Information processing, rational beliefs and social interaction (10w2133)

Arriving in Banff, Alberta Friday, August 27 and departing Sunday August 29, 2010


(University of California)

(Simon Fraser University)

(University of Alberta)

Jerome Lang (Universite Paris-Dauphine)

(University of Regensburg)


As described in the overview, the issues of information, rational belief change and social interaction are of interest to computer scientists (particularly researchers in artificial intelligence and database systems), philosophers, logicians, economists (particularly researchers in behavioral economics, cognitive economics and social choice theory) and game theorists. The goal of the Workshop is to bring together researchers from these areas. This would allow the identification and addressing of problems of common interest in this highly challenging and relevant area, as well as allow an exploration of ways in which one area may contribute to another.

To date, there has been limited interaction among these communities. However, as explained in the overview, there are deep problems of common interest, and results in one area will contribute to another. To some extent this is already happening: research in economics has made use of the work from the logic/philosophical community and results in game theory have proved useful to researchers in artificial intelligence; computational issues raised and addressed by researchers in computer science have attracted the attention of economists (witness the recent literature on the computational aspects of auctions). However, the interaction has been limited, due in part to the fact that there are very few opportunities for researchers from different disciplines to meet together.

The proposed Workshop will bring together researchers in three broad areas (philosophy and formal logic; computer science and artificial intelligence; economics and game theory) addressing highly related (in some cases, the same) problems and provide them with a unique opportunity for the dissemination of ideas and the prospect of interdisciplinary collaboration.

The 2010 Banff workshop will be an opportunity for the dissemination of new results and methodologies and for new fertilization across disciplines. We will further encourage interdisciplinary work, particularly by increasing the representation of attendees from economics (specifically social choice theory and behavioral economics) and game theory.