The Game Theory Tradition continues!

From 1990 to 2013, the International Summer Festival on Game Theory at Stony Brook has been a renowned academic gathering of researchers from all over the world. This year we continue that tradition, as part of the activities of the Game Theory Society. We welcome you to

The 25th Stony Brook Game Theory Festival
of the Game Theory Society

 July, 2014

Organizing Committee:    Robert Aumann, Sandro Brusco, Pradeep Dubey, Abraham Neyman, Yair Tauman


The Festival Events:


July 07 - 11, 2014: International Conference on Game Theory

Organizers:  Johannes Hörner (Yale University)

  William H. Sandholm (University of Wisconsin)



July 13 - 15, 2014: Workshop on Innovations, Patents and Licensing

Organizers:  Rabah Amir (University of Iowa)

  Debapriya Sen (Ryerson University)

  Yair Tauman (Stony Brook University and IDC Herzliya)


Call for Papers


July 16 - 18, 2014: Workshop on Strategic Aspects of Terrorism, Security, and Espionage

Organizers:  Boaz Ganor (IDC Herzliya)

  Timothy Mathews (Kennesaw State University)

  Yair Tauman (Stony Brook University and IDC Herzliya)


Call for Papers


It is a truth universally acknowledged that much that is fundamental and beautiful in the field of Game Theory has been shaped, and nurtured over the years, by Lloyd Shapley. One need merely name topics where his work was seminal and path-breaking, and served to define entire areas of research: the value (with finite and continuum player sets), core, voting games and power indices, stochastic games, repeated games, matching, potential games, market games in coalitional and strategic form, the convergence phenomenon for perfectly competitive economies (core and value in the coalitional setting, and non-cooperative equilibrium in the strategic), convex games, fictitious play,....

The list is by no means exhaustive, nor chronological, and others have expanded and elaborated on his work elsewhere. It was for one of these topics, his joint work with David Gale on matching, that he got the Nobel prize --- a prize that so many in the game theory community felt was long, long, overdue; and for which they would sincerely want to laud the Nobel committee.

Lloyd has always been shy, often self-effacing and detached, at a personal level. But we know very few who have been so forthcoming when it comes to matters academic. He is a founding member of the Stony Brook Center for Game Theory, and has regularly participated in our summer conferences for the last 23 years (indeed from even before, since 1984, in the earlier incarnation of the Center as the "Institute for Decision Sciences"). Lloyd's presence has been a constant source of inspiration for us. He gives freely of his time, and the generous overflow of his ideas have stimulated many and frequently proved decisive for their research. In particular, Lloyd goes out of his way to interact with young scholars. All of us look forward very much to the "60th anniversary" of his paper on stochastic games in the summer of 2013 at Stony Brook, in the same spirit as the earlier "50th anniversary" of the value. (The event will also contribute towards the celebration of his 90th birthday, though we know that for Lloyd this will have marginal value)

Pradeep Dubey & Yair Tauman
Stony Brook Center for Game Theory


Jean-Francois Mertens was a Founder Member of the "Stony Brook Center for Game Theory", and remained an Affiliated Member until his tragic death on July 17, 2012. He had profound influence on the shaping of the Center, on the content and structure of its summer conferences, and on the research work of students and colleagues alike. No one can fill the huge void he has left behind. But the sheer brilliance of his ideas, the openness and generosity of his nature, and the sparkle one always felt in his company ---- this shall stay with us, and continue to inspire us, over the years to come. The intellect and spirit of Jean Francois will shine forever in Game Theory!

We thank NSF for financial support which enabled us to run summer activities on game theory for the last 24 years.


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