A/PROF Tansu Alpcan

A/PROF Tansu Alpcan


  • Decision making (game theory, control, optimisation) for security and resource allocation in networked, communication and energy systems. (power systems, energy markets, risk management, game theory and mechanism design, network security, resources allocation)



  • Tansu Alpcan received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey in 1998. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2001 and 2006, respectively.

    His research involves applications of distributed decision making, game theory, communicaton and control to various security and resource allocation problems in networked and energy systems. He has received Fulbright scholarship in 1999 and best student paper award in IEEE Conf. on Control Applications in 2003. Tansu Alpcan has received Robert T. Chien Research Award from the UIUC Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Ross J. Martin Research Award from the UIUC College of Engineering in 2006.

    He was an associate editor for IEEE Conference on Control Applications (CCA) in 2005 and has been TPC member of several conferences including IEEE Infocom 2007-2009. He was the co-chair of the workshop on Game Theory in Communication Networks (GameComm) in 2008, publicity chair of GameNets 2009 and GameSec 2012, co-chair of RAWNET 2012, and program chair of NetGCoop 2012. He is steering board member Conference on Decision and Game Theory for Security (GameSec) and was the general chair of the inaugural edition in 2010. He chaired the IEEE ComSoc MMTC Interest Group on Media Processing and Communications Security (SecIG) between 2010-2012. He was co-chair of the Communication and Information Systems Security Symposium in IEEE International Conference on Communications ICC in 2013. Tansu Alpcan has received the best paper award in 2010 IEEE Intl. Conf. on Communications (ICC), Comm. and Inf. Sys. Security Symposium.

    He has been a member of IEEE since 1998 and has become a Senior Member in 2013. He is the (co-)author of more than 100 journal and conference articles as well as the book "Network Security: A Decision and Game Theoretic Appraoch&q   


Member of

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Senior Member since 2013 2013 -


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • CI of the project Games and Mechanisms for Shaping the Evolution of Power Grid and Demand , which has received Interdisciplinary Seed Funding of $40,000 from the University of Melbourne, 2013.   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2006
  • MS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2001
  • BS, Bogazici (Bosphorus) University 1998

Awards and honors

  • Best Paper Award in IEEE Intl. Conf. on Communications (ICC), Comm. and Info. System Security Symposium, 2010
  • Best Paper Award in 5th Intl. Conf. on Internet Monitoring and Protection (ICIMP), 2010
  • Robert T. Chien Research Award, Dept. of ECE, University of Illinois, 2006
  • Ross J. Martin Research Award, College of Engineering, Univ. of Illinois, 2006
  • Best Student-Paper Award in the IEEE Conf. on Control Applications, 2003
  • Fulbright Scholarship, 1999



Available for supervision

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