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Application of Artificial Intelligence to Wireless Communications

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198 pages

This study discusses the use of artificial intelligence to develop a cognitive radio, which is a wireless communications device with the capacity to sense the environment and decide how to use available resources.


This dissertation provides the theory, design, and implementation of a cognitive engine, the enabling technology of cognitive radio. The results of this work include the analysis of cognitive radio design and implementation and the functional cognitive engine that is shown to work in both simulation and on-line experiments. Throughout, examples and explanations of building and interfacing cognitive components to the cognitive engine enable the use and extension of the cognitive engine for future work. A cognitive radio is a wireless communications device capable of sensing the environment and making decisions on how to use the available radio resources to enable communications with a certain quality of service. The cognitive engine presented here provides a general framework to build and test cognitive engine algorithms and components. The dissertation includes discussions of both theory and implementation of the cognitive engine. The need for and implementation of all of the cognitive components is strongly featured as well as the specific issues related to the development of algorithms for cognitive radio behavior. The discussion of the theory focuses largely on developing the optimization space to design waveforms for particular quality of service needs under given environmental conditions. The analysis develops the problem into a multi-objective optimization process to optimize and trade-off of services between objectives that measure performance, such as bit error rate, data rate, and power consumption. The discussion of the multi-objective optimization provides the foundation for the analysis of radio systems in this respect, and through this, methods and considerations for future developments. The theoretical work also investigates the use of learning to enhance the cognitive engine's capabilities through feed-back, learning, and knowledge representation. (Published Abstract Provided)

Date Published: January 1, 2007