Game Theory research explained simply and clearly at a new exhibition at the University of Barcelona

A new exhibition organised by the Game Theory and Assignment Markets Research Group at the UB School of Economics and the University of Barcelona faces the difficult task of explaining what Game Theory is in a simple and clear way, especially for those unfamiliar with this research field.

The exhibition addresses the problems associated with the distribution of different types of resources and explains to the public how these can be mathematically formulated in a simple and comprehensible way through a series of rules and procedures of distribution according to efficiency and distributive justice criteria.

Visitors will explore different methods and solutions to divide different types of goods, both divisible and indivisible. This will allow them to start looking for answers to questions like: How do you allocate the seats in an election? How are places allocated in a school? How are fishing quotas determined in the European Union? Etc.

Quan no n’hi ha prou per repartir. Pensar matemàticament (Not enough to distribute. Thinking mathematically) runs from May 15th to June 21st, 2019, at the Sciences Courtyard, 1st floor, of Historic Building of the University of Barcelona. Admission is free and the exhibition is open from 09:00 to 21:00.

A session focusing on the contents of the exhibition will take place in the Ramón y Cajal Room of the Historic Building of the University of Barcelona on June 4th, 2019, from 16:30 to 17:35. The session will include four presentations and a panel discussion in Spanish about topics such as the allocation of resources to users of wireless communications networks, the distribution of revenues from retransmissions of sporting events, the allocation of places in a school, and the viability of electoral systems in which you can vote against the candidates.

Quan no n’hi ha prou per repartir. Pensar matemàticament has been coordinated by the UB School of Economics researcher Javier Martínez de Albéniz in cooperation with other members of the Game Theory and Assignment Markets Research Group: Mikel Álvarez Mozos, Pedro Calleja Cortés, Josep Maria Izquierdo, Marina Núñez Oliva and Carles Rafels Pallarola. The exhibition has been funded by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology’s (FECYT) project Strategy, cooperation and justice: mathematics for society.

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