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Cognitive radio and networking research at Virginia Tech

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Date Published
April 2009
29 pages

More than a dozen Wireless @ Virginia Tech faculty are working to address the broad research agenda of cognitive radio and cognitive networks.


The core research team spans the protocol stack from radio and reconfigurable hardware to communications theory to the networking layer. The team’s work includes new analysis methods and the development of new software architectures and applications, in addition to work on the core concepts and architectures underlying cognitive radios and cognitive networks. This paper describes these contributions and points towards critical future work that remains to fulfill the promise of cognitive radio. This paper briefly describes the history of work on cognitive radios and networks at Virginia Tech and then discuss the team’s contributions to the core cognitive processing underlying these systems, focusing on our cognitive engine. We also describe developments that support the cognitive engine and advances in radio technology that provide the flexibility desired in a cognitive radio node. We consider securing and verifying cognitive systems and examine the challenges of expanding the cognitive paradigm up the protocol stack to optimize end-to-end network performance. Lastly, we consider the analysis of cognitive systems using game theory and the application of cognitive techniques to problems in dynamic spectrum sharing and control of multiple-input multiple-output radios. (Publisher abstract provided)

Date Published: April 1, 2009