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Evolutionary Optimization of Residual Neural Network Architectures for Modulation Classification

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posted on 10.05.2021, 12:45 by Erma Perenda, Sreeraj Rajendran, Gerome Bovet, Sofie Pollin, Mariya Zheleva
Automatic Modulation Classification (AMC) receives significant interest in the context of current and future wireless communication systems. Deep learning emerged as a powerful AMC tool, as it allows for the joint learning of discriminative features, and signal classification. However, the optimization of Deep Neural Network (DNN) architectures for AMC is a manual and time-consuming process that requires profound domain knowledge and much effort. Moreover, most proposed solutions focus mainly on classification accuracy, while optimization of network complexity is neglected. In this paper, we propose a novel bi-objective memetic algorithm, BO-NSMA, to search optimal DNN architectures for AMC to maximize classification accuracy and minimize network complexity. We show that BO-NSMA, with a small initial population of six individuals and only ten generations, finds a DNN architecture that outperforms all human-crafted State-of-the-Art (SoA) models. BO-NSMA discovered the first low-complexity Convolutional Neural Network (CNN)-based model, which achieves slightly better performance than costly Recurrent Neural Network (RNN)-based approaches, allowing a 2.8-fold reduction in network complexity with 0.7% performance improvement. Compared to its counterparts from Network Architecture Search (NAS), BO-NSMA finds the best architecture, which achieves up to 18.24% accuracy gain and up to a 78.71-fold reduction in network complexity.


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