Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Engineering Science


Electrical and Computer Engineering


Dr. Xianbin Wang


With the ever-increasing demands for the broadband mobile communications, it is becoming more and more difficult to accommodate all existing and emerging wireless services and applications due to the limited communication resources particularly radio spectrum. In addition, system parameters of wireless communications often need to be adapted due to the variation of channel characteristics and user demands. Cognitive communication is emerged as an effective technique, particularly to improve the utilization rate of limited communication resources adaptively according to the change in its operating conditions and requirements. To handle these challenges efficiently and reliably in cognitive radio scenario, cyclic prefix (CP) of the OFDM system is precoded in this thesis using pseudo-random sequence. This signaling link can effectively carry transmission parameters and system adaptation information. In first part of the thesis, mutual interference minimization and transmission power adaptation enabled by the additional signaling link are also investigated. In order to make use of this precoded cyclic prefix (PCP) signaling link, an efficient demodulation scheme is needed to reduce the implementation complexity. Therefore, a low complexity signaling demodulator along with a multipath combining technique to further improve the performance in real communication scenario like in multipath channel is proposed in the thesis. The final aspect of this thesis is the investigation of a robust communication system using digital television (DTV) transmitter identification watermark signal which is also a modulated pseudo-random sequence. The previous study on PCP signaling is thus extended to an emergency communication system using DTV watermark. It is found that watermark based communication system is more robust than the DTV broadcasting and can reach a much wider coverage with significantly increased network reliability, which is suitable for national emergency situations.



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