Optimal location of transmitters for micro-cellular radio communication system design

Hanif D. Sherali, Chandra Mohan Pendyala, Theodore S. Rappaport

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This paper is concerned with the mathematical modeling and analysis of a radio communication system design problem that seeks an optimal location of a single transmitter, or that of multiple transmitters, in order to serve a specified distribution of receivers. The problem is modeled by discretizing the radio coverage region into a grid of receiver locations and by specifying a function that estimates the path-loss or signal attenuation for each receiver location, given a particular location for a transmitter that communicates with it. The resulting model is a nonlinear programming problem having an implicitly defined objective function of minimizing a measure of weighted path-losses. Specializations of three nonlinear optimization algorithms, namely, Hooke and Jeeves' method, quasi-Newton, and conjugate gradient search procedures are investigated for solving this problem. The technique described here is intended to interact with various propagation prediction models and may be used in a CAD system for radio communication system design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)662-672
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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