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Accurate and efficient analysis of wireless digital communication systems in multiuser and multipath fading environments

Testimonies of “wireless catching up with wireline” have begun. However, the nonstationary and hostile nature of the wireless channel impose the greatest threat to reliable data transmission over wireless links. The performance of a digital modulation scheme is degraded by many transmission impairments including fading, delay spread, co-channel interference and noise. Two powerful techniques for improving the quality of service over the wireless network are investigated: diversity reception and adaptive error control schemes. Owing to the growing interest in wireless communications, the importance of exact theoretical analysis of such systems cannot be understated. In light of these considerations, this dissertation focuses on accurate and efficient analysis of wireless digital communication systems in multiuser and multipath fading environments.

The evaluation of error probabilities in digital communication systems is often amenable to calculating a generic error probability of the form Pr {X ≤ 0}, where X is a random variable whose probability distribution is known. We advocate a simple numerical approach based on the Fourier or Laplace inversion formulas and Gauss-Chebychev quadratures (GCQ) for computing this error probability. Using this result, and by formulating the outage probability of cellular mobile radio networks in the framework of statistical decision theory, we can unify the outage performance analysis for cellular mobile radio systems in generalized fading channels without imposing any restrictions on the desired signal and interferers statistics.

Next, we develop two unified analytical frameworks for evaluating the bit or symbol error probability (SER) of a broad class of coherent, differentially coherent and noncoherent digital communication systems with diversity reception in generalized fading channels. The exact SER is mostly expressed in terms of a single finite-range integral, and in some cases in the form of double finite-range integrals. Virtually “exact” closed-form expressions (in terms of a rapidly converging series) are also derived. This offers a convenient method to perform a comprehensive study of all common diversity combining techniques (maximal-ratio combining (MRC), equal-gain combining (EGC), selection combining (SDC) and switched combining (SWC)) with different modulation formats in a myriad of fading scenarios. In particular, our unified approach based on characteristic function (CHF) method allows us to unify the above problem in a single common framework. Nevertheless, the moment generating function (MGF) method often yields a more concise solution than the CHF approach in the analysis of MRC, SDC and SWC diversity systems.

Subsequently, we examine the performance of a maximum amplitude selection diversity (MA/SD) rake receiver configuration in indoor wireless channels. The proposed low-complexity receiver structure is practically appealing because of its simplicity as well as its ability to operate effectively even at high signalling rates. We have also devised a robust packet combining mechanism to enhance the throughput and delay performance of spread-spectrum radio networks without incurring a substantial penalty in receiver complexity. A simple indirect method to estimate the channel state condition for successful implementation of a self-reconfigurable automatic repeat-request (ARQ) system, such as mixed-mode ARQ protocol or adaptive packet length strategy in a slowly varying mobile radio environment is also studied. / Graduate
Date18 October 2017
CreatorsAnnamalai, Annamalai Jr.
ContributorsBhargava, Vijay K.
Source SetsUniversity of Victoria
LanguageEnglish, English
Detected LanguageEnglish
RightsAvailable to the World Wide Web

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