Professor Colin Camerer
Division of Humanities and Social Science, California Institute of Technology
Colin's research is on the interface between cognitive psychology and economics. His work seeks a better understanding of the psychological and neurobiological basis of decision-making in order to determine the validity of models of human economic behavior. He is a co-author of the influential book “Foundations of Human Sociality” and author of “Behavioral Game Theory: Experiments on Strategic Interaction” and co-editor of “Advances in Behavioral Economics”. He is a former President of the Economic Science Association, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Fellow of the Econometric Society.
Professor Alan Grafen
St John's College, Oxford University.
With a career spanning five decades, Alan is one of the most well renowned evolutionary theoreticians alive today. His 80+ publications in biological, mathematical and economics journals have included work on animal signals, sexual selection, kin selection, kin recognition, the statistics of cross-species comparisons and optimality models of sequences of behaviour. For the past ten years, his work has aimed to capture Darwin's central argument about evolution by natural selection within a mathematical framework, a research programme known as the 'formal Darwinism project'.
Professor Arnon Lotem
Department of Zoology, Tel Aviv University.
Arnon’s research combines theoretical and experimental work and deals with the relationship between Behavior, Ecology and Evolution. Arnon is someone who attempts to explain the adaptive value of behavior in light of the realistic complexity of behavioral mechanisms, and studies behavioral mechanisms with evolutionary theory in mind. His current research explores the role of individual variation, phenotypic plasticity, and learning mechanisms in the evolution of parent-offspring communication, decision making, mate choice, and social behavior. Arnon has worked at UBC, has been a visiting Professor at Cornell and Academic director of the I. Meier Segals Garden for Zoological Research at Tel Aviv University.
Professor John McNamara
School of Mathematics, University of Bristol
John investigates questions in behavioural and evolutionary biology by formalising the decision problems organisms face in mathematical terms, and applying optimisation techniques to predict the behaviour that will evolve. Specific research interests include evolutionary game theory, especially as it applies to mating behaviour; the evolution of psychological mechanisms; and the way in which physiology mediates life-history trade offs, including an organism's rate of ageing; state dependent life histories; dynamic games and the effect of fluctuating environments.
Professor Paul Seabright
Université des Sciences Sociales de Toulouse
Paul is an economist interested in a range of subjects in ecoonomics. His research includes microeonomic theory, industrial and competition policy; development economics, economics and human evolution.
Professor David W. Stephens
Deptartment of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, University of Minnesota
David’s research interests include experimental behavioral ecology, foraging behavior; animal decision-making; evolutionary approaches to animal cognition; learning and memory as adaptations. His research blends mathematical and experimental analyses to address a range of issues in behavioral ecology, especially feeding behavior. David’s team are currently working on 1) combining evolutionary and mechanistic analyses of behavior using animal impulsivity as a worked example; 2) evolutionary models of "cognitive" phenomena, e.g. learning, memory and decision-making; 3) Experimental games, including experimental analysis of putatively cooperative games such as the Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma and related ideas.
Professor Stuart West
Department of Zoology, Oxford University
Stuart holds a Royal Society University Research Fellowship and is the current Professor Evolutionary Biology at Oxford University, with 150 publications to date, Stuart’s interest range from social behaviour in humans, to cooperation and spite in microbes, to conflict in fig wasps and cooperative breeding in vertebrates. He combines theoretical and experimental work, primarily to focus on sociality, specifically the evolution of cooperation and sex allocation theory. As well as one of our invited speakers, Stu is also one of our organisers.
Professor Peyton Young
Department of Economics, Oxford University
Peyton’s research is concerned with learning in games and its application to the diffusion of innovations, the evolution of social norms and institutions, and the design of decentralized systems of communication and control. He is also interested in applications of game theory to finance. He has published on learning in games, the evolution of social norms and institutions, cooperative game theory, bargaining and negotiation, taxation and cost allocation, political representation, voting procedures, and distributive justice. His influential book, Individual Strategy and Social Structure, describes the major results in the field of stochastic evolutionary game theory, which he pioneered. He is Past President of the Game Theory Society, a Fellow of the British Academy, and a Fellow of the Econometric Society. He holds the James Meade Professorship in economics at the University of Oxford, is a Professorial Fellow at Nuffield College and Research Professor at Johns Hopkins University.
Professor Ken Binmore (CANCELLED*)
Centre for Economic Learning and Social Evolution, University College London
Ken is one of the founders of modern economic bargaining theory. His research in evolutionary game theory, bargaining theory, experimental economics, political philosophy, mathematics and statistics has led to more than 100 scholarly papers and 14 books over six decades. Binmore and his collaborators was one of the first people to establish that game theory can often predict the behaviour of experienced players very well in laboratory settings. In 1995 Binmore became one of the founding directors of the Centre for Economic Learning and Social Evolution (ELSE), an interdisciplinary research centre involving economists, psychologists, anthropologists and mathematicians based at University College London. While the Director of ELSE, Binmore became famous as the ‘poker-playing economic theorist’ who netted the British government £22 billion when he led the team that designed the third generation (3G) telecommunications auction in 2000. He was awarded the CBE in the New Years Honours List 2001 for contributions to game theory and for his role in designing the UK’s 3G telecommunications auctions.
*Due to unforseen circumstances, we regret that Professor Binmore has had to cancel his attendence.