Resource Optimization for UAV-assisted Wireless Power Charging Enabled Hybrid Coded Edge Computing Network

Wei Chong Ng, Wei Yang Bryan Lim, Zehui Xiong, Dusit Niyato, H. Vincent Poor, Xuemin Sherman Shen, Chunyan Miao

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With the ubiquitous sensing enabled by the Internet-of-Things (IoT), massive amount of data is generated every second, transforming the way we interact with the world. To manage big data and enable analytics at the edge of the network, large amount of computation power is required to perform the computation intensive tasks. However, the energy-constrained IoT devices are not able to perform the computation tasks without compromising the quality-of-service of the applications. In this paper, we propose a hybrid network in which users can fully offload their computation tasks to edge servers through coded edge offloading or perform local computation with the wireless power transfer derived from coalitions of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) serving as mobile charging stations. To minimize the cost of the network, we consider a two-level optimization approach. At the lower level, an optimal UAV coalition that minimizes the network cost is formed. At the upper level, the computation approach for each user is decided while taking into account the stochastic nature of wireless charging efficiency. Given the interrelation between the two levels, we adopt the backward induction optimization strategy to jointly derive the optimal coalition structure and computation approach for each user. In the performance evaluation, we provide extensive sensitivity analyses to study the performance of the cost minimization approaches amid varying network parameters. Moreover, we show that our approach outperforms deterministic optimization approaches in network cost minimization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalIEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing
StateAccepted/In press - 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Computational modeling
  • Edge computing
  • Encoding
  • Internet of Things
  • Servers
  • Stochastic processes
  • Task analysis
  • Wireless communication
  • coalition
  • coded computation
  • stochastic integer programming
  • unmanned aerial vehicles


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