Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Legacy Department

Electrical Engineering


Pursley, Michael B

Committee Member

Noneaker , Daniel L

Committee Member

Russell , Harlan B


Adaptive transmission protocols are often employed to communicate over wireless channels with fading and other time-varying propagation losses. The protocols compensate for the propagation losses and maintain high throughput by adjusting transmission parameters in response to the channel variations. Performance evaluations for practical adaptive transmission protocols typically require simulation of both the time-varying processes and the procedure by which the protocol derives information about the channel quality. In this thesis, we develop an analytical method to evaluate the performance of two practical protocols, an adaptive coding protocol and an adaptive modulation and coding protocol, which rely on statistics derived from the demodulation process. Our method for performance analysis avoids the need for simulations of the adaptive protocols and the derivation of statistics that are used for adaptation; furthermore, our approach avoids the simulation of the time-varying channel.