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Jožef Stefan
Postgraduate School

Jamova 39
SI-1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 1 477 31 00
Fax: +386 1 477 31 10


Course Description

Cognitive Radio and Networking


Information and Communication Technologies, third-level study programme


prof. dr. Mihael Mohorčič


This course will introduce students into the concept of using cognitive techniques in contemporary telecommunication systems. The emphasis will be on advanced techniques, architectures and procedures for improvement of radio spectrum efficiency and resource management, for context-aware utilisation of communication interfaces and for autonomous management of networks and services.

The course objectives are to (1) introduce students with the concept of using cognitive techniques in wireless and radio networks, (2) present the basic architecture and functionalities of cognitive radio networks, (3) provide an overview of techniques and procedures used in cognitive radio and networks and (4) present the concept of autonomous network management.

Students will develop the ability to solve independent research and development tasks in the field of cognitive radio and networking, including design, testing and performance evaluation of basic procedures used in cognitive radio and networks.


cognition in communication systems, motivation for going cognitive, scope of cognitive functionality

Basic Concept of Cognitive Communications:
software defined radio, cognitive radio, architecture and basic functionality of cognitive radio and networks, cognition cycle, knowledge representation

Cognitive Radio Networks:
spectrum sensing, dynamic spectrum access, opportunistic spectrum access, spectrum sharing, radio resource management and radio environment management in heterogeneous wireless access networks, cross-layer design

Cognitive Networks:
self-awareness (location, service, context, etc), autonomous network management, transport service composition

Standardisation and Research Challenges

Course literature:

Selected chapters from the following books:

• Q. Mahmoud (Ed.), Cognitive Networks – Towards Self-Aware Networks, Wiley, 2007. ISBN 978-0-470-06196-1
• K.-C. Chen, R. Prasad, Cognitive radio networks, Wiley, 2009. ISBN 978-0-470-69689-7
• L. Berlemann, S. Mangold, Cognitive radio for dynamic spectrum access, Wiley, 2009. ISBN 978-0-470-51167-1
• A.M. Wyglinski (Ed.), M. Nekovee (Ed.), Y.T. Hou (Ed.), Cognitive radio communications and networks: principles and practice, Elsevier : Academic Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-12-374715-0
• R.W. Thomas, Cognitive Networks, PhD Dissertation, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, June 15, 2007.

Significant publications and references:

• T. Šolc, C. Fortuna, M. Mohorčič, " Low-cost testbed development and its applications in cognitive radio prototyping”. V: M.-G. di Benedetto, edt. Cognitive radio and networking for heterogeneous wireless networks: recent advances in visions for the future, Springer, 2015, pp. 361-405. ISBN 978-3-319-01718-1
• C. Fortuna, M. Mohorčič, " Trends in the development of communication networks: Cognitive networks" , Computer Networks, vol. 53, no. 9, pp. 1354–1376, Jun. 2009
• C. Fortuna, M. Mohorčič, “A framework for dynamic composition of communication services”, ACM transactions on sensor networks, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 31-1-31.10, 2014.
• A. Mohammed, A Mehmood, F.-N., Pavlidou, M. Mohorčič, “The role of high-altitude platforms (HAPs) in the global wireless connectivity“, Proceedings of the IEEE, vol. 99, no. 11, pp. 1939-1953, 2011
• M. Pesko, T. Javornik, L. Vidmar, A. Košir, M. Štular, M. Mohorčič, “The indirect self-tuning method for constructing radio environment map using omnidirectional or directional transmitter antenna“, EURASIP Journal on wireless communications and networking, 2015, 12 pp., doi: 10.1186/s13638-015-0297-2.


Seminar work (50%)
Oral defense of seminar work (50%)

Students obligations:

Seminar work and oral defense of seminar work.