Date of Graduation


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Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources


Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

Committee Chair

Daryl S. Reynolds.


Emerging wireless sensor networks and existing wireless cellular and ad hoc networks motivate the design of low-power receivers. Multi-user interference drastically reduces the energy efficiency of wireless multi-user communications by introducing errors in the bits being detected at the receiver. Interference rejection algorithms and multiple antenna techniques can significantly reduce the bit-error-rate at the receiver. Unfortunately, while interference rejection algorithms burden the receiver with heavy signal processing functionalities, thereby increasing the power consumption at the receiver, the small size of receivers, specifically in sensor networks and in downlink cellular communications, prohibits the use of multiple receive antennas. In a broadcast channel, where a central transmitter is transmitting independent streams to decentralized receivers, it is possible for the transmitter to have a priori knowledge of the interference. Multiple antennas can be used at the transmitter to enhance energy efficiency. In some systems, the transmitter has access to virtually an infinite source of power. A typical example would be the base station transmitter for the downlink of a cellular system. The power consumption at receivers can be reduced if some of the signal processing functionality of the receiver is moved to the transmitter.;In this thesis, we consider a wireless broadcast channel with a transmitter equipped with multiple antennas and having a priori knowledge of interference. Our objective is to minimize the receiver complexity by adding extra signal processing functions to the transmitter. We need to determine the optimal signal that should be transmitted so that interference is completely eliminated, and the benefits that can be obtained by using multiple transmit antennas can be maximized. We investigate the use of linear precoders, linear transformations made on the signal before transmission, for this purpose.