Knowledge Transfer and Reuse: A Case Study of AI-enabled Resource Management in RAN Slicing

Hao Zhou, Melike Erol-Kantarci, Vincent Poor

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An efficient resource management scheme is critical to enable network slicing in 5G networks and in envisioned 6G networks, and artificial intelligence (AI) techniques offer promising solutions. Considering the rapidly emerging new machine learning techniques, such as graph learning, federated learning, and transfer learning, a timely survey is needed to provide an overview of resource management and network slicing techniques of AI-enabled wireless networks. This article provides such a survey along with an application of knowledge transfer in radio access network (RAN) slicing. In particular, we first provide some background on resource management and network slicing, and review relevant state-of-the-art AI and machine learning (ML) techniques and their applications. Then, we introduce our AI-enabled knowledge transfer and reuse-based resource management (AKRM) scheme, where we apply transfer learning to improve system performance. Compared with most existing works, which focus on the training of standalone agents from scratch, the main difference of AKRM lies in its knowledge transfer and reuse capability between different tasks. Our paper aims to be a roadmap for researchers to use knowledge transfer schemes in AI-enabled wireless networks, and we provide a case study over the resource allocation problem in RAN slicing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Wireless Communications
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • 5G mobile communication
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Network slicing
  • Resource management
  • Task analysis
  • Training


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