A Message-passing approach for joint channel estimation, interference mitigation, and decoding

Yan Zhu*, Dongning Guo, Michael L. Honig

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Channel uncertainty and co-channel interference are two major challenges in the design of wireless systems such as future generation cellular networks. This paper studies receiver design for a wireless channel model with both timevarying Rayleigh fading and strong co-channel interference of similar form as the desired signal. It is assumed that the channel coefficients of the desired signal can be estimated through the use of pilots, whereas no pilot for the interference signal is available, as is the case in many practical wireless systems. Because the interference process is non-Gaussian, treating it as Gaussian noise generally often leads to unacceptable performance. In order to exploit the statistics of the interference and correlated fading in time, an iterative message-passing architecture is proposed for joint channel estimation, interference mitigation and decoding. Each message takes the form of a mixture of Gaussian densities where the number of components is limited so that the overall complexity of the receiver is constant per symbol regardless of the frame and code lengths. Simulation of both coded and uncoded systems shows that the receiver performs significantly better than conventional receivers with linear channel estimation, and is robust with respect to mismatch in the assumed fading model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5351719
Pages (from-to)6008-6018
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2009


  • Belief propagation
  • Channel estimation
  • Cochannel interference
  • Correlated rayleigh fading
  • Graphical models
  • Interference mitigation
  • Message passing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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