Game Theory and Human Behavior addresses problems of global interest such as energy, healthcare, financial markets and security necessarily involve understanding and influencing the behavior of multiple parties with differing agendas. Our effort is to create a campus-wide collaborative environment for Game Theory and Human Behavior promises to fuse the mathematics and formal approaches of the former with the wealth of social science insights of the latter to create new and necessary approaches for 21st century issues. The National Academy of Engineering has identified several Grand Challenge areas including preventing nuclear terror, advancing personalized learning, securing cyberspace and renewing urban infrastructure. All involve multiple decision-makers in game-theoretic and human behavior settings, thus requiring the fusion of mathematical, engineering and social sciences to make significant progress in addressing these challenges.

USC is in the enviable position of being on the cusp of addressing these challenges. Over 50 faculty members have joined this effort from 13 schools and centers including the Annenberg School for Communication, the Gould School of Law, the Marshall School of Business, the College, the CREATE center, Center for Sustainable Cities, Center for Megacities, Center for Energy Informatics, Schaeffer Center for Health Economics and Policy, the School of Policy, Planning and Development, the Institute for Creative Technologies, the School of Architecture, and the Viterbi School of Engineering. We have expertise from architecture, civil and environmental engineering, computer science, economics, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, law, operations management, policy planning and development, psychology and sociology. While there have been some interdepartmental collaborations, we have not been able to connect to a degree necessary to expand our endeavors to the scope of solutions that the problems require. This effort on Game Theory and Human Behavior (GTHB) will create the momentum to overcome barriers by organizing a series of workshops, seminars, tutorials and courses culminating in a week of GTHB Showcase events that will highlight our first-year outreach and development efforts. The GTHB effort promises to put USC in a unique position to tackle many of the key challenges of the 21st century.

The GTHB group gratefully acknowledges support from the USC research collaboration fund. It currently does not directly support PhD students; please contact the organizers for further information and updates.