Electrical & Computer Engineering, Department of


Date of this Version

Fall 12-30-2012


A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Science, Major: Telecommunications Engineering, Under the Supervision of Professor Yaoqing Yang. Lincoln, Nebraska: December, 2012.

Copyright (c) 2012 Deepraj Vernekar


The recent advances in wireless communication have led to the problem of growing spectrum scarcity. The available wireless spectrum has become scarcer due to increasing spectrum demand for new wireless applications. The large portion of the allocated spectrum is sporadically used leading to underutilization of significant amount of spectrum. To improve the spectrum efficiency, the idea of cognitive radio technology was introduced. This concept of cognitive radio provides a promising solution for the spectrum scarcity issues in wireless networks. Meanwhile, the security issues of cognitive radio have received more attentions recently since the inherent properties of CR networks would pose new challenges to wireless communications. In this MS thesis, general concepts of security threats to the cognitive radio networks are briefly reviewed. Performances for primary user emulation attacks are studied from Neyman-Pearson criterion point of view. A novel system model with different configurations of the primary users has been proposed and studied. Our experimental results demonstrate the statistical characteristics of the probability of false alarm and miss detection in the proposed system. I will make performance comparison with others’ research in the future.

Adviser: Yaoqing Yang