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Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics
Los Angeles, California

Graduate Summer School: Games and Contracts for Cyber-Physical Security
July 7-23, 2015

Organizing Committee
Saurabh Amin (MIT), Asu Ozdaglar (MIT), and Galina Schwartz (UC Berkeley)

Scientific Overview
This summer school will provide an advanced introduction on how the mathematical tools of game theory can be applied to improve the resilience (security and reliability) of cyber-physical systems (CPS) that control critical infrastructures, such as our electricity, water, and transportation networks. The operations of such CPS are driven by actions of many human decision makers who need to make decisions based on limited information. In addition, these humans frequently have conflicting objectives, which make them reluctant to share even partial information with others. Game-theoretic tools allow analyzing strategic behavior of the entitites upon whose choices the CPS operations depend.

The summer school will cover:

  • Mathematical tools from game theory.
  • Economic applications of game theory, such as principal-agent theory, dynamic games and contracts, regulation, mechanism design and auctions, and matching and market design.
  • Game theory for cyber-physical systems, especially security and resilience with applications to various infrastructure domains.

The content will be targeted toward graduate students and postdocs coming from engineering sciences and economics.

Confirmed Speakers
Itai Ashlagi (MIT), Tamer Basar (University of Illiniois at Urbana-Champaign), Kostas Bimpikis (Stanford), George Cybenko (Dartmouth), Ian Hiskens (Michigan), Ramesh Johari (Stanford), Ehud Kalai (Northwestern), Cedric Langbort (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Patrick Loiseau (Institut Eurecom), Bud Mishra (NYU), John Musacchio (UC Santa Cruz), Michael Ostrovsky (Stanford), Asuman Ozdaglar (MIT), Michael Schwarz (Google), Srinivas Shakkottai (Texas A&M), Jeff Shamma (Georgia Tech), R. Srikant (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Milind Tambe (USC), Hamidou Tembine (New York University Abu Dhabi), Mihaela van der Schaar (UCLA), Rakesh Vohra (UPenn), Adam Wierman (CalTech), Stephen Wright (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Muhamet Yildiz (MIT), William Zame (UCLA)

This summer school will provide a rare opportunity for researchers in mathematics, computer science, engineering, and related sciences to learn about recent research directions and future challenges in this area. Funding is available to support graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the early stages of their career as well as more senior researchers interested in undertaing new research in this area. Encouraging the careers of women and minority mathematicians and scientists is an important component of IPAM's mission, and we welcome their applications. The application will be available online, and is due March 31, 2015.