Fusion-Based Multi-User Semantic Communications for Wireless Image Transmission over Degraded Broadcast Channels

by   Tong Wu, et al.
Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Degraded broadcast channels (DBC) are a typical multi-user communications scenario. There exist classic transmission methods, such as superposition coding with successive interference cancellation, to achieve the DBC capacity region. However, semantic communications method over DBC remains lack of in-depth research. To address this, we design a fusion-based multi-user semantic communications system for wireless image transmission over DBC in this paper. The proposed architecture supports a transmitter extracting semantic features for two users separately, and learns to dynamically fuse these semantic features into a joint latent representation for broadcasting. The key here is to design a flexible image semantic fusion (FISF) module to fuse the semantic features of two users, and to use a multi-layer perceptron (MLP) based neural network to adjust the weights of different user semantic features for flexible adaptability to different users channels. Experiments present the semantic performance region based on the peak signal-to-noise ratio (PSNR) of both users, and show that the proposed system dominates the traditional methods.


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