SoCal NEGT Symposium 2016

2016 Southern California Symposium on Network Economics and Game Theory

November 4-5, 2016

University of California, Los Angeles

About the SoCal NEGT Symposium

This symposium brings together students, professors, and researchers from Southern California who use game theory to analyze, design, and assess the performance of networks. We hope to highlight connections between research areas and stimulate conversations about the benefits and limitations of game theory as a tool for understanding networked systems. Our community is interested in both the application of game theory to networking problems and in the development of novel game-theoretic methods; we also have a broader interest in learning, mechanism design, and network science.

Keynote Speakers

We are delighted to announce this year's keynote speakers: Brian Uzzi (Northwestern), Scott Page (University of Michigan), and R. Preston McAfee (Microsoft).

Brian Uzzi (Northwestern University)

Keynote talk: Informational Combinatorics and High Impact Ideas in Science and Technology

Brian Uzzi is a globally recognized scientist, teacher, consultant and speaker on leadership, social networks, and big data. He is the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change at the Kellogg School of Management, and professor of sociology and professor of engineering at the McCormick School of Engineering. At Northwestern, he is also codirector of NICO, the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems and the director of the Kellogg Architectures of Collaboration Initiative (KACI). Besides his positions at Kellogg, he has been on the faculties of Harvard University, INSEAD, University of Chicago, and the University of California of Berkeley where he was the Warren E. and Carol Spieker Professor of Leadership.

Scott Page (University of Michigan)

Keynote talk: Game(S) Theory: Behavior in Context

Scott E. Page is Leonid Hurwicz Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science, and Economics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has also been director of the Center for the Study of Complex Systems at the University of Michigan (2009-2014) and an external faculty member at the Santa Fe Institute (2000-2005 and 2007-present). Before taking his current position at Michigan, he taught at the California Institute of Technology (1993-7), the University of California Los Angeles (1994) and the University of Iowa (1997-9). Page is best known for his research on diversity, complexity, and modeling the social sciences. His specific research interests include path dependence, culture, collective wisdom, and computational models of social life.

R. Preston McAfee (Microsoft)

Keynote talk: Frontiers of Market Design

R. Preston McAfee is currently chief economist at Microsoft. Previously, he was an economist at Google. Before that he was a Vice President and Research Fellow at Yahoo! Research where he led the Microeconomics and Social Systems group. Before that, he was the J. Stanley Johnson Professor of Business, Economics, and Management at the California Institute of Technology, where he was the executive officer for the social sciences. He has taught business strategy, managerial economics, and introductory microeconomics.