Jamming Resilient Communication Using MIMO Interference Cancellation

Qiben Yan, Huacheng Zeng, Tingting Jiang, Ming Li, Wenjing Lou, Y. Thomas Hou

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Jamming attack is a serious threat to the wireless communications. Reactive jamming maximizes the attack efficiency by jamming only when the targets are communicating, which can be readily implemented using software-defined radios. In this paper, we explore the use of the multi-input multi-output (MIMO) technology to achieve jamming resilient orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) communication. In particular, MIMO interference cancellation treats jamming signals as noise and strategically cancels them out, while transmit precoding adjusts the signal directions to optimize the decoding performance. We first investigate the reactive jamming strategies and their impacts on the MIMO-OFDM receivers. We then present a MIMO-based anti-jamming scheme that exploits MIMO interference cancellation and transmit precoding technologies to turn a jammed non-connectivity scenario into an operational network. We implement our jamming resilient communication scheme using software-defined radios. Our testbed evaluation shows the destructive power of reactive jamming attack, and also validates the efficacy and efficiency of our defense mechanisms in the presence of numerous types of reactive jammers with different jamming signal powers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7422100
Pages (from-to)1486-1499
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • interference cancellation
  • MIMO
  • Reactive jamming
  • software defined radio
  • transmit precoding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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