Kosbar, Kurt; Sharma, Gaurav; University of Missouri (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2007-10)
      While investigating methods for more efficiently allocating the available spectrum researchers noticed that in many geographical locations, there are broad bands of frequencies that are lightly utilized. Such inefficiencies are inevitable with fixed spectral allocation rules. Cognitive Radios actively measure the spectral utilization and adapt their modulation, frequencies, bandwidths, power, etc. to take advantage of these lightly used “spectral holes” or “white spaces”. Much of the research work in cognitive radios has not taken into account some of the challenges faced in the telemetry community-including multipaths and a guaranteed quality of service. This paper highlights how some mathematical models of adaptive modulation discussed extensively in many research papers and textbooks can be used in Cognitive Radios as well.

      Kosbar, Kurt; Pratt, Jason; University of Missouri (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2007-10)
      Cognitive radio is a reasonably new branch of research aimed at more fully utilizing the RF spectrum. This is accomplished by allowing wireless communication systems to dynamically choose a frequency band, and a modulation technique, based on the current state of the RF spectrum as perceived by the cognitive radio network. This paper will give a brief introduction of cognitive radio networks, and describe a hardware platform designed at the IFT/UMR Telemetry Learning Center. The test-bed will accommodate future research into cognitive networks, by allowing the user to dynamically change both its carrier frequency and modulation technique through software. A general description of the design of the platform is provided.