Distributionally Robust Optimization for Peak Age of Information Minimization in E-Health IoT

Zhuang Ling, Fengye Hu, Hongliang Zhang, Zhu Han, H. Vincent Poor

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In this paper, we consider a real-time E-Health Internet of Things (IoT) system with the uncertainty of channel state information (CSI), in which a wearable device collects radio frequency (RF) energy from a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA), and then transmits healthcare data status updates to the corresponding PDA promptly. The Peak Age of Information (PAoI) is considered as a parameter to measure the freshness of information. Our goal is to minimize the average PAoI under non-convex constraints related to an uncertain CSI mismatch model. Only mean and variance information is specified in the distributional ambiguity set. This distributionally robust optimization problem is transformed into a tractable semi-definite programming (SDP) problem using the Conditional Value-at-Risk (CVaR) based method. To solve this NP-hard problem effectively, we decompose the PAoI minimization problem into two subproblems, and propose a low complexity iterative algorithm to derive a suboptimal solution. Simulation results show an average PAoI-energy tradeoff in the considered healthcare IoT, and the CVaR based method can achieve a better performance than a non-robust method.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationICC 2021 - IEEE International Conference on Communications, Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728171227
StatePublished - Jun 2021
Externally publishedYes
Event2021 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2021 - Virtual, Online, Canada
Duration: Jun 14 2021Jun 23 2021

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Communications
ISSN (Print)1550-3607


Conference2021 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2021
CityVirtual, Online

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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