Optimising Resource Efficiency in Future Mobile Communications

Lead Research Organisation: University of Edinburgh
Department Name: Sch of Engineering

Abstract

Mobile communication systems are becoming more and more complex to design (by researchers), operate (by the operators) and used by the people in the street. Mobile users now wish to be always connected, irrespective of time and place, and have access to a range of new services to help him/her in everyday life, all at the lowest possible cost. Currently no one knows how to evaluate whether a system is efficient or not in such provision. The reason for this is the huge number of parameters involved which collectively influence system efficiency. So far the practice has been to use a subset of such parameters to define localised efficiency -- but this does not provide overall efficiency and it will not lead to low cost or optimum use of scare spectrum. There are three important criteria which need to be considered and designed together to achieve a highly efficient mobile system. These are: quality of offered service, capacity and the cost of the system. Each of these criteria are influenced by a large number of parameters individually, where each have different weightings. Optimum design needs to find a fine balance between the three different criteria and yet currently there is no technique available which enables them to be optimised together to provide the required low cost solution. What makes this difficult is that a mobile system is dynamic by nature in terms of: range of mobility of users, wide range of operational environments, wide range of services with different bit rates and expected qualities, etc. This all points to requirements for a system with a certain degree of adaptability so that the system can self-organise and adapt itself to changing conditions. Currently systems are designed and operated on more or less fixed technique and parameters. These include the design of air-interface, media access control, handover algorithms, cell sizes and fixed frequency band allocation which all lead to wastage of resources and expensive solutions. The mobile systems of the future, addressed herein, are continuously adaptable and reconfigurable and respond automatically to the conditions of environments and user demands. It is only by engaging with these factors that efficiency can be maximised and the required low cost new services can be delivered to users. The challenge of the research described herein is how to collectively design such very complex networks so that users, service providers and network operators will all consider it efficient and cost effective to participate in the mobile vision of the future.

Publications

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Altmann Y (2016) Robust Bayesian target detection algorithm for depth imaging from sparse single-photon data in IEEE Transactions on Computational Imaging

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Chao Wang (2009) A comprehensive study of repetition-coded protocols in multi-user multi-relay networks in IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications

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Krikidis I (2009) Relay selection for secure cooperative networks with jamming in IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications

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Krikidis I (2010) Stability analysis for cognitive radio with multi-access primary transmission in IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications

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Krikidis I (2009) Max-min relay selection for legacy amplify-and-forward systems with interference in IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications

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Krikidis I (2009) Protocol design and throughput analysis for multi-user cognitive cooperative systems in IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications

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Krikidis I (2009) Opportunistic Relay Selection in Cooperative Systems With Dirty-Paper Coding in IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology

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Krikidis I (2009) Cognitive legacy networks via cooperative diversity in IEEE Communications Letters

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Krikidis I (2010) On the diversity order of non-orthogonal amplify-and-forward over block-fading channels in IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications

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Krikidis I (2008) Optimization Issues for Cooperative Amplify-and-Forward Systems Over Block-Fading Channels in IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology

 
Description VCE Mobile & Personal Comm Ltd 
Organisation VCE Mobile & Personal Comm Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
Start Year 2006