Game-theoretic resource management in cellular networks

Speaker : Chandramani Singh
IISc Bangalore
Date: 02/05/2012
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: LINCS Meeting Room 40


We pose a few resource management problems in cellular networks, and propose solutions based on game theory. First, we investigate cooperation among cellular service providers. We consider networks in which communications involving different base stations do not interfere. If providers jointly deploy and pool their resources, such as spectrum and BSs, and agree to serve each others customers, their aggregate payoff substantially increases. The potential of such cooperation can, however,be realized only if the providers intelligently determine who they would cooperate with, how they would deploy and share their resources, and howthey would share the aggregate payoff. We assume that the providers can arbitrarily share the aggregate payoff . Then, developing a rational basis for payoff sharing is imperative for the stability of the coalition. We address these issues by formulating cooperation using the theory of transferable utility coalitional games. I will briefly discuss two other resource allocation problems in cellular networks which are in the context of joint power control, BS association and BS placement in the uplinks of cellular networks.