Adversarial control in a delay tolerant network

Eitan Altman, Tamer Başar, Veeraruna Kavitha

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We consider a multi-criteria control problem that arises in a delay tolerant network with two adversarial controllers: the source and the jammer. The source's objective is to choose transmission probabilities so as to maximize the probability of successful delivery of some content to the destination within a deadline. These transmissions are subject to interference from a jammer who is a second, adversarial type controller, We solve three variants of this problem: (1) the static one, where the actions of both players, u and w, are constant in time; (2) the dynamic open loop problem in which all policies may be time varying, but independent of state, the number of already infected mobiles; and (3) the dynamic closed-loop feedback policies where actions may change in time and may be specified as functions of the current value of the state (in which case we look for feedback Nash equilibrium). We obtain some explicit expressions for the solution of the first game, and some structural results as well as explicit expressions for the others. An interesting outcome of the analysis is that the latter two games exhibit switching times for the two players, where they switch from pure to mixed strategies and vice versa. Some numerical examples included in the paper illustrate the nature of the solutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDecision and Game Theory for Security - First International Conference, GameSec 2010, Proceedings
Number of pages20
StatePublished - 2010
Event1st International Conference on Decision and Game Theory for Security, GameSec 2010 - Berlin, Germany
Duration: Nov 22 2010Nov 23 2010

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume6442 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other1st International Conference on Decision and Game Theory for Security, GameSec 2010


  • Delay-tolerant networks
  • nonzero-sum game
  • switching strategies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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