Tansu Alpcan


Brief Biography

Tansu Alpcan received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2006. His research interests include applications of optimisation and game theories, and machine learning to security and resource allocation problems in communications, smart grids, and Internet-of-Things. He chaired or was an Associate Editor, TPC chair, or TPC member of several prestigious IEEE workshops, conferences, and journals. Tansu Alpcan is the (co-)author of more than 200 journal and conference articles as well as the book "Network Security: A Decision and Game Theoretic Approach" published by Cambridge University Press (CUP) in 2011. He co-edited the book "Mechanisms and Games for Dynamic Spectrum Allocation" published by CUP in 2014. He has worked as a senior research scientist in Deutsche Telekom Laboratories, Berlin, Germany (2006-2009), and as an Assistant Professor (Juniorprofessur) at Technical University Berlin (2009-2011). He is currently with the Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Melbourne as a Professor and Reader.

Extended Biography

Tansu Alpcan received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey in 1998. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2001 and 2006, respectively. His research involves applications of machine learning, game theory, networking, optimisation, and control to a variety of security and resource allocation problems in (wireless) communications and IoT, cybersecurity, and smart grids.

Tansu Alpcan received a Fulbright scholarship in 1999 and the Best Student Paper Award in IEEE Conf. on Control Applications in 2003. Tansu Alpcan received the Robert T. Chien Research Award from the UIUC Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Ross J. Martin Research Award from the UIUC College of Engineering in 2006. He was an associate editor for the IEEE Conference on Control Applications (CCA) in 2005 and has been a 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 TPC chair of NetGCoop 2012, GameSec 2016 and 2019. He is a steering board member of the 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 at the IEEE International Conference on Communications ICC in 2013. Tansu Alpcan 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 became a Senior Member in 2013. He was the Associate Editor (AE) of IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (T-IFS) 2015-2017 and was an AE of IEEE Transactions on Control of Networked Systems 2018-2020. He has been an AE of the Springer Journal Dynamic Games and Applications since 2021.

Tansu Alpcan is the (co-)author of more than 200 journal and conference articles as well as the book "Network Security: A Decision and Game Theoretic Approach" published by Cambridge University Press (CUP). He co-edited the book "Mechanisms and Games for Dynamic Spectrum Allocation" published by CUP in 2014. He worked as a senior research scientist in Deutsche Telekom Laboratories, Berlin, Germany, between 2006 and 2009, and as an assistant professor (Juniorprofessur) at the Technical University Berlin from 2009 until 2011 while continuing his affiliation with the Deutsche Telekom Laboratories. Tansu Alpcan joined the Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Melbourne, Australia, in October 2011, where he continues to work as a Professor and Reader.

Tansu Alpcan has created, led, or participated in innovative research projects, which have received over $6 Million in research funding, including research grants from ARC, DSTG, and C4NET in Australia as well as two competitive (early career and interdisciplinary seed) grants from The University of Melbourne. He has successfully graduated 13 PhDs and 3 MPhils at the University of Melbourne and designed or taught 7 subjects (courses).

My Life as a Visual Story

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This picture summarizes various stages of my life starting from my birth in Turkey, continuing with my education in Istanbul High School, Bogazici University, work experience in Alcatel Telecom (Istanbul), my marriage to my wife, move to the USA to study at the University of Illinois, getting my Ph.D. degree, move to Germany where I worked in Deutsche Telekom Laboratories, the birth of my first son, and my assistant professorship in Technical University of Berlin, the birth of my second son, move to Australia to join the Dept. of EEE at The University of Melbourne and becoming a professor. The story continues...

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