Communication Networks and Multi-Agent Systems

Communication Networks are a collection of transmitting and receiving stations or nodes that can be used to relay information from one node to another. It can also be used to collect information in the case of the nodes each being a sensor or source of information that should be communicated to a central location. The goal in communication networks is to achieve the maximum throughput (correctly decoded packets) with the smallest use of resources (e.g. energy, bandwidth).

Research in multi-agent systems addresses problems with both strategic and non-strategic agents. Multi-agent systems consist of many decision makers; each decision maker has private information about the system, and all decision makers have common information about the system. When the decision makers are non-strategic the resulting problems are static or dynamic teams. When the decision makers are strategic the resulting problems are either static or dynamic games, or mechanism design problems. We are investigating fundamental problems that arise in dynamic teams and mechanism design, and are motivated by wired and wireless communication networks, supply chain systems, cyber-physical systems,energy markets, and surveillance systems.


ECE Faculty

Anastasopoulos, Achilleas
Liu, Mingyan
Mahdavifar, Hessam
Pradhan, S. Sandeep
Stark, Wayne E.
Subramanian, Vijay