Optimization and Network Game Theory Group

Group Photo

(Left to Right: Noah Stein, Ishai Menache, Ilan Lobel, Prof. Ozdaglar, Kostas Bimpikis, Ozan Candogan, Ali ParandehGheibi)

The research in our group spans the areas of optimization theory, with emphasis on nonlinear optimization and distributed optimization methods, game theory, network economics, and network optimization and control. The group focuses on problems that arise in the analysis and optimization of large scale dynamic multi-agent networked systems, including communication networks, transportation networks, and social and economic networks.

Current Group Members

Graduate Students

Postdoctoral Associates

Former Group Members

Graduate Students

  • Assistant Professor - Department of Electricial Engineering and Computer Science, Northwestern University
  • Assistant Professor - Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
  • Algorithm Architect - Plexxi Inc.
  • Paul Njoroge
    Consultant - Liberty Mutual
  • Research Scientist - Lyric Semiconductor
  • Assistant Professor - Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
  • Instructor - Department of Mathematical Sciences, US Military Academy, West Point
  • Assistant Professor - Stern School of Business, NYU
  • Assistant Professor - MIT Economics Department

Postdoctoral Associates

  • Otto Poon Research Fellow - Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), University of Oxford
  • Assistant Professor - Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
  • Assistant Professor - Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
  • Assistant Professor - Decision, Risk, and Operations Division, Columbia Business School, Columbia University
  • Research Manager - Social Media and Networks Division, Accenture Labs
  • Researcher - Microsoft Research
  • Bell Laboratories, Alcatel-Lucent
  • Assistant Professor - Ohio State University


Current Research Grants

  • NSF - FORCES: Foundations Of Resilient Cyber-physical Systems
    Joint with Profs. Sastry, Bayen, Schwartz, Song, Tomlin (Berkeley), Amin, Balakrishnan (MIT), Hiskens,Teneketzis (Michigan), Gabor, Karsai, Koutsoukos, Sztipanovits (Vanderbilt)
  • ARO MURI - Evolution of Cultural Norms and Dynamics of Socio-political Change
    Joint with Profs. Jadbabaie, Kearns (Upenn), Acemoglu, Christia, Dahleh (MIT), Blume, Kleinberg (Cornell), Jackson, Leskovec (Stanford), Shamma (Gatech)
  • ONR MURI - New Paradigms for Scalable Online Decentralized Optimization
    Joint with Profs. Jadbabaie, Rakhlin, Ribeiro (UPenn)
  • DRAPER - Analysis and Control of Opinion Dynamics in Social Networks
    Joint with Prof. Tsitsiklis (MIT)
  • NSF - Novel Game-Theoretic Tools and Solution Concepts with Applications to Network Dynamics and Control
    Joint with Prof. Parrilo (MIT)
  • ARO - Game-Theoretic Models of Social Conflict
    Joint with Prof. Acemoglu (MIT)
  • AFOSR MURI - Distributed Learning and Information Dynamics in Networked Autonomous Systems
    Joint with Profs. Shamma, Balcan (Gatech), Abed, Baras, Martins (UMaryland),Young (UOxford), Dahleh, Kaelbling (MIT)

Past Research Grants

  • AFOSR - Dynamics of Beliefs, Culture, and Social Interaction
    Joint with Profs. Acemoglu, Dahleh (MIT), Shamma (Gatech)
  • NSF Career Grant - Distributed Multiagent Control and Optimization: Where Game Theory Meets Network Optimization
  • MIT Intelligence Initiative - When are Groups More Intelligent than Individuals?
    Joint with Prof. Pentland (MIT)
  • NSF - An Analytic Framework for Political and Social Change: Conflict, Beliefs and Dynamics
    Joint with Profs. Acemoglu, Dahleh, Shah (MIT)
  • DRAPER - Opinion Formation and Influence in Conflict Situations: The Role of Networks
    Joint with Profs. Barnhart and Christia (MIT)
  • DARPA - ITMANET - The FLoWS project
    Joint with Profs. Goldsmith, Boyd, Johari (Stanford), Effros (Caltech), Coleman, Meyn, Moulin (UIUC), Medard, Shah, Zheng (MIT)
  • NSF - Optimization and Control of Stochastic Wireless Networks
    Joint with Prof. Parrilo (MIT)
  • AFOSR - Control Theoretic Modeling for Uncertain Cultural Attitudes and Unknown Adversarial Intent
    Joint with Profs. Shamma (Gatech) and Dahleh (MIT)
  • NSF - Future Optical Network Architectures
    Joint with Profs. Chan and Shah (MIT)
  • DARPA - CBMANET - Control-Based Mobile Ad-hoc Networking project
    Joint with Prof. Medard (MIT)