Game Theory for Wireless Communications and Networking

Zhang, Yan, Guizani, Mohsen


Used to explain complicated economic behavior for decades, game theory is quickly becoming a tool of choice for those serious about optimizing next generation wireless systems. Illustrating how game theory can effectively address a wide range of issues that until now remained unresolved, Game Theory for Wireless Communications and Networking provides a systematic introduction to the application of this powerful and dynamic tool.

This comprehensive technical guide explains game theory basics, architectures, protocols, security, models, open research issues, and cutting-edge advances and applications. It describes how to employ game theory in infrastructure-based wireless networks and multihop networks to reduce power consumption--while improving system capacity, decreasing packet loss, and enhancing network resilience. Providing for complete cross-referencing, the text is organized into four parts:

  1. Fundamentals--introduces the fundamental issues and solutions in applying different games in different wireless domains, including wireless sensor networks, vehicular networks, and OFDM-based wireless systems

  2. Power Control Games--considers issues and solutions in power control games

  3. Economic Approaches--reviews applications of different economic approaches, including bargaining and auction-based approaches

  4. Resource Management--explores how to use the game theoretic approach to address radio resource management issues

The book explains how to apply the game theoretic model to address specific issues, including resource allocation, congestion control, attacks, routing, energy management, packet forwarding, and MAC. Facilitating quick and easy reference to related optimization and algorithm methodologies, it supplies you with the background and tools required to use game theory to drive the improvement and development


Yan Zhang is currently heading the Wireless Networks research group at Simula Research Laboratory, Norway. He is also an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Informatics, at the University of Oslo, Norway. He received his PhD from the School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. From August 2006, he has been with Simula Research Laboratory, Norway (http: //

Zhang is an associate editor and serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Communication Systems (IJCS--Wiley), Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing (WCMC--Wiley), and Security and Communication Networks (Wiley). He is currently serving as the book series editor for the book series on Wireless Networks and Mobile Communications (Auerbach Publications, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group). He also serves as a guest coeditor for the Wiley WCMC special issue for best papers in the conference IWCMC 2009; ACM/Springer Multimedia Systems Journal special issue on Wireless Multimedia Transmission Technology and Application; Springer Journal of Wireless Personal Communications special issue on Cognitive Radio Networks and Communications; Interscience International Journal of Autonomous and Adaptive Communications Systems (IJAACS) special issue on Ubiquitous/Pervasive Services and Applications; EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking (JWCN) special issue on Broadband Wireless Access; IEEE Intelligent Systems special issue on Context-Aware Middleware and Intelligent Agents for Smart Environments; and Wiley Security and Communication Networks special issue on Secure Multimedia Communication. He is also a guest coeditor for Elsevier Computer Communications special issue on Adaptive Multicarrier Co