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Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Committee Member

Emma Regentova

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Wireless communication has been seen unprecedented growth in recent years. As the wireless network migrates from 2G to 2.5G and 3G, more and more high-bandwidth services have to be provided to wireless users. However, existing radio resources are limited, thus quality-of-service (QoS) provisioning is extremely important for high performance networKing In this dissertation, we focus on two problems crucial for QoS provisioning in wireless networks. They are location and resource management. Our research is aimed to develop efficient location management and resource allocation techniques to provide qualitative services in the future generations of wireless/mobile networks. First, the hybrid location update method (HLU) is proposed based on both the moving distance and the moving direction of mobile terminals. The signaling cost for location management is analyzed using a 2D Markov walk model. The results of numerical studies for different mobility patterns show that the HLU scheme outperforms the methods employing either moving distance or moving direction. Next, a new dynamic location management scheme with personalized location areas is developed. It takes into account terminal's mobility characteristics in different locations of the service area. The location area is designed for each individual mobile user such that the location management cost is minimized. The cost is calculated based on a continuous-time Markov chain. Simulation results acknowledge a lower cost of the proposed scheme compared to that of some known techniques. Our research on the resource management considers the dynamic allocation strategy in the integrated voice/data wireless networks. We propose two new channel de-allocation schemes, i.e., de-allocation for data packet (DASP) and de-allocation for both voice call and data packet (DASVP). We then combine the proposed de-allocation methods with channel re-allocation, and evaluate the performance of the schemes using an analytic model. The results indicate the necessity of adapting to QoS requirements on both voice call and data packet. Finally, a new QoS-based dynamic resource allocation scheme is proposed which differentiates the new and handoff voice calls. The scheme combines channel reservation, channel de-allocation/re-allocation for voice call and packet queue to adapt to QoS requirements by adjusting the number of reserved channels and packet queue size. The superiority of the propose scheme in meeting the QoS requirements over existing techniques is proved by the experimental studies.


Location Management; Management; Mobile; Networks; Provisioning; Quality; Quality Of Service; Resource Management; Service; Wireless; Wireless Networks

Controlled Subject

Electrical engineering

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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