Books and Monographs

Y. Narahari. Game Theory and Mechanism Design. IISc Press and the World Scientific Publishing Company, March 2014. (532 pages)

Game theory and mechanism design offer an important tool to model, analyze, and solve decentralized design problems involving multiple autonomous agents that interact strategically in a rational and intelligent way. In the past decade, game theory and mechanism design have emerged as a key tool for modeling many problems in computer science, communications, electrical engineering, management science, and industrial engineering. The objective of the book is to provide a sound foundation of game theory and mechanism design to enable the readers to apply them to problem solving in a rigorous way. The book is structured into three parts: (1) Non-cooperative game theory (2) Mechanism Design and (3) Cooperative game theory.

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Y. Narahari, Dinesh Garg, Ramasuri Narayanam, and Hastagiri Prakash. Game Theoretic Problems in Network Economics and Mechanism Design Solutions. Springer Monograph Series in Advanced Information and Knowledge Processing Series, April 2009. (275 pages)

With the advent of the Internet and other modern information and communication technologies, a magnificent opportunity has opened up for introducing new, innovative models of commerce, markets, and business. Creating these innovations calls for significant interdisciplinary interaction among researchers in computer science, communication networks, operations research, economics, mathematics, sociology, and management science. In the emerging era of new problems and challenges, one particular tool that has found widespread applications is mechanism design. The focus of this monograph is to explore game theoretic modeling and mechanism design for problem solving in Internet and network economics. The monograph embodies the research carried out at the Electronic Commerce Laboratory and is perhaps the first of its genre, addressing the application of game theory and mechanism design to contemporary problems in electronic commerce and network economics problems. The monograph first provides a sound foundation of relevant concepts and theory, to help apply mechanism design to problem solving in a rigorous way. Three applications are explored in detail: (a) optimal sponsored web search auctions (b) resource allocation in computational grids with selfish agents (c) robust protocol design in wireless ad hoc networks.

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Y. Narahari. Data Structures and Algorithms. Lecture Notes, Department of Computer Science and Automation, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 2000. (300 pages)

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This is not a textbook on the subject, though it does have some ingredients like examples, problems, proofs, programming assignments, etc. This “lecture notes” offers an adequate exposure to important data structures and algorithms, with the level of contents lying somewhere between an undergraduate course in Data Structures and a first course in Algorithms. I have taught these topics to M.E. students with a non-CS background, I believe the “lecture notes” is at that level and would be accessible to second year or third year B.E./B. Tech students of Computer Science and for second year M.C.A. students. It should be useful to working software professionals and serious programmers striving to gain a sound understanding of commonly used data structures and algorithm design techniques. Familiarity with C programming is assumed from all readers.

N. Viswanadham and Y. Narahari. Performance Modeling of Automated Manufacturing Systems. Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, USA, 1992. (592 pages)

Reprinted by Prentice Hall of India, 1994, 1998, and 2005
Reprinted by Prentice Hall of Canada, 1997

The book, first published in 1992, resulted in unifying and clarifying the correct use of modeling methods based on Markov chains, queueing networks, and stochastic Petri nets for manufacturing systems. It is followed as a textbook or reference book at many universities all over the world and has gathered a fair number of citations over the years. The book has been reprinted thrice in India and once in Canada.