Sum-Rate Maximization for Multiuser MIMO Wireless Powered Communication Networks

Hoon Lee, Kyoung Jae Lee, Han Bae Kong, Inkyu Lee

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This paper investigates multiuser multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) wireless powered communication networks where a multiantenna hybrid access point (H-AP) transfers wireless energy to multiantenna users in a downlink phase, and the users utilize the harvested energy for their information transmission to the H-AP in an uplink phase. By employing space-division multiple-access techniques, we propose an optimal algorithm that jointly computes the downlink energy precoding matrices, the uplink information precoding matrices, and time allocation between the downlink and the uplink phases for maximizing the uplink sum-rate performance. To this end, we first obtain the optimal energy and information transmit covariance matrices with given time allocation. Then, the optimal time allocation can be efficiently identified by a simple line search method. Simulation results verify that the proposed joint optimal algorithm significantly improves the average sum-rate performance, compared with a conventional scheme that determines time allocation and precoding matrices separately.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7374746
Pages (from-to)9420-9424
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Nov

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Korean Government [Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning (MSIP)] under Grant 2014R1A2A1A10049769. The work of K.-J. Lee was supported by the NRF funded by the MSIP through the Basic Science Research Program under Grant NRF-2013R1A1A1060503.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 IEEE.


  • Multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) systems
  • wireless energy transfer (WET)
  • wireless powered communication networks (WPCNs)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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