Filter bank modulation

Filter bank modulation schemes for transmission over wide band channels are becoming the choice for current and future wireless and wireline systems. OFDM is the most popular technique. It has been adopted in WPAN standards (WiMedia MB-UWB), in WLAN standards (IEEE 802.11x), in Wireless Access standards (WiMax), in copper pair access (xDSL), in power line communication systems (Home Plug). Other less popular solutions comprise Filtered Multitone (FMT) modulation, Offset/QAM OFDM, Cosine Modulated Filter Banks, Wavelet OFDM, Cyclic Block FMT. They can be viewed as a generalized OFDM scheme.

Compared to OFDM these other architectures provide better sub-channel spectral containement which translates in higher spectral efficiency in severe propagation conditions that comprise high frequency selectivity, time selectivity, non ideal time/frequency synchronization, narrow band interference, phase noise, amplifier non-linearity etc. However, perfomance gains come not for free, such that increased implementaion complexity has to be tolerated. In other words, OFDM has its limitations, but it is an elegant and simple solution. This is why it is important to devise efficient implementations.

In our lab we are developing novel breakthrough filter bank technologies that captures the best charactersitics of the known filter bank solutions but in a radical new architetural philosophy. They exhibit high performance in nasty channels, yet requiring an efficient low complexity implementation. Targeted applications are wireless wireline and power line communications. Examples of our proposed solutions are the DFT filter bank implementation of FMT, concatenated OFDM-FMT, Wavelet OFDM, Hybrid Filter Bank, Cyclic Filter Bank Modulation.

Some milestone contributions
  • Analysis of OFDMA in wireless uplink channels
  • Multiuser filter bank systems
  • Optimal and suboptimal detection/decoding in multiuser filter bank schemes
  • Analysis and design of FMT in double selective fading channels
  • Efficient implementation architectures of FMT
  • Multiantenna FMT and OFDM
  • Concatenated OFDM and FMT scheme
  • Synchronization, channel estimation and equalization in FMT systems
  • Orthogonal FMT design
  • Wavelet OFDM
  • Application of FMT in power line communications
  • Precoded polynomial SVD filter banks
  • Adaptive OFDM and FMT
  • Hybrid OFDM and filter bank modulation
  • Cyclic block FMT


Invited Talk ISWCS 2013

What’s next, and why, on filter Bank Modulation? from concatenated FMT to cyclic block FMT

RAENG Distinguished Lecture 2010

Spectrally efficient filter bank architectures

CISM Lecture 2004

Transmission techniques for wireless channels