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7th EAI International Conference on Game Theory for Networks

May 9, 2017 | Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Prof. Vincent Poor

Keynote Speech: Smart Grid: Games, Games & More Games


Smart grid involves the imposition of an advanced cyber layer atop the physical layer of the electricity grid, in order to improve the efficiency, security and cost of electricity use and distribution, and to allow for greater decentralization of power generation and management.  Because of the distributed nature of the grid and the fact that it incorporates many independent actors with disparate objectives, game theory plays a natural role in studying behavior within the grid.  This talk will discuss several particular problems in this context, including, among others, competitive privacy in which multiple grid entities seek an optimal trade-off between privacy lost and utility gained from information sharing; demand-side management, in which consumers actively manage resources (loads, storage and renewables); and attack construction, in which attackers seek optimal strategies for attacking the grid while defenders seek effective countermeasures.   These problems are naturally amenable to game theoretic formulations in several forms, including competitive games, coalition games, prospect theory, etc.


H. Vincent Poor is the Michael Henry Strater University Professor at Princeton University.  Prior to joining Princeton in 1990, he was on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During 2006-16, he served as Dean of Princeton’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. He has also held visiting appointments at a number of other universities, including most recently at Berkeley, Cambridge and Stanford. His research interests are primarily in the areas of information theory, statistical signal processing and stochastic analysis, with applications in wireless networks, smart grid and related fields.  Among his publications in these areas is the book Mechanisms and Games for Dynamic Spectrum Allocation (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

Dr. Poor is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences, and is a foreign member of the Royal Society. He is a former President of the IEEE Information Theory Society, and a former Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002 and the IEEE Education Medal in 2005. Recent recognition of his work includes the 2014 URSI Booker Gold Medal, the 2016 John Fritz Medal, the 2017 IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, and honorary doctorates and professorships from a number of universities.

Prof. Eitan Altman

Keynote Speech: Game theoretic analysis of network neutrality issues


Network neutrality is an approach for designing networks so as to avoid discrimination between packets according to their origin, destination, protocol they use etc. This approach has been at the heart of the Internet in its firt years. We focus here on non-neutrality issues that occur when Internet Service Provider (ISPs) request side payments from content providers (CPs). We study introduction of regulation of prices and study its impact on equilibrium demand and on the profits of various economic actors. The pricing is modelled as a sequential game and we study the impact of the order between the decisions.


Eitan Altman received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering (1984), the B.A. degree in physics (1984) and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering (1990), all from the Technion-Israel Institute, Haifa.  In 1990 he received his B.Mus. degree in music composition in Tel-Aviv university.  Since 1990, Dr. Altman has been a researcher at INRIA (National research institute in computer science and control).  He has been in the editorial boards of the journals Wireless Networks (WINET), Computer Networks (COMNET), Computer Communications (Comcom), J. Discrete Event Dynamic Systems (JDEDS), SIAM J. of Control and Optimisation (SICON), Stochastic Models, and Journal of Economy Dynamic and Control (JEDC).  He received the best paper award in the Networking 2006, in Globecom 2007, in IFIP Wireless Days 2009 and in CNSM 2011 (Paris) conferences.  His areas of interest include Network Engineering Games, social networks and their control and the analysis through game theoretical models of network neutrality issues.  He received in 2012 the Grand Prix de France Telecom from the French Academy of Sciences. On July 2014 he received the ISAACS Award from the Society of Dynamic Games for his contribution in game Theory. More information can be found at