The Department of Computer Science at the University of Cyprus cordially invites you to the PhD Defense entitled:
Cooperative Interactions in Converged Heterogeneous Communication Networks
Speaker: Josephina Antoniou
Next Generation Communication Networks employ the idea of convergence, where heterogeneous access technologies may co-exist. Since in this new network model, a user (or a set of users) may be served by any (one or many) of the multiple, available access networks, the emergence of a new resource management mechanism is motivated to handle the selection of the most appropriate access network(s) for supporting a user request for a service (or a particular service demand). This new mechanism is known as Network Selection. The triggering and execution of the Network Selection mechanism becomes a challenging task due to the heterogeneity of the entities involved, i.e. the user(s) and the access network(s). This heterogeneity results in different and often conflicting interests for these entities. Since cooperation between these entities, if achieved, is expected to be beneficial, we pose the following question: Can cooperation be motivated in interactive situations related to Network Selection, and if yes, is it beneficial for the interacting entities? In pursue of answering this question, this thesis isolates and studies three different interactive situations between user(s) and network(s) in a heterogeneous environment, which are related to Network Selection and proposes appropriate modes of behaviour that allow the interacting entities to achieve own satisfaction, despite their conflicting interests.
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