Bay Algorithmic Game Theory Symposium
Meeting 6: May 1, 2009, 10am-5:30pm, Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center, UC Berkeley.

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Synopsis

With the many universities and world class research laboratories, the San Francisco Bay Area is the home of a number of researchers and a frequently visited spot for post-doctoral fellows and sabbatical visitors; an especially large contingent of which is researching economic and game theoretic problems relating to computer networks, the Internet, and e-commerce. The Bay Algorithmic Game Theory Symposium aims to bring together these researchers in an informal and relaxed environment to foster collaboration and the exchange of ideas.

This Meeting: May 1, 2009, 10am-5:30pm, Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center, UC Berkeley.

Previous Meetings: BAGT 1, BAGT 2. BAGT 3. BAGT 4. BAGT 5.

Call for Participation

One of the main purposes of this symposium is to encourage collaboration between local researchers. Significant emphasis will be placed on a session of mini talks. You may sign up for a ten minute time slot by sending email to bagt.cfp@gmail.com and include a description of the your proposed talk. The suggested format for a mini talk is (a) description of the problem, (b) statement of results, and (c) discussion of open research directions. There will be no time for setting up individual laptops for the mini-talk session, instead we will have all presentations preloaded on a computer in the auditorium.

Important Dates

April 17, 2009:Registration Deadline. It is free and easy. Do it now!
April 17, 2009:Deadline for submitting slides for mini-talks session (extended).
May 1, 2009:Symposium.

Schedule

10:00-10:30 Arrivals, Registration, Coffee, and Breakfast
10:30-11:00 Talk: Michael Schwarz "Experts and Their Records"
11:00-11:30 Talk: Michael Schapira "VC v. VCG: Inapproximability of Combinatorial Auctions via Generalizations of the VC Dimension"
11:30-12:00 Talk: Jonathan Levin "College early admissions"
12:00-1:30 Lunch (provided)
1:30-2:00 Talk: Amin Saberi "Game Dynamics, Equilibrium Selection and Network Structure"
2:00-2:30 Talk: Moshe Babaioff "Characterizing Truthful Multi-Armed Bandit Mechanisms"
2:30-3:15 Mini TalksTBD
3:15-4:00 Coffee Break
4:00-4:30 Talk: Nicolas Lambert "Eliciting Probabilistic Information: From Full Distributions to Predicates on Distributions"
4:30-5:00 Talk: Christos Papadimitriou "Computing equilibria"
5:30-7:30 Dinner at local restaurants (not provided).

Abstracts

Moshe Babaioff "Characterizing Truthful Multi-Armed Bandit Mechanisms" : Nicolas Lambert "Eliciting Probabilistic Information: From Full Distributions to Predicates on Distributions" : Jonathan Levin "College early admissions" : Christos Papadimitriou "Computing equilibria" : Amin Saberi "Game Dynamics, Equilibrium Selection and Network Structure" : Michael Schapira "VC v. VCG: Inapproximability of Combinatorial Auctions via Generalizations of the VC Dimension" : Michael Schwarz "Experts and Their Records" :

Registration and Local Information

The Sixth Bay Algorithmic Game Theory Symposium will be held in the Sibley Auditorium in the Bechtel Engineering Center on the north side of the UC Berkeley Campus. The organizers thank you for registering by sending email with your name and affiliation in the subject line (please use the following format "Subject: Register BAGT6: John Smith (Stanford University, Economics)") to bagt.reg@gmail.com by April 17, 2009. If you prefer a vegetarian meal please add the word "vegetarian" as the last word of the title. There is no cost for attending.

Please note that food and drinks are not allowed at Sibley Auditorium. Lunch will be served at Wozniak hall.

By Public Transportation: We recommend getting to Berkeley by BART. Get off at the Downtown Berkeley BART station. You can either walk to Sibley Auditorium (a nice 20-25 minutes walk. Walk east on Center St. to Oxford St., turn left and walk north till getting to Hearst Ave. and then turn right and walk east till you get to Le Roy Ave. (see map). Then use the following instructions to get to Sibley Auditorium) or take a bus. If you decide to take the bus, walk north on Shattuck Avenue till you get to University Avenue. At the corner of Shattuck Ave. & University Ave. board AC Transit Bus #52L, see bus schedule (the bus runs every 15-20 minutes). Get Off at Hearst Ave. & Le Roy Ave.(Cost: $1.75, 5-10 minutes bus ride), and walk to Sibley Auditorium .

By Car: If you plan to get to Berkeley by car, get to UC Berkeley campus, and follow the direction to Cory Hall. The closest parking to Sibley Auditorium is the Lower Hearst Garage at Hearst Avenue & Scenic Avenue. Hourly Pay Parking at all times on Level 2 (cost of $15 for the day). For additional parking information see the parking web pages of UC Berkeley EECS , UC Berkeley , UC Berkeley Parking & Transportation and the city of Berkeley .

Carpooling: Participants are encouraged to carpool. There is a forum for offering and asking for rides at http://groups.google.com/group/BAGT-rides/. Unless you join the group, your message posts will be delayed until a moderator confirms that they are not spam.

Organizers

Moshe BabaioffMicrosoft Research
Tim RoughgardenStanford U.
Amin SaberiStanford U.
Ilya SegalStanford U.
Adam SzeidlUniversity of California, Berkeley
Local arrangements are being made by Michael Schapira, Yaron Singer and Adam Szeidl (UC Berkeley).