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Easing the squeeze: dynamic and distributed resource allocation with cognitive radio

Project Leader: Tansu Alpcan
Staff: Subhrakanti Dey
Collaborators: Jamie Evans (Monash University) Hazer Inaltekin (Antalya International University)
Sponsors: ARC
Primary Contact: Tansu Alpcan (
Keywords: communications and networks; wireless communication systems
Disciplines: Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Domains: Networks and data in society

The radio spectrum is a scarce and valuable natural resource which is being squeezed by the rapid growth in wireless communications. Cognitive radios make efficient use of radio spectrum by dynamically reusing frequencies. This requires cognitive radios to sense the local environment and to control the interference caused to existing users of the spectrum. In this project we will design novel dynamic and distributed resource allocation algorithms for cognitive radios in order to significantly improve their performance. We will do so using techniques from extreme value theory, game theory and mechanism design and large random
matrix theory.