Date of Award

Summer 2003

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering - (Ph.D.)

Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Sirin Tekinay

Second Advisor

Christopher Rose

Third Advisor

Nirwan Ansari

Fourth Advisor

Constantine N. Manikopoulos

Fifth Advisor

Roberto Rojas-Cessa

Abstract

Mobility modeling and management in wireless networks are the set of tasks performed in order to model motion patterns, predict trajectories, get information on mobiles’ whereabouts and to make use of this information in handoff, routing, location management, resource allocation and other functions.

In the literature, the speed of mobile is often and misleadingly referred to as the level of mobility, such as “high” or “low” mobility. This dissertation presents an information theoretic approach to mobility modeling and management, in which mobility is considered as a measure of uncertainty in mobile’s trajectory, that is, the mobility is low if the trajectory of a mobile is highly predictable even if the mobile is moving with high speed. On the other hand, the mobility is high if the trajectory of the mobile is highly erratic. Based on this mobility modeling concept, we classify mobiles into predictable and non-predictable mobility classes and optimize network operations for each mobility class. The dynamic mobility classification technique is applied to various mobility related issues of the next generation wireless networks such as location management, location-based services, and energy efficient routing in multihop cellular networks.

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