Collaborative computation offloading at UAV-enhanced edge

Jingyu Xiong, Hongzhi Guo, Jiajia Liu, Nei Kato, Yanning Zhang

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In conventional terrestrial cellular networks, mobile devices at the cell edge often suffer from poor channel conditions, and thus unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are introduced in recent years to improve the reliability of communication links. However, with the rapid development of Internet of Things (IoT) technology, the emerging IoT applications have blooming demands for high computation capacity from the resource-constrained IoT mobile devices (IMDs), motivated by which, mobile edge computing has been envisioned as an appealing solution to the resource bottleneck problem of IMDs. In order to cope with poor communication performance and high computation demands of cell-edge IMDs, we in this paper leverage UAV-aided edge computing to collaboratively assist computation offloading, taking account of the limited battery life of both IMDs and the UAV. We investigate a joint optimization problem of collaborative computation offloading, bandwidth portion, bit allocation, and UAV trajectory design, aiming to minimize the weighted energy consumption of IMDs and the UAV. Extensive numerical results validate the necessity of introducing UAV-aided edge computing to cellular networks, and the advantages of our proposed scheme on energy savings.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2019 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728109626
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Dec
Event2019 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2019 - Waikoloa, United States
Duration: 2019 Dec 92019 Dec 13

Publication series

Name2019 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2019 - Proceedings


Conference2019 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Information Systems
  • Signal Processing
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Media Technology
  • Health Informatics


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