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Strategy: An Introduction to Game Theory 

About the course
Games or ‘Strategic Interactions’ can be found in all walks of life. Examples of such scenarios are two firms competing for market share, politicians contesting elections, different bidders participating in an auction for wireless spectrum, coal blocks etc. Game theory provides a convenient framework to model and interpret the behavior of participants in such strategic interactions. Hence it can be applied to solve a wide variety of problems involving diverse areas such as Markets, Auctions, Online Retail, Cold War, Paying Taxes, Bargaining, Elections, Portfolio Management etc. Therefore, both undergraduate and postgraduate students and professionals from diverse backgrounds such as Scientists, Engineers, Managers, Politicians and Political Scientists, Economists, Mathematicians etc will find the course content useful. Examples and exercises will be motivated by problems close to real life scenarios.

Intended Audience
Students: Engineering, Management,Economics, Mathematics Professionals: Engineers, Scientists, Managers, Economists, Academicians, Policy Makers

Familiarity with Fundamentals of Calculus and Probability.

Industries that will recognize this course
Management Consulting Companies Technology Development Companies

Course instructor

Prof. Aditya K. Jagannatham (http://home.iitk.ac.in/~adityaj/index.html) received his Bachelors degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, San Diego, U.S.A.. From April '07 to May '09 he was employed as a senior wireless systems engineer at Qualcomm Inc., San Diego, California, where he worked on developing 3G UMTS/WCDMA/HSDPA mobile chipsets as part of the Qualcomm CDMA technologies division. His research interests are in the area of next-generation wireless communications and networking, sensor and ad-hoc networks, digital video processing for wireless systems, wireless 3G/4G cellular standards and CDMA/OFDM/MIMO wireless technologies. He has contributed to the 802.11n high throughput wireless LAN standard and has published extensively in leading international journals and conferences. He was awarded the CAL(IT)2 fellowship for pursuing graduate studies at the University of California San Diego and in 2009 he received the Upendra Patel Achievement Award for his efforts towards developing HSDPA/HSUPA/HSPA+ WCDMA technologies at Qualcomm. Since 2009 he has been a faculty member in the Electrical Engineering department at IIT Kanpur, where he is currently an Associate Professor, and is also associated with the BSNL-IITK Telecom Center of Excellence (BITCOE). At IIT Kanpur he has been awarded the P.K. Kelkar Young Faculty Research Fellowship (June 2012 to May 2015) for excellence in research. His popular video lectures for the NPTEL (National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning) course on Advanced 3G and 4G Wireless Mobile Communications can found at the following YouTube link ( NPTEL 3G/4G ).

Prof. Vimal Kumar (https://sites.google.com/site/vimalk/) received Ph.D. in Economics from University of California Irvine in 2008 and B. Tech. degree in Mechanical Engineering and M. Tech degree in Thermal Fluid Engineering under dual degree program from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in 2003 and . He joined Delhi office of Watson Wyatt Worldwide, a multinational consultancy organization, in July 2008 and worked for 1 year as a Consultant/Economist in the Global Research Division of the firm. In June 2009, he joined the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur as Assistant Professor. His research interests include Game Theory, Political Economics and Applied Microeconomics. For last two year, he has been the chairman, student placement office. He is recipient of several awards and fellowship including the class of 1982 research fellowship, the best research paper award for year 2011 by American Political Science Association, Social Science Merit fellowship from University of California Irvine for years 2003 to 2008, and National Talent Search Scholarship (NTSE) from NCERT, India.

Course layout

Week 1:
Normal Games and Nash Equilibrium. 
Week 2:
Mixed Strategies.
Week 3: Sequential Games. 
Week 4:
Games with Incomplete Information.
Week 5: Auctions
Week 6:
Repeated Games
Week 7:
Cooperative Games
Week 8:
Bargaining and Negotiation

More details about the course

Course url: https://onlinecourses.nptel.ac.in/noc17_mg11
Course duration: 08 weeks
Start date and end date of course: 23 January 2017 - 17 March  2017
Date of exam: 26 March, 2017
Time of exam: Shift 1: 9am-12noon; Shift 2: 2pm-5pm
Any one shift can be chosen to write the exam for a course

Final List of exam cities will be available in exam registration form.
Registration url - Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
Exam Fee: The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee of approximately Rs 1000 needs to be paid.


E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. 

Final score = 25% assignment score + 75% exam score
25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of scores of Best 6 out of 8 assignments

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup. It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.