Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Graduate Group

Electrical & Systems Engineering

First Advisor

Roch Guerin


This thesis studies the problem of optimal design of wireless networks whose operating points such as powers, routes and channel capacities are solutions for an optimization problem. Different from existing work that rely on global channel state information (CSI), we focus on distributed algorithms for the optimal wireless networks where terminals only have access to locally available CSI. To begin with, we study random access channels where terminals acquire instantaneous local CSI but do not know the probability distribution of the channel. We develop adaptive scheduling and power control algorithms and show that the proposed algorithm almost surely maximizes a proportional fair utility while adhering to instantaneous and average power constraints. Then, these results are extended to random access multihop wireless networks. In this case, the associated optimization problem is neither convex nor amenable to distributed implementation, so a problem approximation is introduced which allows us to decompose it into local subproblems in the dual domain. The solution method based on stochastic subgradient descent leads to an architecture composed of layers and layer interfaces. With limited amount of message passing among terminals and small computational cost, the proposed algorithm converges almost surely in an ergodic sense. Next, we study the optimal transmission over wireless channels with imperfect CSI available at the transmitter side. To reduce the likelihood of packet losses due to the mismatch between channel estimates and actual channel values, a backoff function is introduced to enforce the selection of more conservative coding modes. Joint determination of optimal power allocations and backoff functions is a nonconvex stochastic optimization problem with infinitely many variables. Exploiting the resulting equivalence between primal and dual problems, we show that optimal power allocations and channel backoff functions are uniquely determined by optimal dual variables and develop algorithms to find the optimal solution. Finally, we study the optimal design of wireless network from a game theoretical perspective. In particular, we formulate the problem as a Bayesian game in which each terminal maximizes the expected utility based on its belief about the network state. We show that optimal solutions for two special cases, namely FDMA and RA, are equilibrium points of the game. Therefore, the proposed game theoretic formulation can be regarded as general framework for optimal design of wireless networks. Furthermore, cognitive access algorithms are developed to find solutions to the game approximately.