April 24, 2014

Fields-Carleton Distinguished Lecture Series
March 13-14, 2006

Donald Saari
University of California, Irvine
Director, Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences

Fascinating mathematics from the social sciences.

March 13, 2006 -- 6:00 pm,
301 Azrieli Theatre

Geometry of Departmental Discussions
You know what happens; you bring to the department a well-thought out proposal only to have some group "improve it." In using elementary geometry to explain why we must expect this annoying behavior, I also indicate why this phenomenon, and related issues, involve an interesting variety of mathematics ranging from game theory to singularity theory.

March 14,2006 -- 10:00 am
404 Southam Hall.

Developing a Qualitative Evolutionary Game Theory
In recent years, evolutionary game theory has been developed to analyze issues of dynamics for areas ranging from ecology and evolutionary biology to the social and behavioral sciences. But there are problems: first, the difficult mathematics limits what we can do. Second, because we really do not understand what dynamics is appropriate for many of these settings, we run the risk of working hard to make precise statements about equations that nobody believes. To avoid these and other difficulties, a "qualitative" evolutionary game theory is being developed. I will introduce the basic ideas.

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