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Invited Speakers
Christos Papadimitriou
Christos Papadimitriou studied in Athens Polytechnic (Bachelor of Science in Electical Engineering 1972) and Princeton (Master of Science in Electical Engineering, 1974 and PhD in Electical Engineering and Computer Science, 1976).
Since then, he has taught at Harvard, MIT, Athens Polytechnic, Stanford, and University of California, San Diego. He came to Berkeley in January 1996 ( and he was there also in 1978 as a Miller fellow). In 2001 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery. In 2002 Christos Papadimitriou won the 5th Knuth Prize for longstanding and seminal contributions to the foundations of computer science.
He is interested in the theory of algorithms and complexity, and its applications to databases, optimization, artifical intelligence, networks, and game theory. He has written numerous standard works on these topics. Moreover, he is deemed to be the originator of the Algorithmic Game Theory.
Reinhard Selten
Reinhard Selten was born in Breslau, on October 5, 1930. He obtained his PhD from the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, in 1961. From 1969-72 he was Full Professor at the Department of Economics of the Free University of Berlin, Germany, and from 1972-84 he was Full Professor at the Institute for Mathematical Economics of the University of Bielefeld, Germany. Since 1984 he acts as Full Professor at the Department of Economics of the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University of Bonn, Germany. Besides numerous Honorary Doctoral Degrees from diverse international universities, he got the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 1994, together with John C. Harsanyi and John F. Nash, and in 2000 the prize of the State North-Rhine Westfalia. Reinhard Selten is Fellow of the Econometric Society, Fellow of the European Economic Association and he was President of the European Economic Association. He is Honorary Member of the American Economic Association, Member of the Nordrhein-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Honorary member of the National American Academy and Member of the Order Pour le Mérite for Arts and Sciences. He is also Honora Patrona Komitato at Universala Esperanto Asocio.
His main areas of interest are Game Theory and its applications as well as Experimental Economics and the Theory of Bounded Rationality.
Paul Spirakis
Paul Spirakis was born in 1955 and obtained his PhD from Harvard University, USA, in 1982. He has served as an assistant professor at New York University, the Courant Institute, before he was appointed as an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of Patras University (Greece) in 1987 and promoted to Full Professor in the same department in 1990. Paul Spirakis was honored several times with international prizes and grants (e.g. NSF), also the top prize of the Greek Mathematics Society. He was appointed as a Distinguished Visiting Scientist of Max Planck Informatik in 2001. Paul Spirakis was the Greek National Representative in the Information Society Research Programme (IST) and the vice-President of the Council of the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS). He is member of ISTAG (Information Society Technologies Advisory Group), a prestigious body of about 40 individuals advising EU for research policy. He consults for the Greek State, the European Union and several major Greek Computing Industries.
He is interested in the theory of algorithms and complexity as well as in the theory of computer systems and networks. In recent years, his research also includes foundational issues of algorithmic game theory.


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