Abstract: Strategic information transmission refers to a variation (and a substantial one) of the standard paradigm of information transmission in communication (design of an encoder and a decoder in unison to minimize some distortion measure), where now the encoder and the decoder have (intentionally) misaligned objectives. This leads to a non-cooperative game with a dynamic (non-classical) information structure, where one can adopt as a solution concept either the Nash or the Stackelberg equilibrium. The talk will introduce this class of problems, which have been of interest to multiple communities, including economics, information theory, communication, signal processing, networking, and control, having picked up considerable steam very recently. As an overview of the topic, both old and new results will be presented, with one of the highlights (and perhaps a surprising element) being that there appears to be a major difference between the structures of the solutions under Nash and Stackelberg equilibria, even when the channel is Gaussian and the (misaligned) distortion measures are quadratic. Strategic information transmission is an important underlying feature of deception games, which will be highlighted in the talk, along with non-trivial extensions to multi-stage scenarios, covering sensor networks, cyber-physical systems, and multi-agent systems, with adversarial intrusion and elements of deception.
Abstract: As a brand-new doctoral graduate looking for a teaching and research position at a university in the 80s, like many of you, I intended to join a major American university to solely focus on teaching and research and intentionally leave the "dirty" job of administration to the unwises. So I often said that I never wanted to be an administrator at a university. Never say "never"! In this speech I will share with you how I managed to expand my knowledge in linear time-varying multivariable control systems, which you could guess stemmed from my doctoral dissertation to obtain my first grant as a small purchase from NASA to investigate closed-kinematic chain mechanism (CKCM) for potential development of robot manipulators for space applications. This initial grant enabled me to ultimately receive a multi-million dollar grant from NASA to develop one of the first CKCM robot end-effectors for high-precision assembly and maintenance of the International Space Station (ISS). Along the way, we solved a number of issues of CKCM manipulators including dynamics, kinematics and intelligent control of these robots. I will also share how I as a very passionately administration-resisting person became a department chair and then a four-term dean of an engineering college totalling 20 years of administration. Key characteristics for a successful academic leader will be presented. Along with the discussion of the dos and don'ts of an administrative job, the stark difference between a manager and a leader will be reviewed. The notion of avoidable and unavoidable enemies in administration will be discussed. Finally I will demonstrate the usefulness of fuzzy logic in successful administration.
|Regular Papers Due||June 24, 2022|
|Special Sessions Papers Due||June 24, 2022|
|Special Sessions of 4 papers Due||June 24, 2022|
|Acceptance||July 10, 2022|
|Final manuscripts upload and early registration||Sept. 8, 2022|
|First Day of WAC 2022||Oct. 11, 2022|
|Last Day of WAC 2022||Oct. 15, 2022|