Colloquia Patavina: Getting agents to tell the truth

Martedi' 31 Gennaio 2011 - Boi Faltings


Martedi' 31 Gennaio 2012 alle ore 16:00 in aula 1A/150 della Torre Archimede il Professor Boi Faltings (EPFL, Lausanne) terra' una conferenza della serie Colloquia Patavina.

La Commissione Colloquia
P. Ciatti, M.A. Garuti, M. Pavon, F. Rossi

Getting agents to tell the truth

Boi Faltings (EPFL, Lausanne)

There are many scenarios where we would like agents to report their observations or expertise in a truthful way. Game-theoretic principles can be used to provide incentives to do so. I survey several approaches to eliciting truthful information, in particular scoring rules, peer prediction methods and opinion polls. I will also discuss their application to applications ranging from reputation systems to environmental monitoring.

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Boi Faltings is a full professor of computer science at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), where he heads the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. His main research contributions are in the area of qualitative and case-based reasoning, constraint programming, distributed problem-solving, and recommender systems. He has co-founded 6 companies in e-commerce and computer security and acted as advisor to several other companies. Prof. Faltings has published over 300 refereed papers and graduated over 25 Ph.D. students, several of which have won national and international awards. Boi Faltings is a fellow of the European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence. He has served as head of the computer science department from 1996-1998 and as head of the Institute of Core Computing Sciences from 2005-2008. He holds a Diploma from ETH Zurich and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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