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Advanced Networks Colloquium: Jianwei Huang, "Communications Network Economics"
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
11:00 a.m.
1146 AV Williams Building
For More Information:
Kimberly Edwards

Communications Network Economics

Jianwei Huang
Department of Information Engineering
Chinese University of Hong Kong

Seminar at 11 am; roundtable at 2 pm; both in 1146 AVW

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.

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 currently an Associate Professor and Director of the Network Communications and Economics Lab (, in the Department of Information Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received the Ph.D. degree from Northwestern University in 2005, and worked as a Postdoc Research Associate at Princeton University during 2005-2007.

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," "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 Associate Editor of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, and IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications - Cognitive Radio Series. He has served as the Chair of IEEE ComSoc Cognitive Network Technical Committee and Multimedia Communications Technical Committee. He has served as General/TPC/Symposium Chairs of IEEE WiOpt 2018/2017/2012, IEEE SDP 2017/2016/2015, IEEE GLOBECOM 2017/2013/2010, IEEE ICCC 2015/2012, NetGCoop 2014, IEEE SmartGridComm 2014, IWCMC 2010, and GameNets 2009.

This Event is For: Graduate • Undergraduate • Faculty • Post-Docs

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