A cross-layer framework for joint control and distributed sensing in agile wireless networks

Nicolò Michelusi, Urbashi Mitra

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Abstract

In this paper, a cross-layer framework for joint control and distributed sensing in agile wireless networks is presented, where an agent schedules actions to control a partially observable Markov decision process, whose state is inferred by collecting measurements from nearby assistant wireless nodes with cognitive and sensing capabilities (ANs). The framework makes it possible to model practical constraints of wireless networks, such as the cost incurred by the ANs to sense and transmit to the agent and the shared wireless channel, as well as to jointly optimize the acquisition of state information at the agent via distributed sensing, and the scheduling policy, under sensing-transmission cost constraints for the ANs. The optimality of a two-stage decomposition is proved, which enables decoupling of the optimization of action scheduling and distributed sensing. This scheme is applied to spectrum sensing, where the activity of licensed (PU, primary) users is measured by distributed wireless assisting receivers, based on which an agile (SU, secondary) user adapts its transmissions over time. Simulation results demonstrate that the proposed adaptive joint sensing-scheduling policy improves the SU throughput up to 50% over a scheme employing non-adaptive sensing, for a given constraint on the throughput degradation to the PU pair and cost incurred by the ANs, and up to a three-fold increase over a scheme where sensing is performed only locally by the SU.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2014 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2014
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1747-1751
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781479951864
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event2014 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2014 - Honolulu, HI, United States
Duration: Jun 29 2014Jul 4 2014

Publication series

NameIEEE International Symposium on Information Theory - Proceedings
ISSN (Print)2157-8095

Other

Other2014 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2014
CountryUnited States
CityHonolulu, HI
Period6/29/147/4/14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Information Systems
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Applied Mathematics

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