The emergence of cooperation as a new communication paradigm and the need for self-organizing, decentralized, and autonomic wireless and communication networks, made it imperative to seek suitable analytical tools to analyze and study the behavior and interactions of the nodes in cooperative communication networks. In this context, this talk focuses on the use of cooperative game theory in its two main
branches: bargaining theory and coalitional games within next-generation cooperative networks. First, we will introduce the main concepts and building blocks of bargaining theory and we discuss its potential applications in communication networks. Then, we delve into coalitional game theory, discuss different game classes, while identifying fundamental components, key properties, and solution concepts. Finally, we will study different methodologies for applying coalitional games in several applications drawn from the state-of-the-art research in wireless and communication networks.
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