Date Added: Nov 2012
The fundamental features of Cognitive Radio (CR) systems are their ability to adapt to the wireless environment where they operate and their opportunistic occupation of the licensed spectrum bands assigned to the primary network. CR users in CR systems should not cause any interference to Primary Users (PUs) of the primary network. For this purpose, CR users need to accurately estimate the features and activities of the primary users. In this paper, a novel characterization of heterogeneous PUs and a novel reconfigurability solution in CR networks are introduced. The characterization of PUs consists of a detector and classifier that distinguish between heterogeneous PUs. The PU characteristics stored in radio environmental maps are utilized by an interference/throughput adapter for the optimization of CR parameters.