Date of Award

August 2019

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Electrical Engineering and Computer Science


Mustafa C. Gursoy


Cellular networks, Millimeter Wave (mmWave) networks, Poisson cluster process, Poisson point process, Stochastic geometry, Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)

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Recent years have witnessed exponential growth in mobile data and traffic. Limited available spectrum in microwave ($\mu$Wave) bands does not seem to be capable of meeting this demand in the near future, motivating the move to new frequency bands. Therefore, operating with large available bandwidth at millimeter wave (mmWave) frequency bands, between 30 and 300 GHz, has become an appealing choice for the fifth generation (5G) cellular networks. In addition to mmWave cellular networks, the deployment of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) base stations (BSs), also known as drone BSs, has attracted considerable attention recently as a possible solution to meet the increasing data demand. UAV BSs are expected to be deployed in a variety of scenarios including public safety communications, data collection in Internet of Things (IoT) applications, disasters, accidents, and other emergencies and also temporary events requiring substantial network resources in the short-term. In these scenarios, UAVs can provide wireless connectivity rapidly.

In this thesis, analytical frameworks are developed to analyze and evaluate the performance of mmWave cellular networks and UAV assisted cellular networks. First, the analysis of average symbol error probability (ASEP) in mmWave cellular networks with Poisson Point Process (PPP) distributed BSs is conducted using tools from stochastic geometry. Secondly, we analyze the energy efficiency of relay-assisted downlink mmWave cellular networks. Then, we provide an stochastic geometry framework to study heterogeneous downlink mmWave cellular networks consisting of $K$ tiers of randomly located BSs, assuming that each tier operates in a mmWave frequency band. We further study the uplink performance of the mmWave cellular networks by considering the coexistence of cellular and potential D2D user equipments (UEs) in the same band. In addition to mmWave cellular networks, the performance of UAV assisted cellular networks is also studied. Signal-to-interference-plus-noise ratio (SINR) coverage performance analysis for UAV assisted networks with clustered users is provided. Finally, we study the energy coverage performance of UAV energy harvesting networks with clustered users.


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