Multichannel (SAM) technical committee of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, where he served as the Vice Chair (2015 – 2016), Chair (2017 – 2018), and Past Chair (2019). Since 2020, he has been an elected member of the Signal Processing Theory and Methods (SPTM) technical committee of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. Moreover, he has served as the technical co-chair of PIMRC 2005 in Berlin, Germany, ISWCS 2010 in York, UK, the European Wireless 2014 in Barcelona, Spain, as well as the Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers 2018, USA, and as the general co-chair of WSA 2013 in Stuttgart, Germany, ISWCS 2013 in Ilmenau, Germany, CAMSAP 2013 in Saint Martin, French Antilles, WSA 2015 in Ilmenau, SAM 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, CAMSAP 2017 in Curacao, Dutch Antilles, SAM 2020 in Hangzhou, China, and the Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers 2021, USA.