Last Undergraduate Colloquium of the Semester

Posted on: April 22nd, 2013 by Aaron Lauve

Our very own Nick Barron will cap off another successful year in our Undergraduate Colloquium Series. Come see what Game Theory has to say about life, politics, sports, and more.

Monday, April 22, 4:30 pm with refreshments at 4:00

Cuneo Hall 312

Zero Sum, Non Zero Sum, and Cooperative Games

Nick Barron, Mathematics and Statistics, Loyola University Chicago

Do you know why a football team who acquires a franchise quarterback should call pass plays less? Did you know that building a new road can make traffic worse? Do you know why congress is in deadlock? How should a group of investors split the profits? You may find out in this talk.

If you have ever wanted to know about the mathematics of conflict, this talk will be an overview of three main areas of game theory. Using examples, I will discuss the models when there are two players in total conflict (zero sum game); when there are more than two players who are looking out for themselves (non zero sum game); and when there many players looking to form coalitions so that they all do better (cooperative game). These examples involve sports, investments, traffic engineering, and politics.


Dr. E.N. Barron received his B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1970 and his M.S. in Applied Mathematics in 1972 and Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1974 from Northwestern University. Before joining Loyola, he was a faculty member at the Georgia Institute of Technology and worked for both the Institute for Defense Analyses and AT&T Bell Laboratories. His research interests include optimal control theory, non-linear partial differential equations, game theory, and mathematical finance. His research has been consistently funded by the National Science Foundation; he has also received grants from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Dr. Barron has been an invited speaker at conferences in Canada, Italy, Japan, Germany, and France; he was one of the main lecturers at an international NATO conference in Montreal. He was Visiting Professor at the University of Paris-IX from 1998-2000. He has published more than 50 research papers in leading journals in mathematical analysis. In addition Professor Barron has been named a Master Teacher in the College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola.

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