Time+Place: Sunday 27/12/2015 14:30 Room 337-8 Taub Bld.
Title: Towards the Deployment of Cooperative Game-Theoretic Solutions
Speaker: Yair Zick - CS-Lecture http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~yairzick/
Affiliation: Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University
Host: Yuval Filmus


Cooperative game theory spans the formation of coalitions among 
collaborative agents, as well as proposing reasonable payoff divisions 
among them. This branch of game theory is rooted in Von-Neumann &
Morgenstern's foundational work, with many beautiful theoretical 
ideas; however, it has seen relatively sparse application. In this talk, 
I will discuss several research thrusts which aim at making the theory 
of cooperative games more applicable; I will discuss how the 
introduction of overlapping coalition structures - i.e. allowing 
agents to divide their resources among more than one coalition - 
allows one to model complex agent interaction.

Moreover, I will show how one can overcome the computational challenges 
traditionally associated with finding cooperative solution concepts by 
relaxing our requirements. By looking for a probably approximately 
correct (PAC) solution, and applying ideas from computational learning 
theory, one can find good solutions to cooperative games while 
eliminating computational overhead.

Finally, I will discuss exciting directions for the study of cooperative 
games, both in the application of the theory to causality and classification, 
and in empirical human trials

Short Bio:

Yair Zick is a postdoctoral research fellow in the computer science 
department at Carnegie Mellon University. He has completed his PhD at 
Nanyang Technological University, SPMS (funded by the Singapore A*STAR 
SINGA award). He received his B.Sc (Mathematics and the "Amirim" honors 
program) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research interests 
are game theory, fair division and their applications to domains such as 
machine learning, security, and privacy.
He is the recipient of the 2014 IFAAMAS Victor Lesser Distinguished 
Dissertation Award, and the 2011 Pragnesh Jay Modi Best Student Paper