What is common to an auction and allocation of seats in an engineering college? Why does building a new road sometimes lead to worse traffic? And why can't we ever have a perfect system of voting? These problems may not sound like the games we commonly play, but the theory behind them is known as game theory. In this session, we'll try and understand what game theory is, what's common to all these problems, as well as try to address some of them.
About the speaker: Umang Bhaskar is a faculty member in the School of Technology and Computer Science at TIFR with interests in algorithmic game theory and optimization algorithms.
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