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A reliability aware protocol for cooperative communication in cognitive radio networks

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One of the challenging tasks in cognitive radio (CR) networks is to agree on a common control channel to exchange control information. This paper presents a novel medium access control (MAC) protocol for CR network which efficiently and intelligently establishes a common control channel between CR nodes. The proposed protocol is the first CR MAC protocol which is hybrid in nature and lies between global common control channel (GCCC) and non-GCCC family of MAC protocols. The dynamic nature of the protocol makes the CR nodes converge on a newly found control channel quicker whenever the interference from a licensed user is sensed. The analytical results show that the dynamic, hybrid and adaptive nature of proposed protocol yields higher throughputs when compared with other CR MAC protocols.

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Munam Ali Shah received the B. Sc. and M. Sc. degrees, both in computer science from University of Peshawar, Pakistan in 2001 and 2003 respectively. He received the M. Sc. degree in security technologies and applications from University of Surrey, UK in 2010, and received the Ph.D. degree from University of Bedfordshire, UK in 2013. Since July 2004, he has been an assistant professor, Department of Computer Science, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan. He is the author of more than 30 research articles published in various conferences and journals. He also received the Best Paper Award of the International Conference on Automation and Computing in 2012.

His research interests include MAC protocol design, QoS and security issues in wireless communication systems.

Si-Jing Zhang received the B. Sc. and M. Sc. degrees, both in computer science, from Jilin University, China in 1982 and 1988 respectively. He received the Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of York, UK in 1997. He joined the Network Technology Research Centre (NTRC) of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, as a post-doctoral fellow in 1996, and he then returned to the UK to work as a research fellow with the Centre for Communications Systems Research (CCSR) of the University of Cambridge, UK in 1998. He joined the University of Derby, UK as a senior lecturer in 2000. Since October 2004, he has been working as a senior lecturer with the University of Bedfordshire, UK.

Hong-Ji Yang received the B. Sc. and M.Eng. degrees from Jilin University, China in 1982 and 1985 respectively, and received the Ph.D. degree from Durham University, UK. He served as a programme Co-Chair at IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance 1999 (ICSM’99) and is serving as the programme chair at IEEE Computer Software and Application Conference in 2002 (COMPSAC’02). He is chief editor of the International Journal of Creative Computing. He has published five books and well over 300 papers in software engineering, computer networking and creative computing. He is deputy director of the Centre for Creative Computing at Bath Spa University, UK.

He research interests include software engineering and creative computing.

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Shah, M.A., Zhang, SJ. & Yang, HJ. A reliability aware protocol for cooperative communication in cognitive radio networks. Int. J. Autom. Comput. 16, 84–92 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11633-016-0995-1

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