Acta Metallurgica Sinica(English letters) ›› 2012, Vol. 19 ›› Issue (4): 80-85.doi: 10.1016/S1005-8885(11)60286-0

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Q-learning for dynamic channel assignment in cognitive wireless local area network with fibre-connected distributed antennas

LI Yi, JI Hong   

  1. Key Laboratory of Universal Wireless Communications, Ministry of Education, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing 100876, China
  • Received:2012-02-16 Revised:2012-05-29 Online:2012-08-31 Published:2012-09-12
  • Contact: Yi LI
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    This work was supported by the National Natural Science Funds of China for Young Scholar (61001115), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (60832009), the Beijing Natural Science Foundation of China (4102044), and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities of China (2012RC0126).


Cognitive wireless local area network with fibre-connected distributed antennas (CWLAN-FDA) is a promising and efficient architecture that combines radio over fiber, cognitive radio and distributed antenna technologies to provide high speed/high capacity wireless access at a reasonable cost. In this paper, a Q-learning approach is applied to implement dynamic channel assignment (DCA) in CWLAN-FDA. The cognitive access points (CAPs) select and assign the best channels among the industrial, scientific, and medical (ISM) band for data packet transmission, given that the objective is to minimize external interference and acquire better network-wide performance. The Q-learning method avoids solving complex optimization problem while being able to explore the states of a CWLAN-FDA system during normal operations. Simulation results reveal that the proposed strategy is effective in reducing outage probability and improving network throughput.

Key words:

cognitive WLAN, fibre-connected distributed antennas, Q-learning, dynamic channel assignment

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