This Week in Logic at CUNY

— Tuesday, September 3, 2013 —
Computational Logic Seminar
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 2:00 pm Graduate Center, room 3209
Speaker: Sergei Artemov The CUNY Graduate Center
Title: Towards Syntactic Epistemic Game Theory
The traditional semantic approach to consider a game as an Aumann structure, though flexible and convenient, is not foundationally satisfactory due to assumptions that a given Aumann structure adequately represents the game and that this structure itself is common knowledge for the players.
These assumptions leave a gap between the officially syntactic character of the game description that often admits multiple models and studying a game as a specific model that is somehow assumed to be commonly known. This gap has been largely ignored or covered up by using as examples simple epistemic scenarios with natural models that were tacitly used as definitions of the game instead of declared syntactic game descriptions. Among others, Aumman found this foundationally unsatisfactory and argued for using what he called ‘Syntactic epistemic logic’ for reasoning about games.
In this talk, we outline a systematic approach to epistemic game theory which we suggest calling ‘Syntactic Epistemic Game Theory’, SEGT, consistent with Aumann’s suggestions, that studies games as they are normally described, in their syntactic form. In SEGT, semantic methods should be properly justified from the original game description. As a case study, we offer a SEGT theory of definitive solutions of strategic games with ordinal payoffs.
— Thursday, September 12, 2013 —
Homotopy Type Theory Reading Group
Thursday, September 12, 2013 7:00 pm GC 8405
Speaker: Dustin Mulcahey
Title: Welcome to the Homotopy Type Theory Reading Group
The goal of this group is to study this:
Homotopy type theory is a new foundation for mathematics based upon type theory and the univalence axiom. This is a topic that unifies the foundations of mathematics, computer science, algebraic topology, and type theory.
Our first meeting will be on Thursday, September 12th at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave, NYC. The time will be 7pm and the room is 8405.
The first talk will be given by Dustin Mulcahey, and will consist of an informal overview of the work. We can also take this time to discuss how we should organize the seminar and split up the talks.
We will be meeting (roughly) every two weeks.
Jointly organized by:
New York Haskell Meetup
New York Category Theory Seminar

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