• The extended abstracts and presentation slides are now available on the program page

  • The workshop will take place on Monday, in the department of Computing of Imperial College, London, which is in the Huxley building (see directions here). If you enter through this entrance (address: Department of Computing, Imperial College London, 180 Queen's Gate, London, SW7 2RH), there will be directions to the registration desk and to the W-PIN room (room 311). The room will open at 8:30am for registration/welcoming of the participants, and the program will start at 9am.

  • The program is now visible on the program page

  • We will have exciting keynotes by
    • Andrew Odlyzko, Professor in the School of Mathematics, University of Minnesota (Minneapolis)

    • Tommaso Valletti, Professor of Economics at Imperial College Business School (London) and titular Professor of the “Innovation & Regulation in Digital Services” Chair at Telecom ParisTech and Ecole Polytechnique (Paris)

Call for papers [pdf]

Today's communication networks 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 pure engineering performance considerations. Instead, they must be accompanied by the right economic incentive mechanisms. Recent changes in regulations of the telecommunication industry make such economic considerations even more urgent. For instance, new debates such as the network neutrality debate have a significant impact on the evolution of communication networks. On the other hand, communication networks support an ever growing economic activity based on applications and services such as cloud computing, social networks, peer-to-peer networks, etc. These applications pose new challenges such as the development of good pricing mechanisms taking into account the network characteristics. In relation to these applications, security and privacy questions also require consideration of economic aspects to be fully understood.

The aim of the W-PIN workshop 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. We invite submission of original papers not currently under review by another venue, describing research work on theoretical/methodological contributions or on applications to cases of interest for the workshop. Submission of early research results and work-in-progress is encouraged. Industrial applications and position papers presenting novel ideas, issues, challenges and directions are also welcome if they can contribute to the workshop discussion.

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

  • Pricing of network resources and congestion control
  • Pricing and resource allocation in Clouds
  • Effect of network structure (e.g., social network) on pricing of goods
  • Effect of market structure and regulations (e.g., network neutrality)
  • Economic issues in universal broadband access and economics of peering
  • Pricing of copyrighted goods distributed online (with or without network structure)
  • Economics of networks security and privacy
  • Monetization of private data
  • Auctions for networks: spectrum auctions, auction-based marketplaces for network and cloud resources trading
  • Incentive mechanisms for networks (peer-to-peer, decongestion, cooperation in wired and wireless networks, etc.)
  • Design of incentive-aware network architecture and protocols
  • Game-theoretic models and techniques for network economics (large games, mean-field games, learning, mechanism design, interaction of game theory and information theory or queueing theory, etc.)

Submission formatting guidelines

Submissions must be in the form of extended abstracts of 2-4 pages, including all figures, tables, references, appendices, etc. They must be in PDF format, 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 there are no copyright issues with PER: authors retain the copyright of their work with freedom to submit it elsewhere.

Important Dates

  • Tuesday May 1, 2012, 23:59 EDT: Extended Abstract Submission
  • Tuesday May 15, 2012: Author Notification
  • Monday June 11, 2012: Workshop
  • July 31, 2012: Final Versions Due