University-wide, Talks & Lectures, Open to the Public, Alumni
21 Oct 2020
Zoom Webcast

ECE Distinguished Lecture Series: "Towards Resilient Smart Cities"

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Narayan Mandayam

Professor and Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rutgers University


Smart city operation requires the integration of critical infrastructures, such as transportation systems, wireless systems, water networks and power grids. These critical infrastructures will share energy, computing, wireless services, economic investments and most importantly users and operating personnel. These infrastructures typically face daily wear and tear; natural disasters, such as storms and earthquakes; and potential malicious attacks, such as cyber-attacks on the power grid or internet. Further, failures can spread from one infrastructure to others, and lead to cascading effects. Protecting smart cities from failures and damage requires making critical infrastructures resilient and reallocating resources toward recovery efforts. Further, understanding and influencing the behavior of people (end-users) is also essential since they use and share the different critical infrastructures. In this talk, using models from game theory (dynamic games and Colonel Blotto games), prospect theory and other behavioral theories, mechanisms into instilling such resilience in smart city design will be discussed.


Narayan B. Mandayam is a Distinguished Professor and Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rutgers University, where he also serves as Associate Director of the Wireless Information Network Laboratory (WINLAB). Using constructs from game theory, communications and networking, his work has focused on system modeling, information processing as well as resource management for enabling cognitive wireless technologies to support various applications. His recent work has focused on the use of prospect theory in understanding the psychophysics of pricing for wireless data networks as well as the smart grid. His recent interests also include enabling privacy in IoT, building resilience in smart city infrastructures as well as modeling and analysis of trustworthy knowledge creation on the internet. Dr. Mandayam is a co-recipient of the 2015 IEEE Communications Society Advances in Communications Award (given to the most impactful paper in the preceding 15 calendar years) for his work on power control and pricing, the 2014 IEEE Donald G. Fink Award for his IEEE Proceedings paper titled “Frontiers of Wireless and Mobile Communications” and the 2009 Fred W. Ellersick Prize from the IEEE Communications Society for his work on dynamic spectrum access models and spectrum policy. He is also a recipient of the Peter D. Cherasia Faculty Scholar Award from Rutgers University (2010), the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (1998), the Institute Silver Medal from the Indian Institute of Technology (1989), Kharagpur and its Distinguished Alumnus Award (2018). He is a Fellow and Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE.



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