Cooperative communications and cognitive radios are two exciting new research areas that promise for wireless networks a significant increase in throughput, power efficiency, and coverage area. Most existing studies in the two areas are of theoretical nature that are often based on idealistic assumptions which may never come to pass in a real-world network. Since the efficiency of many cooperation strategies proposed in the literature rely heavily on these idealistic assumptions, one is left to wonder whether they remain viable when employed in real-world large-scale wireless networks. The most straightforward means of obtaining realistic estimates of performance gains associated with a particular cooperation strategy is experimentation on real-time test-beds. In addition, experimentation remains the ultimate tool in identifying and addressing challenges associated with incorporating cooperation in practical wireless networks. Motivated by this fact, the proposed research will aim at devising novel, effective, and practically feasible system-level cognitive cooperation protocols with the help of a hardware/software experimental platform. The ultimate, long-term objective of the project is to explore how cognitive cooperation could efficiently be incorporated into the next-generation wireless industrial standards, as well as for emerging applications such as wireless sensor networks and smart-grids.

Project Start Date: 1st January 2014
Project Completion Date: 31st December 2015