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All-in-One: VQ-VAE for End-to-End Joint Source-Channel Coding
  • Mahyar Nemati ,
  • Jinho Choi ,
  • Jihong Park
Mahyar Nemati
Deakin University

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Abstract

Vector Quantized Variational Autoencoder (VQ-VAE) has been regarded as a promising representation of diverse and complex data distributions in deep learning ecosystem. However, its use in a systematic way leveraging existing wireless communications has not been well addressed. In this paper, we explore the VQ-VAE characteristics in a point-to-point wireless communication and modify its training process to design a joint source-channel coding that is robust against noisy wireless channels. With all due respect to the source-channel separation theorem, various factors prevent error-free transmissions of conventional coding schemes in reality. Likewise, the proposed model is not error-free, but it compromises the reliability and complexity of the system. Thus, the proposed model makes the physical/link layer lighter while preserving reliability. It is considered an alternative for further data compression compared to the conventional separated source-channel coding schemes. Our system has been evaluated with extensive simulations, providing insightful observations and findings.
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