Special Issue "Game Theory in Communication Networks"
A special issue of Games (ISSN 2073-4336).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 April 2014)
For more than sixty years, game theory has been of interest for researchers working in areas ranging from economics and politics to sociology and computer science. One of the areas of most recent interest is its application in engineering and especially in communication networks. Game theory provides a powerful mathematical framework for modeling strategic interactions between selfish or cooperating players. In a communication network these players could be network entities, such as Internet service providers, routers or even the users themselves. The inherently distributed nature of game-theoretic models makes them attractive as basis for design of network protocols and decentralized control schemes. Game theory applications in communication networks range from power control in different multiuser environments, routing and congestion control in the Internet, to sensor communications, peer-to-peer and ad-hoc networks. Such applications can involve either cooperative or non-cooperative games, single-shot or repeated games, finite or continuous-strategy games. At the same time, communication networks provide new avenues for research in game theory, either by leading to new classes of games, new equilibrium concepts, or new computational challenges. Such research examples are computation of equilibria in networks, dealing with imperfect information, and extending the game setup to a dynamic process by which equilibrium is to be achieved in networks.
This special issue aims to bring together research contributions on game theory in communication networks. We specially encourage studies that demonstrate the capabilities of game theory in understanding and designing such networks, in dynamic models and scenarios, as well as complex network scenarios that advance game-theoretic models. We seek original completed and unpublished work not currently under review by any other journal/magazine. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
Game theoretical analysis/design of communication networks
- Resource allocation in communication networks
- Game-theoretic medium access control, routing, and congestion control
- Game theory in peer-to-peer and overlay networks
- Game theoretic security and privacy
Game-theoretic models in communication networks
- Nash equilibria and dynamic bargaining models
- Stackelberg and Wardrop equilibria
- Evolutionary, multi-stage or repeated games
- Spatial and graphical network games
General game-theoretic techniques in networks
- Efficiency loss (i.e., price of anarchy)
- Games with imperfect or asymmetric information
- Learning in games
- New equilibrium concepts relevant in communications
- Equilibrium computation in networks
Prof. Dr. Lacra Pavel
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