It is well known that economics plays an important role in the success of a
technology. Recently, researchers in electrical sciences are applying the tools
and techniques from the domain of economic theory to solve various problems
including that of networking. Use of pricing models to control congestion
related problems and inducing cooperation in ad hoc networks are just two
examples. Utility models, game theory, auction theory, etc. have been
successfully applied to various optimization problems. Researchers in NetMoC are
using such economic tools to solve problems in networking including wireless
networks. Some of there are
Pricing Games in Multi-Provider Heterogeneous Networks
In this research, we study the feasibility of dynamic pricing in a network
economic model, where customers have the option of choosing their service
provider from a pool of service providers, each providing multiple heterogeneous
services. Customers are provided with multi-mode enabled equipments to take
advantage of the heterogeneous services. We are trying to analyze the benefits
obtained by both the service providers and the customers in such competitive
multi-provider setting. We are using game theoretic approaches to formulate and
analyze the problem.
Auction Models for Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA)
Static allocation of spectrum to service providers creates an artificial
scarcity . sometimes the spectrum is under-utilized and sometimes over-utilized.
Through Dynamic spectrum access (DSA), we investigated how the spectrum can be
allocated and de-allocated to providers such that the usage is optimized. We are
trying to capture the conflict between spectrum owner (seller) and service
providers (buyers) using auction models. New auction models are being developed
that are intended for optimal spectrum allocation while marinating the interests
of sellers and buyers.
Games in Sensor Networks
The distributiveness of infrastructureless sensor networks calls for novel
methods that the sensor nodes can use to make decisions with local information.
Researchers in NetMoC are developing routing algorithms, MAC protocols, and
power control schemes that are based on games.
- Faculty: Mainak Chatterjee
- Students: Shamik Sengupta, Wenjing Wang