The second broad area of research proposes to develop new algorithms for robust and adaptive measurements link quality and new handoff algorithms that are suitable for macrodiversity and hierarchical cellular architectures, especially in a microcellular environment. We are also interested in fast and accurate methods for in-service signal quality estimation, algorithms based on the higher-order statistics of the mobile radio channel, the development of handoff analysis methods for microcellular environments and SIR-based handoff algorithms.
The approaches to be employed in the study involve a mixture of analytical and simulation studies. Whenever possible we will strive to keep our concepts and methodology as general as possible. The work would be performed by three Ph.D. students and the two Principal Investigator. Reporting would be through journal publications, conference presentations, and NSF reports. The research would be performed over a three year period, and would completely support the time of the three Ph.D. students and a fraction of the summer salary for the two Principle Investigators.