Deep Neural Network Architectures for Modulation Classification

Xiaoyu Liu, Diyu Yang, Aly El Gamal

Feb 12, 2018 (modified: Feb 12, 2018) ICLR 2018 Workshop Submission readers: everyone
  • Abstract: In this work, we investigate the value of employing statistical machine learning in general and deep learning in particular for the task of wireless signal modulation recognition. Recently, a framework has been introduced by generating a dataset using GNU radio that mimics the imperfections in a real wireless channel, and uses 10 different modulation types. We use the same framework and find deep neural network architectures that deliver higher accuracy than the state of the art. We tested the state of the art architecture and found it to achieve an accuracy of approximately 75% of correctly recognizing the modulation type. We first tune the CNN architecture and find a design with four convolutional layers and two dense layers that gives an accuracy of approximately 83.8% at high SNR. We then develop architectures based on the recently introduced ideas of Residual Networks (ResNet) and Densely Connected Networks (DenseNet) to achieve high SNR accuracies of approximately 83.5% and 86.6%, respectively. Finally, we introduce a Convolutional Long Short-term Deep Neural Network (CLDNN) to achieve an accuracy of approximately 88.5% at high SNR. We then focus on the modulation types of QAM16 and QAM64 that were not well learned by neural networks and explore different statistical machine learning methods using expert features to classify them. We achieve an accuracy of 72% in classifying QAM16 and QAM64 signals at high SNR using the combination of time and a high-order cumulant as expert feature.
  • Keywords: Modulation Recognition, Deep Learning, CLDNN, DenseNet, SVM, Cumulant Feature