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World’s Leading Economists, Game Theorists Gather at SBU This July

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game theory logoSince 1990 the Stony Brook Center for Game Theory has organized yearly summer festivals that bring prominent game theorists and leading economists from around the world to the Stony Brook campus. The 26th International Conference on Game Theory will be held July 20 through July 24 at the Charles B. Wang Center. Éva Tardos, Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University, and R. Preston McAfee, chief economist at Microsoft, are this year’s conference organizers.

The summer activities focus not only on game theory, but also on its applications, particularly in economics. Some of this year’s sessions include bargaining, fairness, industrial organization, information and networks, knowledge and expectations, learning and evolution, risk, social and political models, and voting.

The Game Theory Conference will be followed by two workshops; the first on Stochastic Games, Communication and Strategic Complexity, runs from July 26 through July 28 (held in honor of Abraham Neyman), and the second workshop on Political Economy runs from July 29 through July 31, coordinated by Marina Azzimonti, an associate professor in the Department of Economics at Stony Brook University. Ron Peretz, an assistant professor from the London School of Economics, and Olivier Gossner, director of research at the National Center for Scientific Research, have organized the Complexity workshop.

Click here for the full conference program, including the schedule of speakers and topics.

John Nash
John Nash

Each summer approximately 200 participants come to the University from Asia, Europe, and North and South America, including 10 Nobel Laureates in economics. Sadly, John Nash will not be among them this year. Nash, one of the greatest mathematicians of the 20th century, was in a car accident and passed away on May 23, 2015, along with his wife Alicia. Nash was an affiliated member of the Stony Brook Center for Game Theory and participated in the summer festivals for nearly 20 years. He won the 1994 Nobel Prize in Economics and was the inspiration of the 2001 Oscar-winning film, A Beautiful Mind.

More About the Center
The Stony Brook Center for Game Theory, formerly the Center for Game Theory in Economics, evolved from the Institute for Decision Sciences (IDS), established at Stony Brook University in 1989. The Center has organized nearly 100 international conferences and workshops, and has hosted more than 2,500 scientists since its establishment. According to Nobel Laureate Kenneth Arrow, resident and affiliated members of the Center constitute “a Game Theory group that is unequaled in the United States, if not in the world.” The impact of game theory on economics and other disciplines in the social and natural sciences is pervasive. Its concepts and techniques have become commonplace in the study of industrial organization, international trade, bargaining and the economics of information, to name just a few economic applications. Uses of game theory in non-economic areas include studies of legislative institutions, voting behavior, communication and persuasion, fashion, revolutions and popular uprisings, international conflicts, and evolutionary biology.

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