About this Journal Submit a Manuscript Table of Contents
Advances in Artificial Intelligence
Volume 2008 (2008), Article ID 793058, 12 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2008/793058
Research Article

Access Network Selection Based on Fuzzy Logic and Genetic Algorithms

Faculty of Computing Sciences and Engineering, De Montfort University, Leicester LE1 9BH, UK

Received 17 September 2007; Accepted 20 February 2008

Academic Editor: Adel Alimi

Copyright © 2008 Mohammed Alkhawlani and Aladdin Ayesh. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

In the next generation of heterogeneous wireless networks (HWNs), a large number of different radio access technologies (RATs) will be integrated into a common network. In this type of networks, selecting the most optimal and promising access network (AN) is an important consideration for overall networks stability, resource utilization, user satisfaction, and quality of service (QoS) provisioning. This paper proposes a general scheme to solve the access network selection (ANS) problem in the HWN. The proposed scheme has been used to present and design a general multicriteria software assistant (SA) that can consider the user, operator, and/or the QoS view points. Combined fuzzy logic (FL) and genetic algorithms (GAs) have been used to give the proposed scheme the required scalability, flexibility, and simplicity. The simulation results show that the proposed scheme and SA have better and more robust performance over the random-based selection.