Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Kenneth M. Hopkinson, PhD.
The cognitive radio field currently lacks a standardized test methodology that is repeatable, flexible, and effective across multiple cognitive radio architectures. Furthermore, the cognitive radio field lacks a suitable framework that allows testing of an integrated cognitive radio system and not solely specific components. This research presents a cognitive radio test methodology, known as CRATM, to address these issues. CRATM proposes to use behavior-based testing, in which cognition may be measured by evaluating both primary user and secondary user performance. Data on behavior based testing is collected and evaluated. Additionally, a unique means of measuring secondary user interference to the primary user is employed by direct measurement of primary user performance. A secondary user pair and primary user radio pair are implemented using the Wireless Open-Access Research platform and WARPLab software running in MATLAB. The primary user is used to create five distinct radio frequency environments utilizing narrowband, wideband, and non-contiguous waveforms. The secondary user response to the primary user created environments is measured. The secondary user implements a simple cognitive engine that incorporates energy-detection spectrum sensing. The effect of the cognitive engine on both secondary user and primary user performance is measured and evaluated.
DTIC Accession Number
Thompson, Jared J., "A Test Methodology for Evaluating Cognitive Radio Systems" (2014). Theses and Dissertations. 629.