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Group Buying-based Data Transmission in Flying Ad-hoc Networks: A Coalition Game Approach

Version 1 : Received: 13 September 2018 / Approved: 14 September 2018 / Online: 14 September 2018 (10:41:39 CEST)

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Ruan, L.; Chen, J.; Guo, Q.; Zhang, X.; Zhang, Y.; Liu, D. Group Buying-Based Data Transmission in Flying Ad-Hoc Networks: A Coalition Game Approach. Information 2018, 9, 253. Ruan, L.; Chen, J.; Guo, Q.; Zhang, X.; Zhang, Y.; Liu, D. Group Buying-Based Data Transmission in Flying Ad-Hoc Networks: A Coalition Game Approach. Information 2018, 9, 253.

Journal reference: Information 2018, 9, 253
DOI: 10.3390/info9100253

Abstract

In scenarios such as natural disasters and military strike, it is common for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to form groups to execute reconnaissance and surveillance. To ensure the effectiveness of UAV communications, repeated resource acquisition issues and transmission mechanism design need to be addressed urgently. In this paper, we build an information interaction scenario in a Flying Ad-hoc network (FANET). The data transmission problem with the goal of throughput maximization is modeled as a coalition game framework. Then, a novel mechanism of coalition selection and data transmission based on group-buying is investigated. Since large-scale UAVs will generate high transmission overhead due to the overlapping resource requirements, we propose a resource allocation optimization method based on distributed data content. Comparing existing works, a data transmission and coalition formation mechanism is designed. Then the system model is classified into graph game and coalition formation game. Through the design of the utility function, we prove that both games have stable solutions. We also prove the convergence of the proposed approach with coalition order and Pareto order. Binary log-linear learning based coalition selection algorithm (BLL-CSA) is proposed to explore the stable coalition partition of system model. Simulation results show that the proposed data transmission and coalition formation mechanism can achieve higher data throughput than the other contrast algorithms.

Subject Areas

unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV); data transmission; resource allocation; coalition graph game; coalition formation game; stable coalition partition; Nash equilibrium

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