Keynote:The Impact of Intermittent Spectrum on Wireless Service Competition

The combination of the rising demands for wireless data and the lack of spectrum to support these demands has led to much interest in sharing spectrum. In particular, an area of current focus is sharing federal spectrum with commercial users, where commercial users have to vacate the spectrum whenever it is needed by the incumbent federal users. For a commercial wireless service providers, such spectrum can be viewed as a intermittently available resource.  We will consider different ways of licensing such intermittent spectrum and consider how these approaches can impact the competition among wireless service providers and the resulting economic welfare of end users.
This is joint work with Michael Honig, Thanh Nguyen, Vijay Subramanian, and Rakesh Vohra.
Randall Berry (Professor of EECS, Northwestern University)
Randall Berry joined Northwestern University in 2000, where he is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He received the M.S. and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 1996 and 2000, respectively. Dr. Berry has served as an editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and the  IEEE Transactions on Information Theory as well as a guest editor for the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communication and the IEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Signal Processing. He has served on the program and organizing committees of numerous conferences including serving as the co-chair of the 2012 IEEE Communication Theory Workshop and a technical co-chair of 2010 IEEE ICC Wireless Networking Symposium. Dr. Berry’s research interests include resource allocation in network systems and network economics. His work has won best paper awards at the 2015 IEEE SDP workshop and the 2016 WiOpt conference. Dr. Berry is an IEEE fellow and the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award.

Technical Program

13:30 – 13:35
13:35 – 15:00
Session I
Chair: Sangtae Ha
Smart Parking Pricing: A Machine Learning Approach
Eran Simhon, Christopher Liao, David Starobinski (Boston University, USA)
Pricing and Bidding Strategies for Cloud Computing Spot Instances
Jiayi Song and Roch Guérin (Washington University in St. Louis, USA)

Multicommodity Games in Public-Cloud Markets Considering Subadditive Resource Demands
George Kesidis, Neda Nasiriani, Yuquan Shan, Bhuvan Urgaonkar (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
Ioannis Lambadaris (Carleton University, Canada)
Volume-Based Pricing with Guaranteed Data Rate
Behdad Heidarpour and Zbigniew Dziong (École de Technologie Supérieure, Canada)
Wing Cheong Lau (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
15:00 – 15:30
Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:15
Session II
Chair: Carlee Joe-Wong
Incentive Design for Ad-Sponsored Content: Results from a Randomized Trial
Soumya Sen, Gordon Burtch, Alok Gupta (University of Minnesota, USA)
Rudiger Rill (University of Colorado, USA)
Contracts as Entry Barriers for Unlicensed Spectrum
Yining Zhu, Randall A. Berry (Northwestern University, USA)
16:15 – 17:15
Keynote Session
Chair: Jianwei Huang
Randall A. Berry (Northwestern University, USA)
The Impact of Intermittent Spectrum on Wireless Service Competition
17:15 – 17:30
Best Paper Award Ceremony and Closing Remarks