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Overview

The organizing committee is delighted to invite you to contribute to NetEcon 2018, held in conjunction with ACM SIGMETRICS 2018, on June 18, 2018, at Irvine, California, USA.

The emergence of the Internet as a global platform for computation and communication has sparked the development and deployment of many large-scale networked systems. Often these systems involve multiple stakeholders with divergent or even competing interests.  Unmitigated selfish behavior in these systems can lead to high inefficiency or even complete collapse. Research interest in the application of economic and game-theoretic principles to the design and analysis of networked systems has grown in recent years.

The aim of NetEcon is to foster discussions on the application of economic and game-theoretic models and principles to address challenges in the development of networks and network-based applications and services. The NetEcon Workshop also seeks to promote multi-disciplinary investigations in the role of incentives in communication and computation. NetEcon was established in 2006 (succeeding the P2PECON, IBC and PINS workshops) and merged with the W-PIN workshop in 2013.

We invite submission of extended abstracts describing original research on theoretical/methodological contributions or on applications to cases of interest. It is our hope that NetEcon will serve as a feeder workshop, with expanded and more polished versions of the NetEcon extended abstracts submitted to major conferences and refereed journals of the relevant research communities.

Important Dates

Submission deadline (firm): April 30, 2018
Notification to authors: May 22, 2018
Camera ready version due: June 4, 2018
Workshop at Irvine, CA: June 18, 2018

Invited Speakers

Jacob LaRiviere, Microsoft
Vijay Vazirani, University of California Irvine
Adam Wierman, California Institute of Technology

Topics

Topics of interest to NetEcon’18 include but are not restricted to:

  • Pricing of resources in communication networks, grids, and cloud computing
  • Pricing of information goods and services; copyright issues, effect of network externalities (e.g., in social networks)
  • Economic issues in universal broadband access; economics of interconnection and peering
  • Effects of market structure and regulations (e.g., network neutrality, differential pricing and zero rating)
  • Economics of network security and privacy; valuation of personal data
  • Auctions with applications to networks: spectrum auctions, auction-based marketplaces for network and cloud resources
  • Incentive mechanisms for networks: peer-to-peer systems, clouds, wireless networks, spam prevention, security
  • Economics issues in E-commerce systems
  • Methods for engineering incentives and disincentives (e.g., reputation, trust, control, accountability, anonymity)
  • Empirical studies of strategic behavior (or the lack thereof) in existing, deployed systems
  • Design of incentive-aware network architectures and protocols
  • Game-theoretic models and techniques for network economics: large games, learning, mechanism design, interaction of game theory and information theory or queuing theory, information exchange, diffusion, dynamics of cooperation and network formation, trades in social and economic networks
  • Algorithmic mechanism design for network systems
  • Critiques of existing models and solution concepts, as well as proposals of better models and solution concepts

Studies of open collaboration, peer production, crowdsourcing, and human computation.

Information about previous NetEcon workshops can be accessed at  http://netecon.eurecom.fr/

Submission Formatting Guidelines & Proceedings

Submissions must be in the form of extended abstracts of at most 6 pages in the standard two-column format of ACM proceedings (including all figures, tables, references, etc.) containing all important results to allow evaluation of the novelty and scope of the contribution. In case 6 pages are not sufficient to provide enough information (e.g., proofs) to properly substantiate the paper’s results, we encourage the authors to provide supplementary material either as a clearly marked appendix (without page limit) or by including a link to the full version of their extended abstract. Such supplementary material will, however, be read only at the discretion of the PC members and will not appear in the proceedings in case of acceptance.

Papers should be submitted through the submission website:
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=netecon2018

Note that authors for whom publication of a 6-page extended abstract in the NetEcon proceedings would preclude later publication of an expanded version in the relevant venue may elect to contribute only a one-page abstract of their submitted extended abstract to the NetEcon proceedings. Such an abstract should include the URL of a working paper or preprint that contains the main results presented at the NetEcon workshop. Authors can make this decision after receiving a notice of acceptance.

The workshop proceedings will be published by ACM and available through the ACM Digital Library (DL). Authors will need to assign publication rights to ACM either in the form of a copyright assignment or a license grant as described on ACM’s copyright policy page. In addition, a table-of-content of the workshop’s papers will be posted that will offer permanent free access to the DL version of the papers using the ACM OpenTOC service.

Committees

Steering Committee

John Chuang, University of California Berkeley
Nick Feamster, Princeton University
Joan Feigenbaum, Yale University
Daniel Grosu, Wayne State University
Patrick Loiseau, Univ. Grenoble Alpes and Max Planck Institute for Software Systems — chair
Paul Spirakis, University of Liverpool and Computer Technology Institute & Press “Diophantus”
R. Srikant, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Milan Vojnovic, London School of Economics
Jean Walrand, University of California Berkeley

PC chairs

Ian Kash, University of Illinois at Chicago
John C.S. Lui, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Technical Program Committee

Siddhartha Banerjee, Cornell University
Liad Blumrosen, Hebrew University
Yang Cai, McGill University
Sofia Ceppi, PROWLER.io
Augustin Chaintreau, Columbia University
kc Claffy, CAIDA, University of California San Diego
Costas Courcoubetis, SIngapore University of Technology and Design
Amogh Dhamdhere, CAIDA, University of California San Diego
Constantine Dovrolis, Georgia Institute of Technology
Paul Duetting, London School of Economics
David Easley, Cornell University
Rachid El-Azouzi, CERI, Universite d’Avignon
Hu Fu, The University of British Columbia
Jens Grossklags, Technical University of Munich
Roch Guerin, Washington University in Saint Louis
Nidhi Hegde, Nokia Bell Labs
Michael Honig, Northwestern University
Jianwei Huang, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Nicole Immorlica, Microsoft Research
Stratis Ioannidis, Northeastern University
Krisnamurthy Iyer, Cornell University
Carlee Joe-Wong, Carnegie Mellon University
Vijay Kamble, University of Illinois at Chicago
Scott Kominers, Harvard University
Mingyan Liu, University of Michigan
Patrick Loiseau, Univ. Grenoble Alpes and Max Planck Institute for Software Systems
Brendan Lucier, Microsoft Research
Richard Ma, National University of Singapore
Patrick Maille, Telecom Bretagne
Reshef Meir, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
John Musacchio, University of California, Santa Cruz
Thanh Nguyen, Purdue University
Andrew Odlyzko, University of Minnesota
Sigal Oren, Ben-Gurion University
Renato Paes Leme, Google
Michael Schapira, Hebrew University
Grant Schoenebeck, University of Michigan
Nisarg Shah, University of Toronto
David Starobinski, Boston University
Nicolas Stier, Facebook
Adrian Vetta, McGill University
Steven Weber, Drexel University
Matt Weinberg, Princeton University

Additional Information

For more information, please visit the workshop website:

http://www.cse.cuhk.edu.hk/~cslui/NetEcon2018/

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Matt, Nicole and Ruta are organizing an AGT mentoring workshop (AMW) at EC this year on Monday, June 18 (on the same day as tutorials). Here is the announcement:

This year AGT Mentoring Workshop (AMW) is taking place with EC’18 on Monday, June 18, 2018. The primary goal of the workshop is to provide early-stage researchers, students to be specific, the background, both from a technical and mentoring perspective, to start a successful research career in Algorithmic Game Theory.

The workshop will include:
* technical talks covering basics of topics prominent in the EC’18 program.
* Lunch with senior researchers
* mentoring talks + panels on topics like publication venues, internships, academic jobs, etc.

We have limited funding to support full/partial expenses to attend the workshop as well as EC’18. Interested students can apply here. The application deadline is April 27th. We will accept applications past this date, but only applications received on time are guaranteed full consideration.

Please submit the form if you are interested in attending the workshop, regardless if you need funding or not. This will help us get a clear head-count for organizational purposes.

For funding, preference may be given to students early in their carrier who may find it difficult to arrange for funds. We especially encourage applications from women and other underrepresented groups.

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