"Dynamics and Equilibrium Selection in Evolutionary Systems"

Jeff Shamma, Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

February 11th (Friday), 3:00pm
Webb Hall 1100

One approach to distributed control of networked systems is to represent the collective system as a game and endow individual components with preferences so that a solution concept, such as Nash equilibrium, reflects desirable collective behavior. One issue is that games can have multiple equilibria, thereby resulting in loss of efficiency (cf., the notions of “price of anarchy” and “price of stability”). An additional degree of freedom in engineered systems is that one also can specify the adaptation or learning dynamics that lead the collective towards equilibrium. These dynamics can themselves serve as a devise for equilibrium selection. This talk presents a sampling of prior and recent results on the dynamics effect in equilibrium selection and provides examples from distributed coordination, self assembly, and network formation.

About Jeff Shamma, Professor:

Jeff received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1983 and a PhD in Systems Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1988. He has held faculty positions at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; University of Texas, Austin; and University of California, Los Angeles; and visiting positions at Caltech and MIT. In 2007, Jeff returned to Georgia Tech where he is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Julian T. Hightower Chair in Systems & Control. Jeff's general research interest is feedback control and systems theory, and most recently game theory and decision making for multiagent models in engineered and societal networked systems. He is a recipient of the NSF Young Investigator Award (1992) and the American Automatic Control Council Donald P. Eckman Award (1996), and a Fellow of the IEEE (2006). He is currently serving on the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.

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