[FC Seminar series at UniBz] TODAY! Seminar of Krzysztof R. Apt


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Computer Science of Bolzano-Bozen series 2007/2008.

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17.06.08, 15:00-16:00 - Free University of Bolzano-Bozen, P.za Sernesi,
1, room A101

A Distributed Platform for Mechanism Design


Krzysztof R. Apt, CWI and University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Mechanism design is an important area of economics. It aims at realizing
economic interactions in which desired social decisions result when each
agent is interested in maximizing his utility. The economic analysis
always assumes existence of a central authority that takes decisions and
implements them.

We describe a structured system for distributed mechanism design. In our
approach the players dynamically form a network in which they know
neither their neighbours nor the size of the network and interact to
jointly take decisions.

The system is implemented in Java. We illustrate its flexibility by
discussing a number of implemented examples.
(Based on a joint work with Farhad Arbab and Huiye Ma.)

Krzysztof R. Apt got a PhD in mathematical logic from the Polish Academy
of Sciences in Warsaw, in 1974. He is a senior researcher at CWI,
Amsterdam and Professor at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
In the past he also worked at the Universities and Research Centra in
Poland, France, U.S., Belgium and Singapore. Apt published four books
and more than fifty journal articles, in computer science, mathematical
logic and, more recently, economics. His current research is concerned
with game theory and multi-agent systems. He is a member of Academia
Europea and member of the council of the European Association for
Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS). Apt is also a member of the
Advisory Board of the Computing Research Repository (CoRR). He strongly
believes that free access to scientific publishing is both feasible and
strongly desirable for the further advancement of science.

Reference person: Rosella Gennari <mailto:%20Rosella.Gennari(a)unibz.it>

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