MetaSense: Boosting RF Sensing Accuracy using Dynamic Metasurface Antenna

Guohao Lan, Mohammadreza F. Imani, Zida Liu, Jose Manjarres, Wenjun Hu, Andrew S. Lan, David R. Smith, Maria Gorlatova

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Conventional radio frequency (RF) sensing systems rely on either frequency diversity or spatial diversity to ensure high sensing accuracy. Such reliance introduces several practical limitations that hinder the pervasive deployment of existing solutions. To circumvent this prevalent reliance, we present MetaSense, a system that leverages antenna pattern diversity for fine-grained RF sensing. MetaSense incorporates the Dynamic Metasurface Antenna (DMA) and the auxiliary-assisted ensemble multi-mask learning framework (AEMML) in its design. The DMA is a novel type of antenna that can provide a diverse set of uncorrelated radiation patterns in a low-cost and low-complexity manner. The AEMML is a quality-aware learning framework that can dynamically assess and aggregate the heterogeneous channel measurements from different antenna patterns to ensure high sensing accuracy. It also incorporates a transfer learning model that allows it to generalize to new sensing conditions with few training instances required. We prototype MetaSense and demonstrate its effectiveness on a writing motion recognition task using a custom-designed two-dimensional DMA. The results show that MetaSense achieves 92% to 98% accuracy in classifying ten miniature writing motions, outperforming a non-tunable antenna by 20% in all scenarios. Moreover, when deployed in new sensing positions where limited training instances are available, MetaSense requires as few as five training instances per class to achieve over 90% accuracy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalIEEE Internet of Things Journal
StateAccepted/In press - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Ensemble learning.
  • Metamaterials
  • Metasurface
  • Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces
  • Wireless Sensing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Information Systems
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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