Amine Laourine, Ph.D. student
Cornell University,
Ithaca, NY, USA
email: al496@cornell.edu

Amine Laourine received the Diplôme d'Ingénieur degree from the Ecole Polytechnique de Tunisie (Tunisia Polytechnic School) in 2005. He is currently an M.Sc. student at INRS-EMT, University of Quebec, Montreal, Canada. His research experience includes internships at Ericsson Canada and INRS-EMT in 2004 and 2005. He worked as an engineer at ZTE Corporation from August to November 2005. His research interests lie in the field of communication theory with an emphasis on the performance evaluation of wireless links and synchronization in OFDM systems. Starting from fall 2007 he will be at Cornell University working toward a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering.

- The Erwin and Joan Jacobs fellowshipfrom Cornell University in 2007.
- The Tunisian Government M.Sc. fellowship in 2005.
- The Rene Fortier Scholarship from Bell Canada in 2006.
- The NSERC-INRS Grant for the participation in research activities in 2006.

M.Sc. research topic: not available.

- Prof. Sofiène Affès, INRS-EMT.

Co- advisor:
- Dr. Alex Stéphenne, Ericcson, Canada.

M.Sc. research summary: Composite multipath/shadowing fading environments are frequently encountered in different realistic scenarios. These channels are generally modeled as a mixture of Nakagami-m multipath fading and log-normal shadowing. The resulting composite probability density function (pdf) is unfortunately not in closed-form, thereby making the performance evaluation of communication links in these channels cumbersome. In order to obtain practical closed-forms we have used alternative composite channel models like the generalized-K distribution and the very general G-distribution. Hinging on these models, we conduct an exhaustive performance evaluation of communication systems operating in these channels. In our study we derive several closed-form expressions for the outage probability, the channel capacity as well as other tools that are of great importance in assessing the performance of communication systems in composite channels.

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