Learning-Based Approaches for Next-Generation Intelligent Networks

  • Liang Zhang

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


The next-generation (6G) networks promise to provide extended 5G capabilities with enhanced performance at high data rates, low latency, low energy consumption, and rapid adaptation. 6G networks are also expected to support the unprecedented Internet of Everything (IoE) scenarios with highly diverse requirements. With the emerging applications of autonomous driving, virtual reality, and mobile computing, achieving better performance and fulfilling the diverse requirements of 6G networks are becoming increasingly difficult due to the rapid proliferation of wireless data and heterogeneous network structures. In this regard, learning-based algorithms are naturally powerful tools to deal with the numerous data and are expected to impact the evolution of communication networks. This thesis employed learning-based approaches to enhance the performance and fulfill the diverse requirements of the next-generation intelligent networks under various network structures. Specifically, we design the trajectory of the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to provide energy-efficient, high data rate, and fair service for the Internet of things (IoT) networks by employing on/off-policy reinforcement learning (RL). Thereafter, we applied a deep RL-based approach for heterogeneous traffic offloading in the space-air-ground integrated network (SAGIN) to cover the co-existing requirements of ultra-reliable low-latency communication (URLLC) traffic and enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) traffic. Precise traffic prediction can significantly improve the performance of 6G networks in terms of intelligent network operations, such as predictive network configuration control, traffic offloading, and communication resource allocation. Therefore, we investigate the wireless traffic prediction problem in edge networks by applying a federated meta-learning approach. Lastly, we design an importance-oriented clustering-based high quality of service (QoS) system with software-defined networking (SDN) by adopting unsupervised learning.
Date of AwardApr 20 2022
Original languageEnglish (US)
Awarding Institution
  • Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering
SupervisorBasem Shihada (Supervisor)


  • Intelligent Network
  • Machine Learning
  • 6G

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