GameSec 2013

Conference on Decision and Game Theory for Security

November 11-12, 2013, Fort Worth, TX, USA

2013 Conference on Decision and Game Theory for Security

Photo: Fort-Worth GameSec 2013, the fourth Conference on Decision and Game Theory for Security will take place in Fort Worth, TX, USA on November 11-12, 2013.


  • Student Applications for Financial Support are now being accepted
  • List of Accepted Full and Short papers is now available
  • We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Andrew Odlyzko, Professor in The School of Mathematics at The University of Minnesota, will be the keynote speaker at GameSec 2013. The title of his lecture is: Living securely in an insecure world
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  • Early registration ends Oct. 14th: Register Here
  • The cut-off for hotel reservations at the group rate is Oct. 14th: More Information
  • Detailed Conference Program is now available: More Information
  • Conference Proceedings are now available: More Information

Keynote Speaker

Photo: Dr. Andrew Odlyzko

Andrew Odlyzko has had a long career in research and research management at Bell Labs, AT&T Labs, and most recently at the University of Minnesota, where he built an interdisciplinary research center, and is now a Professor in the School of Mathematics. He has written over 150 technical papers in a variety of areas. In recent years he has been concentrating on electronic commerce, economics of data networks, and economic history, especially on diffusion of technological innovation. More information, including papers and presentation decks, is available on his web site,

Lecture Title: Living securely in an insecure world

Abstract: Our networks are insecure, and evidence continues to accumulate that they cannot be made secure. So how come we are all alive, and the economy continues to function? To understand this paradox, we need to consider not just the technology, but also the economics, sociology, and psychology of security.


Securing complex and networked systems and managing associated risks become increasingly important as they play an indispensible role in modern life at the turn of the information age. Concurrently, security of ubiquitous communication, data, and computing pose novel research challenges. Security is a multi-faceted problem due to the complexity of underlying hardware, software, and network interdependencies as well as human and social factors. It involves decision making in multiple levels and multiple time scales, given the limited resources available to both malicious attackers and administrators defending networked systems. For example, the resources vary from bandwidth, computing, and energy at the machine level to manpower and scheduling at the organizational level.

The GameSec conference aims to bring together researchers who aim to establish a theoretical foundation for making resource allocation decisions that balance available capabilities and perceived security risks in a principled manner. The conference focuses on analytical models based on game, information, communication, optimization, decision, and control theories that are applied to diverse security topics. At the same time, the connection between theoretical models and real world security problems are emphasized to establish the important feedback loop between theory and practice. Observing the scarcity of venues for researchers who try to develop a deeper theoretical understanding of the underlying incentive and resource allocation issues in security, we believe that GameSec will fill an important void and serve as a distinguished forum of highest standards for years to come.

Conference Topics

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Security games
  • Security and risk management
  • Mechanism design and incentives in security
  • Decentralized security algorithms
  • Security of networked systems
  • Security of Web-based services and social networks
  • Intrusion and anomaly detection
  • Resource allocation for security
  • Optimized response to malware
  • Identity management
  • Privacy and security
  • Reputation and trust
  • Infrastructure security
  • Security and trust in safety critical systems
  • Supply chain security management
  • Evolution, biology, security and trust
  • Virtualization and security
  • Composite trust in man-machine systems
  • Security in control and inference systems
  • Security and trust in the future Internet
  • Information security and watermarking
  • Physical layer security in wireless networks
  • Information theoretic aspects of security
  • Adversarial machine learning
  • Distributed learning for security
  • Cross-layer security
  • Usability and security
  • Human behavior, security and trust
  • Dynamic control of security systems
  • Organizational aspects of risk management
  • Cooperation and competition in security
  • Composable security
  • Security economics
  • Health care IT security and privacy
  • Statistical mechanics games and security
  • Hardware-software co-design for security
  • Multimedia security
  • Security and trust metrics, measurements and standards
  • and more...

Financial Support

GameSec 2013 will provide funds to support participation of graduate students. The travel award program will mainly target PhD students that have limited sources of funds for travel to conferences. However, qualified MS or BS students with strong research potential will also be considered for travel support. The average support provided to each student will be $500, or the actual documented cost of economy air/train fare and accommodation, whichever is less. This amount is intended to help cover students travel (economy air/train fare), conference registration fee, and accommodation. Each student will be expected to cover additional expenses over $500 from funds provided by their adviser(s) or academic institutions.

Please see the Financial Support page for additional information.

Conference Sponsors

We thank all our sponsors for their kind support.

  • Technical Co-Sponsor: IEEE CSS
  • Technical Co-Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)