GameSec 2022

Conference on Decision and Game Theory for Security

October 26-28, 2022, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2022 Conference on Decision and Game Theory for Security

The 13th Conference on Decision and Game Theory for Security (GameSec-22) will take place from October 26-28, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. With the rapid development of information, automation, and communication technology, the security of these emerging systems is more important now than ever. GameSec 2022 focuses on the protection of heterogeneous, large-scale, and dynamic cyber-physical systems as well as managing security risks faced by critical infrastructures through rigorous and practically relevant analytical methods. GameSec 2022 invites novel, high-quality theoretical and empirical contributions, which leverage decision theory and game theory to address security problems and related problems such as privacy, trust, or bias in emerging systems. The goal of the conference is to bring together academic, government, and industrial researchers in an effort to identify and discuss the major challenges and recent results that highlight the interdisciplinary connections between game theory, control, distributed optimization, adversarial reasoning, machine learning, mechanism design, behavioral analysis, risk assessments, and security, reputation, trust and privacy problems.

GameSec-22 is planned to be a physical event. Requests of remote attendance, e.g., due to visa issues or travel restrictions, may be accommodated if necessary. For details on up-to-date Covid regulations click here.

Conference Topics include (but are not restricted to):

GameSec solicits research papers, which report original results and have neither been published nor submitted for publication elsewhere, on the following and other closely related topics:

  • Game theory, control, and mechanism design for security and privacy
  • Decision making and decision theory for cybersecurity and security requirements engineering
  • Security and privacy for the Internet-of-Things, cyber-physical systems, cloud computing, resilient control systems, and critical infrastructure
  • Pricing, economic incentives, security investments, and cyber insurance for dependable and secure systems
  • Risk assessment and security risk management
  • Security and privacy of wireless and mobile communications, including user location privacy
  • Socio-technological and behavioral approaches to security
  • Empirical and experimental studies with game, control, or optimization theory-based analysis for security and privacy
  • Behavioral science, decision making, heuristics, and biases
  • Modeling and analysis of deception for security within a game-theoretic framework
  • Adversarial or strategic machine learning and the role of AI in system security
  • Learning in games for security (new topic this year)
  • Game-theoretic or decision-theoretic analysis for the control of epidemics/virus propagation (new topic this year)
  • Decision and game theory for blockchain security (new topic this year)

Keynote Speakers

We are happy to announce the following keynote speakers:
Michael Wellman
Michael Wellman

Navigating in a Space of Game Views

A game view is a game model capturing selected elements of a complex strategic situation. I present game view navigation: a conceptual framework for game-theoretic reasoning through a process of constructing and analyzing a series of game views. Many standard methods as well as recently introduced ideas can be cast as navigation patterns within this framework. Game view navigation thus provides a unifying perspective that sheds light on connections between disparate reasoning methods, and defines a design space for creation of new techniques. I illustrate the framework by defining a variety of methods in terms of game view navigation. I further apply the framework by defining and exploring new techniques based on modulating player aggregation in equilibrium search.


Michael P. Wellman is Professor and Division Chair of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Michigan. He received a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1988 for his work in qualitative probabilistic reasoning and decision-theoretic planning. From 1988 to 1992, Wellman conducted research in these areas at the USAF’s Wright Laboratory. For the past 25 years, his research has focused on computational market mechanisms and game-theoretic reasoning methods, with applications in electronic commerce, finance, and cyber-security. As Chief Market Technologist for TradingDynamics, Inc., he designed configurable auction technology for dynamic business-to-business commerce. Wellman previously served as Chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Electronic Commerce (SIGecom), and as Executive Editor of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research. He is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and the Association for Computing Machinery.

Patrick McDaniel
Patrick McDaniel

Security, Game Theory, and Their Role in Achieving Sustainability


It is undeniable that we are a pivotal point in human existence. Humans as a species have grown in population and infrastructure to the point where our collective actions are impacting nearly every living thing and natural process on earth. So, what can we do to achieve a sustainable lifestyle on earth? Perhaps surprisingly, I observe that sustainability can only be achieved when framed as a (physical and cyber) security and game theory problem. Put simply, without verifiable enforcement sustainability in the large will fail.

In this talk I will explore the economics of green initiatives and attempt to frame our collective efforts at reaching a sustainable future as one of systems under threat. Our call to action is to create a new subfield of security that addresses these threats and develops countermeasures. Here, I will explore what a sub-field of security might look like; what the goals of that field would look like, what new challenges it presents, what technologies will likely be useful, and how game theory will play a role. Lastly, I will revisit how future technologies can be integrated into sound policy. I strongly believe that this community can be an important (and indeed essential) participant in reversing the failures to date as well as advance our world into a more sustainable future.


Patrick McDaniel is the Tsun-Ming Shih Professor of Computer Sciences in the School of Computer, Data & Information Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Professor McDaniel is a Fellow of the IEEE, ACM and AAAS, a recipient of the SIGOPS Hall of Fame Award and SIGSAC Outstanding Innovation Award, and the director of the NSF Frontier Center for Trustworthy Machine Learning. He also served as the program manager and lead scientist for the Army Research Laboratory's Cyber-Security Collaborative Research Alliance from 2013 to 2018. Patrick's research focuses on a wide range of topics in computer and network security and technical public policy. Prior to joining the Wisconsin in 2022, he was the William L. Weiss Professor of Information and Communications Technology and Director of the Institute for Networking and Security Research at Pennsylvania State University. Dr. McDaniel's research focuses on a wide range of topics in computer and network security and technical public policy, with particular interests in mobile device security, the security of machine learning, systems, program analysis for security, and election systems.

Conference Sponsors and Supporters

  • Carnegie Mellon Cylab Security and Privacy Institute
    CMU Cylab
  • National Science Foundation (Travel Grant)
  • Springer (Best Paper Award)

Code of Conduct

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GameSec 2022 Proceedings

To be announced.