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Academic Lecture: Game-Theoretic Methods in Computer Vision

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Topic : Game-Theoretic Methods in Computer Vision
Speaker : Marcello Pelillo
Time :
10:00am   Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Place : 303 Conference Room in Electronic and Information School 

Abstract : 
      The development of game theory in the early 1940's by John von Neumann was a reaction against the then dominant view that problems in economic theory can be formulated using standard methods from optimization theory. Indeed, most real-world problems typically involve conflicting interactions among decision-making agents that cannot be adequately captured by a single (global) objective function, thereby requiring a more sophisticated treatment. Accordingly, the main point made by game theorists is to shift the emphasis from optimality criteria to equilibrium conditions. As it provides an abstract theoretically-founded framework to elegantly model complex scenarios, game theory has found a variety of applications not only in economics and, more generally, social sciences but also in different fields of engineering and information technologies. In particular, in the past there have been various attempts aimed at formulating problems in computer vision, pattern recognition and machine learning from a game-theoretic perspective and, with the recent development of algorithmic game theory, the interest in these communities around game-theoretic models and algorithms is growing at a fast pace. The goal of this lecture is to offer an introduction to the basic concepts of game theory and to provide an overview of some recent applications in computer vision and pattern recognition. We shall assume no pre-existing knowledge of game theory by the audience, thereby making the lecture self-contained and understandable by a non-expert.

About the speaker : 
      Marcello Pelillo is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Venice, Italy, where he directs the European Centre for Living Technology and leads the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition group, which he founded in 1995. He held visiting research positions at Yale University (USA), McGill University (Canada), the University of Vienna (Austria), York University (UK), the University College London (UK), and the National ICT Australia (NICTA) (Australia). He serves (or has served) on the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, IET Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition, Brain Informatics, and is on the advisory board of the International Journal of Machine Learning and Cybernetics. He has initiated several conferences series as Program Chair (EMMCVPR, IWCV, SIMBAD) and has served as a General Chair for ICCV 2017. Prof. Pelillo has been elected a Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the IAPR, and has been appointed IEEE Distinguished Lecturer (2016-2017 term). His Erdös number is 2.