Significance-test based blind detection for 5G

He Sun, Emanuele Viterbo, Rongke Liu

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The internet of vehicles needs mobile communication systems for efficient communications. On the physical downlink control channel (PDCCH) of 5G, blind detection is performed to identify the downlink control information (DCI). Due to the uncertainty of DCI formats and PDCCH formats, the existing two-stage blind detection schemes separately decode every PDCCH code block under different DCI formats, leading to a high decoding complexity in the first stage. To reduce the detection complexity, this paper proposes an efficient DCI detection method, where a significance-test strategy is designed to detect the DCI formats. The significance-test strategy can forecast the DCI lengths without separately decoding the whole codeword, thus reducing the decoding complexity by several times. Moreover, the accuracy of the DCI detection is analyzed, with which the test scope of the test statistic is optimized for minimizing the decoding complexity on condition of meeting the detection accuracy requirements. Simulation results show that the proposed method significantly reduces the decoding complexity relatively to the existing two-stage detection schemes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7957-7962
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022


  • 5G
  • 5G mobile communication
  • Blind detection
  • Codes
  • Complexity theory
  • Decoding
  • Detectors
  • Downlink
  • Polar codes
  • significance test

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