Toward fair maximization of energy efficiency in multiple UAS-Aided networks: A game-Theoretic methodology

Ahmed E.A.A. Abdulla, Zubair Md Fadlullah, Hiroki Nishiyama, Nei Kato, Fumie Ono, Ryu Miura

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Recent technological advances in electronics, sensors, and communications have accelerated the widespread deployment of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)-Aided applications. Nevertheless, networks composed of multiple UAS and ground stations, referred to as UAS-Aided communications networks, have yet to receive sufficient research attention. In this paper, we address a fundamental research challenge stunting such networks, which is how to fairly maximize the energy efficiency (throughput per energy) in networks comprising adaptive modulation-capable ground nodes. For the mobility pattern intrinsic to the UASs, we demonstrate how adaptive modulation is affected. Furthermore, we formulate the problem of maximizing fair energy efficiency as a potential game that is played between the multiple ground nodes and substantiate its stability, optimality, and convergence. Based on the formulated potential game, a data collection method is proposed to maximize the energy efficiency with a fairness constraint. Additionally, we analyze the Price of Anarchy of our proposed game-Theoretic data collection method. Extensive simulations exhibit the effectiveness of our proposal under varying environments.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6867394
Pages (from-to)305-316
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1


  • adaptive modulation
  • energy efficiency
  • fairness
  • game theory
  • throughput per energy
  • Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)-Aided networks
  • wireless network optimization


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