Reinforcement learning for context awareness and intelligence in wireless networks: review, new features and open issues

Yau, Kok-Lim Alvin, Komisarczuk, Peter and Teal, Paul D. (2012) Reinforcement learning for context awareness and intelligence in wireless networks: review, new features and open issues. Journal of Network and Computer Applications, 35 (1). pp. 253-267. ISSN 1084-8045

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In wireless networks, context awareness and intelligence are capabilities that enable each host to observe, learn, and respond to its complex and dynamic operating environment in an efficient manner. These capabilities contrast with traditional approaches where each host adheres to a predefined set of rules, and responds accordingly. In recent years, context awareness and intelligence have gained tremendous popularity due to the substantial network-wide performance enhancement they have to offer. In this article, we advocate the use of reinforcement learning (RL) to achieve context awareness and intelligence. The RL approach has been applied in a variety of schemes such as routing, resource management and dynamic channel selection in wireless networks. Examples of wireless networks are mobile ad hoc networks, wireless sensor networks, cellular networks and cognitive radio networks. This article presents an overview of classical RL and three extensions, including events, rules and agent interaction and coordination, to wireless networks. We discuss how several wireless network schemes have been approached using RL to provide network performance enhancement, and also open issues associated with this approach. Throughout the paper, discussions are presented in a tutorial manner, and are related to existing work in order to establish a foundation for further research in this field, specifically, for the improvement of the RL approach in the context of wireless networking, for the improvement of the RL approach through the use of the extensions in existing schemes, as well as for the design and implementation of RL in new schemes.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.1016/j.jnca.2011.08.007
Keywords: Wireless networks; Context awareness; Intelligence; Reinforcement learning; Mobile ad hoc networks; Wireless sensor networks; Cognitive radio networks
Subjects: Computing
Depositing User: Vani Aul
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2014 16:09
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 15:41

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