Game Theory and Human Behavior Fall Symposium

November 9, 2012 | ICT

Speaker: Several
Host: USC Game Theory and Human Behavior Group

Game Theory and Human Behavior addresses problems of global interest such as energy, healthcare, financial markets and security necessarily involve understanding and influencing the behavior of multiple parties with differing agendas. Our effort is to create a campus-wide collaborative environment for Game Theory and Human Behavior promises to fuse the mathematics and formal approaches of the former with the wealth of social science insights of the latter to create new and necessary approaches for 21st century issues. The National Academy of Engineering has identified several Grand Challenge areas including preventing nuclear terror, advancing personalized learning, securing cyberspace and renewing urban infrastructure. All involve multiple decision-makers in game-theoretic and human behavior settings, thus requiring the fusion of mathematical, engineering and social sciences to make significant progress in addressing these challenges.

USC is in the enviable position of being on the cusp of addressing these challenges. Over 50 faculty members have joined this effort from 13 schools and centers including the Annenberg School for Communication, the Gould School of Law, the Marshall School of Business, the College, the CREATE center, Center for Sustainable Cities, Center for Megacities, Center for Energy Informatics, Schaeffer Center for Health Economics and Policy, the School of Policy, Planning and Development, the Institute for Creative Technologies, the School of Architecture, and the Viterbi School of Engineering. We have expertise from architecture, civil and environmental engineering, computer science, economics, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, law, operations management, policy planning and development, psychology and sociology. While there have been some interdepartmental collaborations, we have not been able to connect to a degree necessary to expand our endeavors to the scope of solutions that the problems require. This effort on Game Theory and Human Behavior (GTHB) will create the momentum to overcome barriers by organizing a series of workshops, seminars, tutorials and courses culminating in a week of GTHB Showcase events that will highlight our first-year outreach and development efforts. The GTHB effort promises to put USC in a unique position to tackle many of the key challenges of the 21st century.

Welcome (9:00 AM – 9:05 AM) : Morteza Dehghani

Introduction (9:05 AM – 9:20 AM) : Milind Tambe

First Keynote talk : Tamer Basar
(9:20 AM – 10:20 AM) Multi-Agent Networked Systems with Adversarial Elements

Break (10:20 AM – 10:40 AM)

First session (10:40 AM – 12:00 AM):

    • 10:40 AM – 11:00 AM: Terry Benzel
      The Science of Cyber Security Experimentation
      The DETER Project
    • 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM: Jim Blythe
      Human Behavior and Computer Security


  • 11:20 AM – 11:40 AM: Rajiv Maheswaran
    Developing Spatiotemporal Game Theory Through Basketball
  • 11:40 AM – 12:00 PM: Burcin Becerik-Gerber
    Human Building Interaction Framework for User Driven Building Systems

Lunch (12:00 noon – 1:00 PM)

Second Keynote talk (1:00 PM – 2:00 PM): Baruch Fischhoff
From Our Lips …: (Mis)adventures in Applied Science

Second Session (2:00 PM – 5:00 PM):

  • 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM: Richard Dekmejian
    Typology of Sunni Islamist Groups: Gaming & Sacred Values
  • 2:20 PM – 2:40 PM: Morteza Dehghani
    Role of Sacred Values in Intergroup Conflicts

Break (2:40 PM – 3:15 PM)

  • 3:15 PM – 3:35 PM: Jesse Graham
    Political Ideology, Moral Concerns, and Moral Decision-Making
    Two Findings and Lots of Questions
  • 3:35 PM – 3:55 PM: David Tannenbaum
    Moral Signals and Person-centered Moral Judgment
  • 3:55 PM – 4:15 PM: Piercarlo Valdesolo
    Social Identity and Morality: Tipping the scales of judgment
  • 4:15 PM – 4:35 PM: Scott McCalla
    The effects of sacred value networks within an evolutionary, adversarial game