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DTC Science and Technology Innovators Lecture Series

Multi-Agent Networked Systems with Adversarial Elements


Tamer Başar
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
3:30 p.m. reception
4:00 p.m. lecture

401/402 Walter Library

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BasarThe recent emergence of multi-agent networks has brought about several non-traditional and non-standard requirements on strategic decision-making, thus challenging the governing assumptions of traditional control and game theory. Some of these requirements stem from factors such as: (i) limitations on memory, (ii) limitations on computation and communication capabilities, (iii) heterogeneity of decision makers (machines versus humans), (iv) heterogeneity and sporadic failure of channels that connect the information sources (sensors) to decision units (strategic agents), (v) limitations on the frequency of exchanges between different decision units and the actions taken by the agents, (vi) operation being conducted in a hostile environment where disturbances are controlled by adversarial agents, (vii) lack of cooperation among multiple decision units, and (viii) lack of a common objective shared by multiple control stations. These all lead to substantial degradation in performance and loss in efficiency if appropriate mechanisms are not in place. The talk will identify the underlying challenges, particularly those that are brought about by the adversarial nature of the environment, and offer solutions in some specific contexts.


Tamer Başar has been with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1981, where he currently holds the academic positions of Swanlund Endowed Chair; Center for Advanced Study Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Professor, Coordinated Science Laboratory; and Professor, Information Trust Institute. His undergraduate degree is from Robert College (Istanbul; BSEE), and graduate degrees from Yale University. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering; Fellow of IEEE, IFAC, and SIAM; a past president of IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS); the founding president of the International Society of Dynamic Games (ISDG); and past president of American Automatic Control Council (AACC). He has received several awards and recognitions over the years, including the Bode Lecture Prize of IEEE CSS, Quazza Medal of IFAC, Bellman Heritage Award of AACC, Isaacs Award of ISDG, and several international honorary doctorates and professorships. Dr. Başar has authored or co-authored over 600 publications in systems, control, communications, and dynamic games, including books on non-cooperative dynamic game theory, robust control, network security, wireless and communication networks, and stochastic networked control systems. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Automatica, and editor of several book series.