Allen B. MacKenzie

DySPAN Tutorial

On April 6, Dr. MacKenzie and Dr. Luiz DaSilva will give a half-day tutorial entitled “Game Theory for Cognitive Radio Networks” at the IEEE Symposium on New Frontiers in Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks (DySPAN) in Singapore. Registration for the conference and the tutorials is now open.

If you can’t make it to Singapore, a similar tutorial is planned for the Wireless @ Virginia Tech Symposium & Summer School in June.

Game theory is a field of applied mathematics that describes and analyzes interactive decisions. Its ability to model individual, independent decision makers whose actions potentially affect others makes game theory particularly suitable to studying the environments in which cognitive radios operate. In this half-day tutorial, we will describe some of the main applications of game theory to cognitive networks. These include: models of cooperation and coexistence among cognitive radios and between cognitive radios and legacy users; spectrum auctions and other economic models; and the modeling of partial or incomplete information in decision making.

We will address the following topics:

  • Motivation: a case for game theory in cognitive radio research
  • Game theory basics
  • Power control and interference games
  • Distributed channel assignment and topology control games
  • Cooperative models of dynamic spectrum access
  • Real time spectrum markets
  • Mechanism design: truth telling and incentive compatibility

Update: Slides are now available hereĀ [PDF, 7.3 MB].

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