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Winter Term 2020/21

All courses will be offered in an online-only format. 

Algorithms, Games, and the Internet

Type: Lecture & Tutorial (4 + 2 SWS)

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Markus BrillUlrike Schmidt-KraepelinJonas Israel 

This course addresses theoretical problems at the interface of game theory and computer science, often inspired by internet applications such as sponsored search, crowdsourcing, and social computing platforms. Game theory studies strategic interactions of multiple agents in situations where the well-being of a single agent depends not only on his own actions, but also on the actions of other agents. We start by discussing fundamental concepts from game theory and investigating algorithmic aspects of solution concepts. Then we analyze internet- inspired algorithmic problems from a game-theoretic perspective.

Specific topics include:

  • algorithmic mechanism design,
  • auction theory,
  • matching markets,
  • information elicitation,
  • reputation systems, and
  • network games.

Recommended background: Basic knowledge about discrete mathematics, algorithms, and computational complexity. Familiarity with formal proof methods. 

Link to ISIS: https://isis.tu-berlin.de/course/view.php?id=22055

Advanced Topics in Economics and Computation

Type: Seminar (2 SWS)

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Markus BrillUlrike Schmidt-Kraepelin, Jonas Israel

In this seminar, we want to explore advanced topics in computational social choiceComputational Social Choice addresses problems at the interface of social choice theory with computer science. Social choice theory is the study of processes for collective decision making, such as voting rules or fair division. 

Topics are allocated before or at the kick-off meeting. Each participant prepares a preparation sheet (4-6 pages with exercises), gives a talk (30-45 min), and reads/solves the preparation sheets of all fellow students. 

Relevant Literature:  


Recommended background: Successful completion of the course Computational Social Choice or similar background. 

Link to ISIS: https://isis.tu-berlin.de/course/view.php?id=22056

Research Colloquium on Economics and Computation

Type: Seminar (2 SWS)

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Markus Brill

In this seminar, researchers from our group (and invited guests) present results either from their own research, or from research papers that are relevant for the research of the group. The topics are from the area of economics and computation (a.k.a. algorithmic economics), which includes---but is not limited to---research fields like algorithmic game theory, algorithmic mechanism design, and computational social choice. The seminar is an excellent opportunity for advanced students to get in touch with current topics in this research field, or to present their own results in this context.

Recommended background: Advanced students (e.g., students currently writing a Master's thesis supervised by our group). 

Registration: If you are interested in participating, send an email to Markus Brill and describe your background in economics and computation.

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