We will have a few guest lectures by Prof. Allan Borodin. Additional schedule and lecture slides will be posted as we go along. | ||||

Date | Topic | Teacher | Slides | Optional Reading (Parkes-Seuken Book) |
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9/11 | Course introduction; about the AGT literature | Shah | Handout, Slides | — |

9/13 | Game Theory 1: Normal form games; Dominant Strategies; Nash equilibria |
Shah | Slides | Chapter 2 up to Section 2.4 |

9/18 | Game Theory 2: More Examples; Price of anarchy (PoA); Price of stability (PoS) |
Borodin (Guest Lecture) |
Slides | Chapter 26 up to Section 26.1 |

9/20 | Game Theory 3: Cost sharing games, Potential functions, Congestion games, Braess' paradox |
Borodin (Guest Lecture) |
Slides | Chapter 1 - Section 1.1; Chapter 2 - Section 2.6.1; |

9/25 | Game Theory 4: Zero-sum games, the minimax theorem |
Shah | Slides | Chapter 3 - Section 3.1 |

9/27 | Game Theory 5: Stackelberg games; Applications to security |
Shah | Slides | — |

10/02 | Mechanism Design w/ Money 1: (Recap Game Theory); Intro to mechanism design; Direct revelation mechanisms; DSIC vs BNIC |
Shah | Slides | Chapter 7 up to Section 7.1 |

10/04 | Mechanism Design w/ Money 2: Vickrey auction (single-item and general case); Clark pivot rule and VCG; VCG examples |
Shah | Slides | Chapter 6 up to Section 6.3; Chapter 7 - Sections 7.2 and 7.3 |

10/09 | NO CLASS (Thanksgiving) | -- | -- | -- |

10/11 | Mechanism Design w/ Money 3: More VCG examples; Single-minded bidders; Sponsored search |
Shah | Slides | Chapter 8 up to Section 8.2; Chapter 10 up to Section 10.5 |

10/16 | Mechanism Design w/ Money 4: 1st price and ascending auctions; Revenue equivalence; Revelation principle |
Shah | Slides | Chapter 6 - Sections 6.3, 6.4, 6.5 |

10/18 | Mechanism Design w/ Money 5: Revenue maximization; Myerson's auction; Simple vs optimal auctions |
Shah | TBA | Chapter 9 |