SPEAKER: Yoav Shoham
I will describe two relatively recent pieces of our work at the interface between computer science and game theory - modeling wikis and other online opinion-aggregation sites, and analyzing the interplay between abstraction and approximation in computational poker. I will use both to question the role of equilibria, and whether they ought to play as central a role in computer science as they do in game theory.
Yoav Shoham is Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, where he has been since receiving his PhD in Computer Science from Yale University in 1987 and spending an abbreviated post-doctoral position at the Weizmann Institute of Science. He has worked in various areas of AI, including temporal reasoning, nonmonotonic logics and theories on commonsense. Shoham's interest in recent years has been multiagent systems, and in particular the interaction between computer science andgame theory. Shoham is a Fellow of the Association for Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), and charter member of the Game Theory Society. He is an author of four books, an editor of one, and an author of numerous articles. He is also a founder of several successful e-commerce software companies.