Mobile Computing and Systems: Where is the Tofu? A Discussion with
Programs Directors from Agencies and Industry
Tuesday, Sep 11, 12:30-13:30
Organizer and Moderator: Stefano Basagni
Panel Co-chairs: Ioanis Nikolaidis, Martha Steenstrup
This panel aims at discussing perspectives and directions of research as seen from program directors of funding agencies and industry.
Program managers from different organizations will share the vision of their programs and the MobiCom and MobiHoc community will have the chance for questions and discussion.
Kristin M. Tolle (Microsoft Research, US)
Jie Wu (NSF)
Arvind Gupta (MITACS, Canada)
Bonobos Vs Chimps: Cooperative and Non-Cooperative
Behavior in Wireless Networks
Panel for Mobicom 2007
Jean-Pierre Hubaux, EPFL (organizer and moderator)
P. R. Kumar, UIUC
Joseph Mitola, MITRE Corp.
Heather Zheng, UCSB
Bonobos and chimpanzees are the apes that are genetically closest to human beings. Yet the former tend to be friendly with each other and prone to collaborate, whereas the latter are usually more nasty and selfish. A similar difference has been observed lately between the research efforts of physical layer specialists on one hand and those of wireless networkers on the other hand: the former focus on cooperation between wireless devices (beamforming,...), whereas the latter are obsessed by selfish (or non-cooperative) behavior. Yet, these behaviors are not necessarily exclusive: in some cases, the most egoistic attitude consists in cooperating.
The purpose of this panel is to bring together (human) specialists of each of the two camps. In particular, they will address the following issues:
- Does the word "cooperation" mean the same thing in each camp?
- How relevant are these issues in practice?
- Can a device be cooperative at the physical layer and non-cooperative at the other layers?
- How does cross-layer design come into the picture?
- What are the security implications (or requirements) of non-cooperative and cooperative behavior?
- Are the players only wireless devices, or can larger bodies (even wireless operators) exhibit (non)-cooperative behavior?
- Is game theory useful in designing distributed algorithms for cooperative wireless systems?
- Is the distinction made in game theory between cooperative and non-cooperative
games of some use in this framework?
- How do limits on available information affect the knowledge and rationality assumptions inherent in game theoretic models applied to wireless networks?
- What are the implications of all the above questions on cognitive radios and software-defined radios?
The audience will then be invited to participate in the debate.
Note: Dr. Mitola's affiliation with the MITRE Corporation does not imply the endorsement of MITRE nor any of its sponsors of this activity.
Short Biography of the Panelists
Jean-Pierre Hubaux is a professor at the
Ramesh Johari is an assistant professor in Management Science and
Engineering, Electrical Engineering (by courtesy), and Computer Science (by
P. R. Kumar is a professor at the Dept. of Electrical and
Computer Engineering of the
Joseph Mitola III is a consulting scientist with the MITRE Corporation. He is considered by many in the wireless industry as the father of Software Defined Radio (SDR) technology. In 1999, he was elected to chair what became the SDR Forum, an international wireless industry association. In 2002, he received the Outstanding Achievement Award for his efforts in the research and development of SDR technology by the SDR Forum. In 2006 he wrote a book entitled "Cognitive Radio Architecture". His research focuses on integrating machine learning into software-defined radio.
Heather Zheng is an assistant professor at the Dept. of Computer
Science of the
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