.In spring term 2020 I am giving a series of 4 seminars on compositional game theory at the MPI-MIS. They will be held on Tuesdays from 11.15–12.45 in room G3 10, beginning on January 14th and ending on February 4th. I will assume basic knowledge of game theory (the contents of my course from last term is more than enough), but no prior knowledge of category theory will be assumed.

The seminars will be recorded and made available online.

In autumn term 2019 I am teaching Introduction to game theory at the MPI-MIS. Lectures will be on Tuesdays at 11.15–12.45 in room A3 03, and will be held in English.

For lectures 2–8 I will mostly be following the book Essentials of game theory: A concise, multidisciplinary introduction by Kevin Leyton-Brown and Yoav Shoham. Other books I will sometimes follow are:

  • Maschler, Solan and Zamir — Game theory
  • Mas-Colell, Whinston and Green — Microeconomic theory
  • Krebs — Game theory and economic modelling

For each of these books except for Mascher-Solan-Zamir, a full pdf can be found by Google search. Additionally, the internet contains more “Introduction to game theory” lecture notes and slides than anybody would ever need.

Here is the list of lectures, with links to my (handwritten) lecture notes:

  1. (15/10) (Expected) utility theory
  2. (22/10) Normal form and Nash equilibrium
  3. (29/10) Other solution concepts for normal form
  4. (05/11) Extensive form and subgame perfection
  5. (12/11) Imperfect information
  6. (26/11) Repeated games
  7. (03/12) Bayesian games

Of these, lectures 2–5 constitute the “core” of game theory. The other lectures should be mainly independent.

After lecture 8 there will be a 5 week break, and then beginning on January 7th I will run a seminar series on compositional game theory (assuming no prior knowledge of category theory), on the same timetable.