Newsletter of the Game Theory Society 2013


GAMES 2016 in Maastricht, The Netherlands, 24-28 July 2016

(mailed to GTS members by Roger Myerson, President of the Game Theory Society on Monday, 19 August 2013)

Dear members of the Game Theory Society,

the Fifth World Congress of the Game Theory Society is scheduled for Sunday-Thursday 24-28 July 2016, to be held in Maastricht, The Netherlands. Please mark these dates in your calendar!

Scholars can meet for such global exchanges of ideas only with the help and support of major academic institutions. Our Society was fortunate this year to receive an offer to host GAMES 2016 from Maastricht University as well as from several other outstanding institutions. Let us all plan to help make the 2016 World Congress an important event that will mark the progress of our field from 2012.


Call for Papers: Dynamic Games and Applications -
Special Issue on Dynamic Games in Social Networks

Call for papers - Dynamic Games and Applications, Special Issue on Dynamic Games in Industrial Organization


Council Elections 2013

(mailed to GTS members by Federico Valenciano, Secretary-Treasurer of the Game Theory Society on Friday, 28 June 2013)

Dear member of the Game Theory Society,

The elections for the replacement of 12 members of the GTS Council have taken place, and the following candidates have been elected:

Bhaskar Dutta
Federico Echenique
Jeff Ely
Aviad Heifetz
Johannes Hörner
Leslie Marx
Tim Roughgarden
Bill Sandholm
Karl Sigmund (presidential appointment)
Eilon Solan
Éva Tardos (presidential appointment)
Nicolas Vieille
We thank candidates and voters for their collaboration.

Prize in Game Theory and Computer Science of the Game Theory Society

in Honour of Ehud Kalai, endowed by Yoav Shoham

Following the Call for Nominations, the 2013 Prize is awarded in equal parts to Benjamin Edelman, Michael Ostrovsky, Michael Schwarz, and Hal R. Varian for their papers

Benjamin Edelman, Michael Ostrovsky, and Michael Schwarz, "Internet Advertising and the Generalized Second-Price Auction: Selling Billions of Dollars Worth of Keywords," American Economic Review 97, pages 242-259, 2007,

and

Hal R. Varian, "Position Auctions," International Journal of Industrial Organization 25, pages 1163-1178, 2007,

for their fundamental analysis of Online Advertisement Auctions.

The Prize committee, appointed by Roger Myerson as President of the Game Theory Society, consisted in 2013 of Paul W. Goldberg, Kevin Leyton-Brown, Éva Tardos, and Bernhard von Stengel.

In their report to the President, they stated their reasons for selecting this work as follows, referring to the papers as "EOS" and "Varian":

A very significant body of research at the interface of game theory and computer science concerns the design of automated mechanisms for economic transactions, which typically take place on the internet. A prime example are advertisements that search engines such as Google, Bing or Yahoo! place next to the results of internet searches for a given keyword. When a user clicks on such an ad, the search engine receives money from the advertiser. The payment is determined by an auction mechanism that computes the available advertisement "slots" to the bids which are dynamically provided by the bidders for each keyword search.

EOS and Varian (independently) analyzed an auction format known as the "generalized second price auction", a term coined by EOS, which is now used by the major search engines. Their work is of unparalleled theoretical and practical influence. At the time of this writing, it has attracted over 1,400 combined citations (about 800 for EOS and 600 for Varian) and the two articles are by far the most influential papers in the area.

The design of market mechanisms that are implemented algorithmically represents a most fruitful interaction of game theory and computer science. The work of EOS and Varian has spawned research - and, also significantly, attractive jobs for economic and computing theorists - to an extent that they clearly deserve the Prize.

Congratulations to the winners! They will present their work at the occasion of the award on July 17, 2013, at the Workshop on Computational Game Theory in Stony Brook, New York.


Call for nominations - Prize in Game Theory and Computer Science

(mailed to GTS members by Roger Myerson on 25 April 2013)

The Prize in Game Theory and Computer Science of the Game Theory Society was established in 2008 by a donation from Yoav Shoham in recognition of Ehud Kalai's role in promoting the connection of the two research areas. The last time the Prize was awarded at the Third World Congress of the Society in 2008 in Evanston. This time, the Prize will in 2013 be awarded at the Workshop on Computational Game Theory in Stony Brook, New York (July 16-18, 2013).

The Prize will be awarded to the person (or persons) who have published the best paper at the interface of game theory and computer science in the last decade. Preference will be given to candidates of age 45 or less at the time of the award, but this is not an absolute constraint. The amount of the Prize will be USD 2,500 plus travel expenses of up to USD 2,500 to attend the scientific event where the Prize is awarded.

The Game Theory Society invites nominations for the Prize. Each nomination should include a full copy of the paper (in pdf format) plus an extended abstract, not exceeding two pages, that explains the nature and importance of the contribution.

Nominations should be emailed to the Society's Secretary-Treasurer, Federico Valenciano (at federico.valenciano@ehu.es ) by 15 May 2013. The selection will be made by a committee appointed by the President, and the result will be announced in June 2013.


Check out our book listing (and send suggestions) - new book:

Game Theory

Michael Maschler, Eilon Solan, and Shmuel Zamir

2013 Cambridge University Press


Award of the Maschler Prize of the Israeli Chapter of the Game Theory Society

The 2013 prize recipients are: Omer Tamuz (Weizmann Institute) and Reshef Meir (Hebrew University of Jerusalem).

Call for Nominations, Maschler Prize of the Israeli Chapter of the Game Theory Society

The Israeli Chapter of the Game Theory Society invites nominations for the Maschler Prize, which is an annual prize given to an outstanding research student in game theory in Israel. Nominations should be sent by e-mail to Ms. Michal Zohar at mihalz@tauex.tau.ac.il no later than April 10, 2013. More information appears on the prize's website at https://sites.google.com/site/themichaelbmaschlerprize/


Call for proposals to host the Fifth World Congress of the Game Theory Society

The Game Theory Society welcomes proposals to host the Fifth World Congress in the summer of 2016. Preliminary proposals should identify the host institution, potential sources of support, available conference facilities, and hotels sufficient to accommodate 600 to 900 participants.

Inquiries and proposals should be sent to:

Professor Roger Myerson
President, The Game Theory Society
Economics dept., Univ. of Chicago
1126 East 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
USA
Email: myerson@uchicago.edu
We hope to hear by May 1, 2013 from anyone who considers hosting the World Congress.

Online open course on Game Theory

Matthew Jackson, Kevin Leyton-Brown and Yoav Shoham are offering a new version of an online game theory class that is free and open to the public. It covers some basics of game theory and some advanced topics and will begin in early January. It already has more than one hundred thousand students, but is still open to enrollment. Details can be found at: https://www.coursera.org/course/gametheory. Please let any interested parties know.

Game Theory Software

(posted May 25, 2013)

Try out GamePlan by Jean-Pierre Langlois, a Windows application for representing and solving games.

See also our resources on algorithms for game theory; further suggestions welcome!


Calls for Papers - Journal Submissions


Call for Papers: Dynamic Games and Applications -
Special Issue on Dynamic Games in Social Networks

Guest Editors:

Eitan Altman, INRIA, France, eitan.altman@inria.fr
Francesco De Pellegrini, CREATENET, Italy, francesco.depellegrini@createnet.org
Anurag Kumar, Indian Institute of Science, anurag@ece.iisc.ernet.in

Social Networks have, in recent years, had an important role in social and political transformation, and in the emergence of new cultural and artistic expression forms. They have resulted in huge economic activity in areas such as targeted advertisement and marketing (e.g., those performed by platforms such as Google, Facebook), opinion detection (e.g., several indicators derived by Twitter data).

The deployment of social networks raises many new scientific and engineering challenges and questions. This special issue seeks contributions that use dynamic game theory to study economic and engineering aspects of social networks and may help both to justify empirical evidence and the design of those platforms.

In 2015, Dynamic Games and Applications will publish a special issue concerning recent work in this very active area of research. This special issue welcomes submissions from theoreticians and applied researchers working on all aspects of dynamic games in social networks. In particular, we are interested in (but not limited to) papers concerned with the following areas:

Submission Deadline: March 30, 2014

Earlier submission is encouraged, and papers will appear online following acceptance in advance of the production of the full special issue.

Publication Date: September, 2015

For submission instructions, please visit:
http://www.springer.com/mathematics/applications/journal/13235


Call for Papers: Dynamic Games and Applications -
Special Issue on Dynamic Games in Macroeconomics

Guest Editors:

Edward C. Prescott, Arizona State University, Edward.Prescott@asu.edu
Kevin Reffett, Arizona State University, Kevin.Reffett@asu.edu

Many important questions in macroeconomics require the use of dynamic game theory tools. For example, problems involving optimal time-consistent fiscal and/or monetary policy in various dynamic general equilibrium models under in the presence of limited commitment for government policymakers use them.Related problems with limited commitment arise in dynamic optimization models where decision-makers possess dynamically inconsistent preferences, such as models where agents discount the future at hyperbolic or quasi-geometric rates. Additionally, recent work characterizing the structure of optimal dynamic financial contracts written between private agents interacting over time in dynamic resource allocation problems in the presence of limited commitment and incomplete information have been studied using the language of dynamic games. Additional macroeconomic applications requiring the use of dynamic game theory tools in macroeconomics include such diverse problems as the design of economic policy in models of international trade, environmental macroeconomics (including models of climate policy, global pollution control, etc.), various problems in dynamic mechanism design, models of strategic default and sovereign debt renegotiation, and dynamic models with moral hazard and adverse selection. Indeed, policy being a game and economic activity takes place over time, dynamic game theory tools are needed for virtually policy analyses.

In 2014, Dynamic Games and Applications will publish a special volume concerning recent work in this very active area of research in macroeconomics. This special issue welcomes submissions from theoreticians and applied researchers working on all aspects of dynamic games and macroeconomics. In particular, we are interested in (but not limited to) papers concerned with the following areas:

Submission Deadline: August 30, 2014

Earlier submission is encouraged, and papers will appear online following acceptance in advance of the production of the full special issue.

Publication Date: December, 2015

For submission instructions, please visit:
http://www.springer.com/mathematics/applications/journal/13235


Call for Papers: Dynamic Games and Applications -
Special Issue on Dynamic Games in Industrial Organization

Guest Editors:

Rabah Amir, University of Iowa, rabah-amir@uiowa.edu
Hassan Benchekroun, McGill University, hassan.benchekroun@mcgill.ca
Luca Lambertini, Università di Bologna, luca.lambertini@unibo.it

Industrial organization has long provided a fertile area for the application of the theory of dynamic games (in both discrete time and continuous time). Many of the basic oligopoly settings enjoy natural formulations as dynamic games, including research and development, strategic pricing over time, advertising, network externalities, consumer switching costs, learning by doing, capacity expansion, firm-level capital accumulation, among others. In recent years, there has been a surge of interest centering in particular on the use of dynamic (stochastic) games in modeling strategic industry dynamics with entry and exit.

In 2014, Dynamic Games and Applications will publish a special issue on the subject, focused in particular (but not exclusively) on the above topics. The scope of this issue is defined rather broadly and will also include applications of dynamic games in closely related fields (such as economics of regulation). In addition, models based on multi-stage games (such as two-stage and three-stage games) will be considered if suitably presented in relation to, or as as building blocks for, full-fledged dynamic games.

The special issue welcomes submissions with primary focus in basic theory, applied/policy-oriented work, empirical research, as well as computational methods. In addition, submissions in both discrete time and continuous time are sought.

Submission Deadline: January 15, 2014

Earlier submission is encouraged, and papers will appear online following acceptance in advance of the production of the full special issue.

Publication Date: June 2015

For submission instructions, please visit:
http://www.springer.com/mathematics/applications/journal/13235


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