ECE 49595 - Game Theory for Electrical and Computer Engineering

Course Details

Lecture Hours: 3 Credits: 3

Counts as:

  • EE Elective
  • CMPE Special Content Elective

Normally Offered:


ECE 30200 and MA 26500

Requisites by Topic:

Linear Algebra and Probability

Catalog Description:

This course introduces the basics and framework of game theory. Students will understand the application of game theory to model problems in decision making when multiple decision makers are present. An emphasis will be laid on the strong relevance of game theory to engineered systems through examples. Although the course will strive to be rigorous, the emphasis will be on breadth and intuition.

Required Text(s):


Recommended Text(s):

  1. An Introduction to Game Theory , 1st Edition , Martin J. Osbourne , Oxford University Press , 2004 , ISBN No. 13-978-0195128956
  2. Non-Cooperative Game Theory: An Introduction for Engineers and Computer Scientists , Joao P. Hespanha , Princeton University Press , 2017 , ISBN No. 13-978-0691175218

Learning Outcomes:

A student who successfully fulfills the course requirements will have demonstrated an ability to:
  1. formulate multi-objective problems with multiple decision makers. [None]
  2. identify various solution concepts for such problems. [None]
  3. understand properties of various solutions for such problems. [None]
  4. apply this framework to engineering problems. [None]

Lecture Outline:

Lectures Lecture Topics
2 An introduction to Game Theory.
2 Dominant Strategies and Iterated Dominance
3 Pure Strategy Nash Equilibrium
3 Mixed Strategy Nash Equilibrium
2 Efficiency and Fairness
3 Dynamic Games of Perfect and Complete Information
2 Stackelberg Games
3 Dynamic Games of Imperfect and Complete Information
2 Bargaining
3 Repeated Games
2 Static Games of Incomplete Information
2 Auctions
3 The Principal Agent Problem
3 Network Routing
2 Network Externalities
3 Learning in Games
3 Cooperative Games

Engineering Design Consideration(s):

  • Economic

Assessment Method:

Homework and Projects