Associate Professor Tansu Alpcan

  • Room: Level: 03 Room: 4
  • Building: Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • 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)

Personal webpage


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" published by Cambridge University Press (CUP). 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, between 2006 and 2009, and as assistant professor (Juniorprofessur) in Technical University Berlin from 2009 until 2011 while continuing his affiliation with the Deutsche Telekom Laboratories. Tansu Alpcan has joined the Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Melbourne, Australia in October 2011, where he continues to work as Associate Professor and Reader.

Recent publications

  1. Philip B, Alpcan T, Jin J, Palaniswami M. Distributed Real-Time IoT for Autonomous Vehicles. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRIAL INFORMATICS. IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. 2019, Vol. 15, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1109/TII.2018.2877217
  2. Jazaeri J, Gordon R, Alpcan T. Influence of building envelopes, climates, and occupancy patterns on residential HVAC demand. JOURNAL OF BUILDING ENGINEERING. Elsevier. 2019, Vol. 22. DOI: 10.1016/j.jobe.2018.11.011
  3. Guidolin M, Alpcan T. Transition to sustainable energy generation in Australia: Interplay between coal, gas and renewables. Renewable Energy. Pergamon-Elsevier Science. 2019, Vol. 139. DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2019.02.045
  4. Demazy A, Kalloniatis A, Alpcan T. A game-theoretic analysis of the adversarial boyd-kuramoto model. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). Springer Verlag. 2018, Vol. 11199 LNCS. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-01554-1_14
  5. Alpcan T, Nekouei E, Nair G, Evans R. An Information Analysis of Iterative Algorithms for Network Utility Maximization and Strategic Games. IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 2018. DOI: 10.1109/TCNS.2018.2802869
  6. Nekouei E, Alpcan T, Nair G, Evans R. Convergence Analysis of Quantized Primal-Dual Algorithms in Network Utility Maximization Problems. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON CONTROL OF NETWORK SYSTEMS. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 2018, Vol. 5, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1109/TCNS.2016.2606897
  7. Weerasinghe S, Alpcan T, Monazam Erfani S, Leckie C, Pourbeik P, Riddle J. Deep learning based game-theoretical approach to evade jamming attacks. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). Springer Verlag. 2018, Vol. 11199 LNCS. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-01554-1_22
  8. Masoumzadeh A, Nekouei E, Alpcan T, Chattopadhyay D. Impact of Optimal Storage Allocation on Price Volatility in Energy-Only Electricity Markets. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER SYSTEMS. IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. 2018, Vol. 33, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1109/TPWRS.2017.2727075
  9. Nekouei E, Alpcan T, Evans R. Impact of quantized inter-agent communications on game-theoretic and distributed optimization algorithms. Systems and Control: Foundations and Applications. 2018. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-04630-9_15
  10. Jazaeri M, Alpcan T, Gordon R. Model Predictive Control of Residential Demand in Low Voltage Network using Ice Storage. 2018 AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND CONTROL CONFERENCE (ANZCC). IEEE. 2018.
  11. Kolluri RR, Mareels I, Teixeira C, Tong S, Alpcan T, Brazil M, De Hoog J, Thomas DA. Overcoming the Impact of Clock Drifts on Power Sharing for Microgrids. 2018 IEEE POWER & ENERGY SOCIETY GENERAL MEETING (PESGM). IEEE. 2018, Vol. 2018-August. DOI: 10.1109/PESGM.2018.8586450
  12. Gupta AB, Alpcan T, Morton AB. Predicting Voltage Variations in Low Voltage Networks with Prosumers. 2018 IEEE PES ASIA-PACIFIC POWER AND ENERGY ENGINEERING CONFERENCE (APPEEC). IEEE. 2018.
  13. Han Y, Rubinstein B, Abraham T, Alpcan T, De Vel O, Monazam Erfani S, Hubczenko D, Leckie C, Montague P. Reinforcement learning for autonomous defence in software-defined networking. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). Springer Verlag. 2018, Vol. 11199 LNCS. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-01554-1_9
  14. Jazaeri J, Alpcan T, Gordon R. Solar Curtailment Requirements in Low Voltage Networks: Impact of Climate and Building Wall Types in Australia. International Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies, ISGT Asia 2018. 2018. DOI: 10.1109/ISGT-Asia.2018.8467832
  15. Kolluri R, Mareels I, Alpcan T, Brazil M, De Hoog J, Thomas D. Stability and active power sharing in droop controlled inverter interfaced microgrids: Effect of clock mismatches. AUTOMATICA. Pergamon-Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 93. DOI: 10.1016/j.automatica.2018.03.025

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