851-0585-48L  Controversies in Game Theory

SemesterSpring Semester 2021
LecturersD. Helbing, H. Nax, H. Rauhut
Periodicitynon-recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentNumber of participants limited to 100.


851-0585-48 VControversies in Game Theory
Block course: 07.06.2021 - 11.06.2021
28s hrs
07.06. - 11.06.09:15-17:00CAB G 11 »
D. Helbing, H. Nax, H. Rauhut

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AbstractThe mini-course 'Controversies in Game Theory' consists of 5 course units that provide an in-depth introduction to issues in game theory motivated by real-world issues related to the tensions that may result from interactions in groups, where individual and collective interests may conflict. The course integrates theory from various disciplines.
ObjectiveStudents are encouraged to think about human interactions, and in particular in the context of game theory, in a way that is traditionally not covered in introductory game theory courses. The aim of the course is to teach students the complex conditional interdependencies in group interactions.
ContentThe course will pay special attention to the dichotomy of cooperative vs non-cooperative game theory through the lense of the pioneering work by John von Neumann (who—which is not very well known--was an undergraduate student at ETH Zurich). We will review the main solution concepts from both fields, work with applications relying on those, and look at the “Nash program” which is a famous attempt to bridge the two.
Lecture notesSlides will be provided.
LiteratureJohn v Neumann and Oskar Morgenstern. 1944. Theory of Games and Economic Behavior. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory_of_Games_and_Economic_Behavior)

Diekmann, Andreas: Spieltheorie. Rowohlt 2009.

Dixit, Avinash K., and Susan Skeath. Games of Strategy. WW Norton & Company, 2015.

Ken Binmore (1992): Fun and Games. Lexington: Heath.

Camerer, Colin (2003): Behavioral Game Theory. Experiments in Strategic Interaction. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Game Theory Evolving

Evolutionary Game Theory

Evolutionary Game Theory in Natural, Social and Virtual Worlds

Evolutionary Dynamics and Extensive Form Games

Evolutionary Games and Population Dynamics

Quantitative Sociodynamics

Synergistic Selection: How Cooperation Has Shaped Evolution and the Rise of Humankind

Survival of the Nicest

Evolutionary Games with Sociophysics

Statistical Physics and Computational Methods for Computational Game Theory

Games of life

Further literature will be recommended in the lectures.
Prerequisites / NoticeThis course is thought be for students in the 5th semester or above with quantitative skills and interests in modeling and computer simulation.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersD. Helbing, H. Nax, H. Rauhut
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examination3 Credit Points would require the [later] delivery of a 10 page documentation.

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Places100 at the most
Waiting listuntil 08.06.2021

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