Joseph Isabona

Work place: Department of Physics, Federal University Lokoja, Lokoja, Kogi State, Nigeria



Research Interests: Signal Processing


Joseph Isabona, Ph.D, is a Professor. He received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees in Physics with Electronics, 2013 and 2007 respectively, and a B.Sc in Applied Physics in 2003. He is the author of more than 100 scientific contributions including articles in international Peer-review Journals and Conferences in the area of Wireless Mobile communications. The Author is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Department of Electronic Engineering, Howard College, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa. His area of interest includes Signal Processing, Machine Leaning, Data Analytics, RF Propagation Modelling and Radio Resource Management in Telecommunication Networks. His email is

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Parameter Estimation of Cellular Communication Systems Models in Computational MATLAB Environment: A Systematic Solver-based Numerical Optimization Approaches

By Joseph Isabona Sayo A. Akinwumi Theophilus E. Arijaje Odesanya Ituabhor Agbotiname Lucky Imoize

DOI:, Pub. Date: 8 Jun. 2024

Model-based parameter estimation, identification, and optimisation play a dominant role in many aspects of physical and operational processes in applied sciences, engineering, and other related disciplines. The intricate task involves engaging and fitting the most appropriate parametric model with nonlinear or linear features to experimental field datasets priori to selecting the best optimisation algorithm with the best configuration. Thus, the task is usually geared towards solving a clear optimsation problem. In this paper, a systematic-stepwise approach has been employed to review and benchmark six numerical-based optimization algorithms in MATLAB computational Environment. The algorithms include the Gradient Descent (GRA), Levenberg-Marguardt (LEM), Quasi-Newton (QAN), Gauss-Newton (GUN), Nelda-Meald (NEM), and Trust-Region-Dogleg (TRD). This has been accomplished by engaging them to solve an intricate radio frequency propagation modelling and parametric estimation in connection with practical spatial signal data. The spatial signal data were obtained via real-time field drive test conducted around six eNodeBs transmitters, with case studies taken from different terrains where 4G LTE transmitters are operational. Accordingly, three criteria in connection with rate of convergence Results show that the approximate hessian-based QAN algorithm, followed by the LEM algorithm yielded the best results in optimizing and estimating the RF propagation models parameters. The resultant approach and output of this paper will be of countless assets in assisting the end-users to select the most preferable optimization algorithm to handle their respective intricate problems.

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Image Denoising based on Enhanced Wavelet Global Thresholding Using Intelligent Signal Processing Algorithm

By Joseph Isabona Agbotiname Lucky Imoize Stephen Ojo

DOI:, Pub. Date: 8 Oct. 2023

Denoising is a vital aspect of image preprocessing, often explored to eliminate noise in an image to restore its proper characteristic formation and clarity. Unfortunately, noise often degrades the quality of valuable images, making them meaningless for practical applications. Several methods have been deployed to address this problem, but the quality of the recovered images still requires enhancement for efficient applications in practice. In this paper, a wavelet-based universal thresholding technique that possesses the capacity to optimally denoise highly degraded noisy images with both uniform and non-uniform variations in illumination and contrast is proposed. The proposed method, herein referred to as the modified wavelet-based universal thresholding (MWUT), compared to three state-of-the-art denoising techniques, was employed to denoise five noisy images. In order to appraise the qualities of the images obtained, seven performance indicators comprising the Root Mean Square Error (RMSE), Mean Absolute Error (MAE), Structural Content (SC), Peak Signal to Noise Ratio (PSNR), Structural Similarity Index Method (SSIM), Signal-to-Reconstruction-Error Ratio (SRER), Blind Spatial Quality Evaluator (NIQE), and Blind/Referenceless Image Spatial Quality Evaluator (BRISQUE) were employed. The first five indicators – RMSE, MAE, SC, PSNR, SSIM, and SRER- are reference indicators, while the remaining two – NIQE and BRISQUE- are referenceless. For the superior performance of the proposed wavelet threshold algorithm, the SC, PSNR, SSIM, and SRER must be higher, while lower values of NIQE, BRISQUE, RMSE, and MAE are preferred. A higher and better value of PSNR, SSIM, and SRER in the final results shows the superior performance of our proposed MWUT denoising technique over the preliminaries. Lower NIQE, BRISQUE, RMSE, and MAE values also indicate higher and better image quality results using the proposed modified wavelet-based universal thresholding technique over the existing schemes. The modified wavelet-based universal thresholding technique would find practical applications in digital image processing and enhancement.

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Radio Spectrum Measurement Modeling and Prediction based on Adaptive Hybrid Model for Optimal Network Planning

By Seyi E. Olukanni Joseph Isabona Ituabhor Odesanya

DOI:, Pub. Date: 8 Aug. 2023

Path loss model is fundamental to effective network planning. It provides adequate information on the extent of signal loss and help to improve the quality of service of cellular communication in an area. In this paper we used a hybrid wavelet and improved log-distance model for modeling and prediction of propagation path loss in an irregular terrain. The prediction accuracy of the proposed model was quantified using five statistical metrics. As seen presented in Table 2 and Table 3, the proposed model outperformed the standard log-distance model, the COST234 Hata and Okumura Hata models by an average of 20%. 

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Statistical and Machine Learning Approach for Robust Assessment Modelling of Out-of-School Children Rate: Global Perspective

By Edith Edimo Joseph Joseph Isabona Sunday Dare Odaro Osayande Okiemute Roberts Omasheye

DOI:, Pub. Date: 8 Jun. 2023

The negative impact of out-of-school students' problems at the basic and high-school levels is always very weighty on the affected individuals, parents, and society at large. Owing to the weighty negative consequences, policymakers, different government agencies, educators and researchers have long been looking for how to effectively study and forecast the trends as a means of offering a concrete solution to the problem. This paper develops a better hybrid machine learning method, which combines the least square and support vector machine (LS-SVM) model for robust prediction improvement of out-of-school children trend patterns. Particularly, while other previous works only engaged some regional and few samples of out-of-school datasets, this paper focused on long-ranged global out-of-school datasets, collated by UNESCO between 1975- 2020. The proposed hybrid method exhibits the optimal precision accuracies with the LS-SVM model in comparison with ones made using the ordinary SVM model. The precision performance of both LS-SVM and SVM was quantified and a lower NRMSE value is preferred. From the results, the LS-SVM attained lower error values of 0.0164, 0.0221, 0.0268, 0.0209, 0.0158, 0.0201, 0.0147 and 0.0095 0.0188, compared to the SVM model that attained higher NRMSE values of 0.041, ,0.0628, 0.0381, 0.0490, 0.0501, 0.0493, 0.0514, 0.0617 and 0.0646, respectively. By engaging the MAPE indicator, which expresses the mean disconnection between the sourced and predicted values of the out-of-school data. By means of the MAPE, LS-SVM attained lower error values of 0.51, 1.88, 0.82, 2.38, 0.62, 2.55, 0.60, 0.60, 1.63 while SVM attained 1.83, 7.39, 1.79 7.01, 2.43, 8.79, 2.58, 4.13, 6.18. This implies that the LS-SVM model has better precision performance than the SVM model. The results attained in this work can serve as an excellent guide on how to explore hybrid machine-learning techniques to effectively study and predict out-of-school students among researchers and educators.

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Enhancing Lte Rss for a Robust Path Loss Analysis with Noise Removal

By Seyi E. Olukanni Joseph Isabona Ituabhor Odesanya

DOI:, Pub. Date: 8 Jun. 2023

Wavelet transform has become a popular tool for signal denoising due to its ability to analyze signals effectively in both time and frequency domains. This is important because the information that is not visible in the time domain can be seen in the frequency domain. However, there are many wavelet families and thresholding techniques (such as haar, Daubechies, symlets, coiflets, meyer Gaussian, morlet, etc) thatare available for the analysis of signals, and choosing the best out of them all is usually time-consuming, thus making it a difficult task for researchers. In this article, we proposed and applied a stepwise expository-based approach to identify the wavelet family and thresholding technique using real-time signal power data acquired from Long-Term Evolution (LTE). We found out from the results that Rigrsure thresholding with the Daubenchies family outperforms others when engaged in practical signal processing. The stepwise expository-based approach will be a relevant guide to effective signal processing over cellular networks, globally. For validation, different datasets were used for the analysis and Rigrsure outperforms the other thresholding techniques.

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