SNN-SC: A Spiking Semantic Communication Framework for Feature Transmission

13 Oct 2022  ·  Mengyang Wang, Jiahui Li, Mengyao Ma, Xiaopeng Fan, Yonghong Tian ·

In Collaborative Intelligence (CI), Artificial Intelligence (AI) models are split between edge devices and cloud. Features extracted from input on edge devices are transmitted to the cloud for subsequent tasks. Extracting task-related and compact information is critical when transmission bandwidth is limited. In this paper, we propose a task-oriented Semantic Communication (SC) framework (SNN-SC) to address this problem. In SC, only important information for downstream tasks is extracted and transmitted. However, most of the existing SC works only transmit analog information on the AWGN channel and cannot be directly used for digital channels. SNN-SC fills this gap by using Spiking Neural Networks (SNNs) to extract and transmit semantic information. Since the outputs of SNNs are binary spikes, SNN-SC can be directly applied to digital channels. In SNN-SC, a new spiking neuron is proposed to help the cloud recover binary semantic information into informative floating-point features. Furthermore, we improve the performance of SNN-SC by maximizing the entropy of the semantic information. We evaluate the performance of SNN-SC on different collaborative classification models, digital channels, and bandwidths. The experimental results show that SNN-SC is more robust than the CNN-based SC framework and separate source and channel coding method on digital channels.

PDF Abstract


Results from the Paper

  Submit results from this paper to get state-of-the-art GitHub badges and help the community compare results to other papers.