Date of Award

Winter 2010

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Electrical & Computer Engineering

Committee Director

Dimitrie C. Popescu

Committee Member

Linda L. Vahala

Committee Member

Oscar R. Gonzalez

Committee Member

Stephan Olariu


In this dissertation, transmitter adaptation for optimal resource allocation in wireless communication systems are investigated. First, a multiple access channel model is considered where many transmitters communicate with a single receiver. This scenario is a basic component of a. wireless network in which multiple users simultaneously access the resources of a wireless service provider. Adaptive algorithms for transmitter optimization to meet Quality-of-Service (QoS) requirements in a distributed manner are studied. Second, an interference channel model is considered where multiple interfering transmitter-receiver pairs co-exist such that a given transmitter communicates with its intended receiver in the presence of interference from other transmitters. This scenario models a wireless network in which several wireless service providers share the spectrum to offer their services by using dynamic spectrum access and cognitive radio (CR) technologies. The primary objective of dynamic spectrum access in the CR approach is to enable use of the frequency band dynamically and opportunistically without creating harmful interference to licensed incumbent users. Specifically, CR users are envisioned to be able to provide high bandwidth and efficient utilization of the spectrum via dynamic spectrum access in heterogeneous networks. In this scenario, a distributed method is investigated for combined precoder and power adaptation of CR transmitters for dynamic spectrum sharing in cognitive radio systems. Finally, the effect of limited feedback for transmitter optimization is analyzed where precoder adaptation uses the quantized version of interference information or the predictive vector quantization for incremental updates. The performance of the transmitter adaptation algorithms is also studied in the context of fading channels.