"Electronic Commerce: From Game-Theoretic and Economic Models to Working Protocols"

Moshe Tennenholtz, Technion -- Israel Institute of Technology

Wednesday, April 2, 2003 at 12:00 Noon

Lubrano Conference Room

The design of protocols for non-cooperative computational environments (e.g. Internet Auctions) is a major challenge for electronic commerce. In order to address this challenge we should tackle several complementary tasks:

1. Re-consider economic mechanisms in view of their use in computational settings.

2. Incorporate distributed systems features into the context of game-theoretic and economic models.

3. Deal with computational aspects of mechanism design.

In this talk we present an overview of some of our work on these tasks. In particular, we will consider the effects of having many participants, risk elements, and competition among sellers in the Internet setup, on the study of auctions. In addition, we consider the effects of the communication network and the asynchronous nature of distributed systems on the implementation and analysis of various economic mechanisms. Some results about the computational treatment of economic mechanisms will be mentioned as well.

Host: Tom Dean and Amy Greenwald