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Communications Network Economics

Jianwei Huang, Chinese University of Hong Kong
12-1pm  12th May 2017

Abstract

Today’s communication networks are highly complex, carry heterogeneous traffic in diverse environments, and are often owned by multiple profit-making entities. To successfully maintain, optimize, and upgrade such large distributed networks, it is important to design new economic incentive mechanisms as well as develop new technologies. The market deregulation of the telecommunication industry in many countries makes such economic consideration even more urgent, as there are often conflicting goals between the regulators and the commercial operators.

We will first illustrate how economics can help us better understand the networking industry reality, predict user behaviors, envision new network services, and provide policy recommendations. Then we will focus on the case study of incentive mechanisms for user-provided networks (UPNs). UPNs is a new communication paradigm, which enables users to improve their communications experiences by exploiting the diverse communication needs and resources of other users. The success of UPNs, however, relies on carefully designed incentive mechanisms that effectively encourage users’ voluntary participations and cooperations. We will introduce a new paradigm of cooperative video streaming based on the concept of UPN, where mobile users crowdsource their Internet connectivities and adaptively choose video downloading sequences and streaming qualities. We will introduce a multi-dimensional auction framework, which effectively incentivizes users to cooperate in a distributed fashion.

Short Bio

Jianwei Huang is an IEEE Fellow, a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Communications Society, and a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher in Computer Science. He is an Associate Professor and Director of the Network Communications and Economics Lab (ncel.ie.cuhk.edu.hk), in the Department of Information Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 2005, and worked as a Postdoc Research Associate at Princeton University during 2005-2007. His main research interests are in the area of network economics and games, with applications in wireless communications, networking, and smart grid. Dr. Huang is the co-recipient of 8 Best Paper Awards, including IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award in Wireless Communications in 2011, and Best (Student) Paper Awards from IEEE WiOpt 2015/2014/2013, IEEE SmartGridComm 2012, WiCON 2011, IEEE GLOBECOM 2010, and APCC 2009. He has co-authored six books, "Wireless Network Pricing," "Economics of Database-Assisted Spectrum Sharing," "Monotonic Optimization in Communication and Networking Systems," "Cognitive Mobile Virtual Network Operator Games," "Social Cognitive Radio Networks," and "Cooperative Traffic Off-Loading in Heterogeneous Cellular Networks." He received the CUHK Young Researcher Award in 2014 and IEEE ComSoc Asia-Pacific Outstanding Young Researcher Award in 2009.

Dr. Huang has served as an Editor of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, Editor of IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking, Editor of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Editor of IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications - Cognitive Radio Series, Editor and Associate Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Communications Society Technology News. He has served as a Guest Editor of IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, IEEE Network, and IEEE Communications Magazine. He also serves as a Co-Editor-in-Chief of Wiley Information and Communication Technology Series, an Area Editor of Springer Encyclopedia of Wireless Networks, and a Section Editor for Springer Handbook of Cognitive Radio. Dr. Huang has served as Chair of IEEE Communications Society Cognitive Network Technical Committee, Chair of IEEE Communications Society Multimedia Communications Technical Committee, and a Steering Committee Member of IEEE Transactions on Multimedia. He has served as the General/TPC/Symposium Co-Chair of IEEE WiOpt 2018/2017/2012, IEEE SDP 2017/2016/2015, IEEE ICCC 2015/2012, NetGCoop 2014, IEEE SmartGridComm 2014, IEEE GLOBECOM 2017/2013/2010, IWCMC 2010, and GameNets 2009. He is the recipient of IEEE ComSoc Multimedia Communications Technical Committee Distinguished Service Award in 2015 and IEEE GLOBECOM Outstanding Service Award in 2010.

Venue

Large Conference Room, O'Reilly Institute