Special Issue "Cognitive Radio: Use the Spectrum in a More Efficient Way"


A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2014

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Sanqing Hu
Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ 07030, USA
E-Mail: shu1@stevens.edu
Interests: cognitive radio; MAC protocols; cellular networks; machine learning

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Lian Zhao
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria St., Toronto, Canada M5B 2K3
Website: http://www.ee.ryerson.ca/~lzhao/
E-Mail: lzhao@ee.ryerson.ca
Phone: (416) 979-5000 Ext. 6101, Fax: (416) 979-5280
Interests: wireless communications, radio resource management for complicated systems; cooperative and cognitive systems; green communication and smart grid technologies; cross-layer resource optimization

Guest Editor
Dr. Nazanin Rahnavard
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA
Website: http://eecs.ucf.edu/~nazanin/
E-Mail: nazanin@eecs.ucf.edu
Interests: cognitive radio networks; wireless ad-hoc and sensor networks; compressive sensing: new designs and applications; modern channel coding techniques and their applications

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The emergence and development of new wireless communication systems leads to a significant increase in the demand for radio resources, resulting in a spectrum shortage. Meanwhile, according to the Federal Communications Commission records, a large portion of the spectrum resources allocated to licensed network users are underutilized. Cognitive radio (CR) is a promising technology to mitigate the spectrum scarcity issue because it helps wireless communication systems to utilize the spectrum in a dynamic and more efficient way. In the CR paradigm, cognitive radio users are allowed to access the frequency bands that have been allocated to licensed network users but are not used at a particular time. Therefore, the cognitive radio users should have the ability to locate and utilize the unused frequency bands, and meanwhile be aware of the existence of the licensed users when they are occupying the spectrum. Currently, there are still a lot of technical as well as economic challenges that need to be addressed before the full deployment of cognitive radio.

This Special Issue is intended to present novel and high-quality research papers and reviews in the field of cognitive radio.

Dr. Sanqing Hu
Dr. Lian Zhao
Dr. Nazanin Rahnavard
Guest Editors


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  • spectrum sensing and measurements
  • medium access control design for cognitive radio networks
  • physical layer design of cognitive radio networks
  • artificial intelligence and machine learning for cognitive radio networks
  • MIMO, OFDM in cognitive radio
  • resource allocation,¬†game theory in cognitive radio
  • dynamic spectrum access
  • cognitive radio in cellular networks
  • spectrum sharing, mobility management, QoS
  • cross-layer design for cognitive radio networks
  • cognitive radio network security
  • DSP for cognitive radio
  • standards and testbed
  • compressive sensing for cognitive radio networks

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Electronics 2014, 3(3), 553-563; doi:10.3390/electronics3030553
Received: 27 May 2014; in revised form: 3 September 2014 / Accepted: 12 September 2014 / Published: 23 September 2014
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Electronics 2014, 3(3), 538-552; doi:10.3390/electronics3030538
Received: 15 May 2014; in revised form: 12 August 2014 / Accepted: 12 August 2014 / Published: 12 September 2014
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Electronics 2014, 3(3), 419-443; doi:10.3390/electronics3030419
Received: 17 May 2014; in revised form: 2 July 2014 / Accepted: 4 July 2014 / Published: 17 July 2014
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Type of Paper: Article
Efficient Optimal Power Allocation using H-infinity Method for OFDM Cognitive Radio Networks
Peter He and Lian Zhao
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ryerson University, Ontario, Canada, M5B 2K3
This paper considers an OFDM cognitive radio (CR) network, in which the unlicensed (secondary) users (SUs) are allowed to concurrently access the spectrum allocated to the licensed (primary) users provided that their interference to the primary users (PUs) satisfies certain constraints. To achieve fair radio resource allocation, the advanced H-infinity optimization method is used. The objective of the target problem is to minimize the H-infinity norm of the rate vector through the optimization of power allocation of the SUs. Novel algorithm with water-filling and its convergence proof are presented to obtain optimal solutions. Numerical results are presented to verify the efficiency of the proposed algorithm.

Last update: 17 July 2014

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