Document Type


Date of Award

Spring 5-31-2005

Degree Name

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


Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Yeheskel Bar-Ness

Second Advisor

Ali Abdi

Third Advisor

Alexander Haimovich

Fourth Advisor

Narayan B. Mandayam

Fifth Advisor

Roy R. You


This dissertation addresses two topics in the MC-CDMA system: rate capacity and adaptation of users' signature sequences. Both of them are studied for the downlink communication scenario with multi-code scheme.

The purpose of studying rate capacity is to understand the potential of applying MC-CDMA technique for high speed wireless data communications. It is shown that, to maintain high speed data transmission with multi-code scheme, each mobile should cooperatively decode its desired user's encoded data symbols which are spread with different signature sequences simultaneously. Higher data rate can be achieved by implementing dirty paper coding (DPC) to cooperatively encode all users' data symbols at the base station. However, the complexity of realizing DPC is prohibitively high. Moreover, it is found that the resource allocation policy has profound impact on the rate capacity that can be maintained in the system. Nevertheless, the widely adopted proportional resource allocation policy is only suitable for the communication scenario in which the disparity of users' channel qualities is small. When the difference between users' channel qualities is large, one must resort to non-proportional assignment of power and signature sequences.

Both centralized and distributed schemes are proposed to adapt users' signature sequences in the downlink of MC-CDMA system. With the former, the base station collects complete channel state information and iteratively adapts all users' signature sequences to optimize an overall system performance objective function, e.g. the weighted total mean square error (WTMSE). Since the proposed centralized scheme is designed such that each iteration of signature sequence adaptation decreases the WTMSE which is lower bounded, the convergence of the proposed centralized scheme is guaranteed.

With the distributed signature sequence adaptation, each user's signature sequences are independently adapted to optimize the associated user's individual performance objective function with no regard to the performance of other users in the system. Two distributed adaptation schemes are developed. In one scheme, each user adapts its signature sequences under a pre-assigned power constraint which remains unchanged during the process of adaptation. In the other scheme, pricing methodology is applied so that the transmission power at the base station is properly distributed among users when users' signature sequences are adapted. The stability issue of these distributed adaptation schemes is analyzed using game theory frame work. It is proven that there always exists a set of signature sequences at which no user can unilaterally adapt its signature sequences to further improve its individual performance, given the signature sequences chosen by other users in the system.



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