Strategy: An Introduction to game Theory


Prof. Aditya K. Jagannatham

Prof. Vimal Kumar

IIT Kanpur

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Games or ‘Strategic Interactions’ can be found in all walks of life. Examples of such scenarios are two firms competing for market share, politicians contesting elections, different bidders participating in an auction for wireless spectrum, coal blocks etc. Game theory provides a convenient framework to model and interpret the behavior of participants in such strategic interactions. Hence it can be applied to solve a wide variety of problems involving diverse areas such as Markets, Auctions, Online Retail, Cold War, Paying Taxes, Bargaining, Elections, Portfolio Management etc. Therefore, both undergraduate and postgraduate students and professionals from diverse backgrounds such as Scientists, Engineers, Managers, Politicians and Political Scientists, Economists, Mathematicians etc will find the course content useful. Examples and exercises will be motivated by problems close to real life scenarios.


Students: Engineering, Management,Economics, Mathematics Professionals: Engineers, Scientists, Managers, Economists, Academicians, Policy Makers.


This is a undergraduate core course required as a foundation to other courses in Microwave, Optical, and Antenna engineering.


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Prof. Aditya K. Jagannatham received his Bachelors degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, San Diego, U.S.A. From April ’07 to May’09 he was employed as a senior wireless systems engineer at Qualcomm Inc., San Diego, California, where he was a part of the Qualcomm CDMA technologies (QCT) division. His research interests are in the area of next-generation wireless cellular and WiFi networks, with special emphasis on various 5G technologies such as massive MIMO, mmWave MIMO, FBMC, NOMA, Full Duplex and others. He has contributed to the 802.11n high throughput wireless LAN standard and has published extensively in leading international journals and conferences. He was awarded the CAL(IT)2 fellowship at the University of California San Diego and the Upendra Patel Achievement Award at Qualcomm.
He is currently a Professor in the Electrical Engineering department at IIT Kanpur, where he holds the Arun Kumar Chair Professorship, and is also associated with the BSNL-IITK Telecom Center of Excellence(BITCOE). He has been twice awarded the P.K. Kelkar Young Faculty Research Fellowship for excellence in research, the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship (QInF) and the IIT Kanpur Excellence in Teaching Award. His popular video lectures for the NPTEL(National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning) course on Advanced 3G and 4G Wireless Mobile Communications can found at the following YouTube link ( NPTEL 3G/4G ). He has also successfully conducted several Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on various topics such as Applied Game Theory, MIMO OFDM Wireless Systems, Probability and Random Processes, Signals and Systems, Principles of Communication Systems, which have been widely adopted and appreciated. A book authored by him titled Principles of Modern Wireless Communications Systems has been published by McGraw Hill Education and comprehensively covers several key aspects of modern wireless technologies.

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After receiving a Ph.D. in Economics from University of California Irvine in 2008, Vimal Kumar worked in the research division of a multinational firm called Watson Wyatt Worldwide for a year. In June 2009, he joined Indian Institute of technology Kanpur. Initially, he worked as an Assistant Professor of Economics and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2015.

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Course Details

Week 1: Normal Games and Nash Equilibrium.
Week 2: Mixed Strategies.
Week 3: Sequential Games.
Week 4: Games with Incomplete Information.
Week 5: Auctions
Week 6: Repeated Games
Week 7: Cooperative Games
Week 8: Bargaining and Negotiation


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