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End-User Behavior and Prospect Pricing in Wireless Data Networks

Broader Impact:

Over the last few years, the advent of easy to use, smart and programmable radio devices is resulting in a seemingly irreversible trend where end-users have the ability to control devices with a greater degree of freedom than ever. This trend behooves the inevitable question of how end-user actions impact the underlying engineered system design and vice-versa. While this is a question that has wide ranging implications related to user interfaces and many different aspects, the focus of this project is to use prospect theory as a tool to model these interactions, especially as it relates to the pricing of wireless data. In this context, this research project is a comprehensive attempt by a wireless networking researcher and a cognitive psychologist to study a set of initial problems that hold greater promise. The successful completion of this research will serve up useful pointers to how prospect pricing can be used by the SPs to influence end-user actions and in turn drive solutions that improve the load-balancing performance of HetNets and manage the ever increasing demand for data.


The PI and co-PI have been actively involved at Rutgers in promoting underrepresented groups in the graduate school as well undergraduate research. The psychophysics experiments and the proposed activities using the software/hardware platform provides a tangible means to involve undergraduate students in research and the PIs will draw on their past activities in this regard to do the same in this project. The educational outreach includes instruction of graduate students through the Wireless Communications Technologies course and the Memory and Attention course, and will have a significant impact by exposing graduate students to an area of emerging interest, namely PT in wireless networks. The active publication record of the PIs indicate that the results of this project will be widely disseminated. Specifically, we will make available to the research community at large the psychophysics experimental platform that we develop as an open resource.