• We are organizing a theme section of ACM Transactions on Internet Technology on Pricing and Incentives in Networks and Systems. The submission deadline is September 30, 2103. Check out the call for paper and prepare your submissions!
  • The workshop is now over and was a great success. Thank you all for your participation!
  • The technical program is now available on the program page.
  • The early registration deadline has been extended to on June 10. See the registration page.
  • This year, we will have invited talks by
    • Mung Chiang, Professor, Electrical Engineering, Princeton University
    • Ramesh Johari, Associate Professor, Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University
    • Adrian Vetta, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics & Statistics and School of Computer Science, McGill University
    • Adam Wierman, Professor, Department of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Caltech

  • This year, the W-PIN and NetEcon workshops have decided to join forces and we are excited to announce W-PIN+NetEcon 2013: The joint Workshop on Pricing and Incentives in Networks and Systems, to be held in conjunction with ACM SIGMETRICS 2013 in Pittsburgh, on Friday June 21, 2013. We hope that this event can gather a large community of researchers from different fields interested in networks and systems economics for a day of exciting talks and posters. All information will be posted on this webpage soon. We look forward to seeing you all at W-PIN+NetEcon 2013!

Call for papers

Today's communication networks and networked systems are highly complex and heterogeneous, and are often owned by multiple profit-making entities. For new technologies or infrastructure designs to be adopted, they must not be only based on sound engineering performance considerations but also present the right economic incentives. Recent changes in regulations of the telecommunication industry make such economic considerations even more urgent. For instance, new concerns such as network neutrality have a significant impact on the evolution of communication networks.

At the same time, communication networks and networked systems support increasing economic activity based on applications and services such as cloud computing, social networks, and peer-to-peer networks. These applications pose new challenges such as the development of good pricing and incentive mechanisms to promote effective system-wide behavior. In relation to these applications, security and privacy also require consideration of economic aspects to be fully understood.

The aim of W-PIN+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. W-PIN+NetEcon was formed as a merger of the successful NetEcon (earlier P2PECON, IBC and PINS workshops) and W-PIN workshops. 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 W-PIN+NetEcon will serve as a feeder workshop, i.e., that expanded, polished versions of extended abstracts will appear later in major conference proceedings and refereed journals of relevant research communities.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Pricing of resources in communication networks, grids, and cloud computing
  • Pricing of online goods, copyright issues, effect of network structure (e.g., social network)
  • Economic issues in universal broadband access and economics of peering
  • Effect of market structure and regulations (e.g., network neutrality)
  • Economics of networks security and privacy
  • Auctions and 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
  • 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 architecture 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
  • Critiques of existing models and solution concepts, as well as proposals of better models and solution concepts
  • Studies of polarization, online collaboration, crowdsourcing, and human computation

Submission formatting guidelines

Submissions must be in the form of extended abstracts of 3-4 pages, including all figures, tables, references, appendices, etc. They must be in PDF and formatted according to the standard alternate ACM PER double column format using letter paper. You are encouraged to use the ACM sig-alternate-per latex template (

Accepted extended abstracts will be published in a special issue of ACM Performance Evaluation Review (PER) and will be available online through ACM portal digital library. Authors of accepted abstracts grant ACM permission to publish them in print and digital formats.

Note that authors retain the copyright of their work published in ACM PER, with freedom to submit it elsewhere. Yet, authors for whom publication of a 3-4 pages extended abstract in the W-PIN+NetEcon 2013 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 W-PIN+NetEcon 2013 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 will make this decision after receiving a notice of acceptance.

Important Dates

  • Monday April 15, 2013, 23:59 PDT: Submission deadline
  • Monday May 6, 2013: Notification to authors
  • Monday June 10, 2013: Final version due
  • Friday June 21, 2013: Workshop in Pittsburgh