1st International Conference on Game Theory for Networks

Research Article

Cooperation in underwater sensor networks

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1109/GAMENETS.2009.5137443,
        author={Florent Garcin and Mohammad Hossein  Manshaei and Jean-Pierre  Hubaux},
        title={Cooperation in underwater sensor networks},
        proceedings={1st International Conference on Game Theory for Networks},
  • Florent Garcin
    Mohammad Hossein Manshaei
    Jean-Pierre Hubaux
    Year: 2009
    Cooperation in underwater sensor networks
    DOI: 10.1109/GAMENETS.2009.5137443
Florent Garcin1,*, Mohammad Hossein Manshaei2,*, Jean-Pierre Hubaux2,*
  • 1: Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (LIA), Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • 2: Laboratory for Computer Communications and Application (LCA), the School of Computer & Communication Science, Lausanne, Switzerland.
*Contact email: florent.garcin@epfl.ch, hossein.manshaei@epfl.ch, jean-pierre.hubaux@epfl.ch


In underwater sensor networks (UWSNs), one of the main concerns is to reduce the energy consumption in order to maximize the lifetime. This work focuses on multiple sensor networks governed by different authorities. If the authorities are willing to cooperate by forwarding each others' packets, the global lifetime could be increased. However, a selfish authority could exploit the others' collaborative behaviors. To investigate this cooperation, we apply concepts such as evolutionary game theory. A first analysis of a simple model determines that cooperation underwater can emerge without incentives. Then, we explore with an extended model what influences cooperation and in which way. Finally, we demonstrate how a new authority can fine tune its strategy when deploying its UWSN.