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Berlekamp Memorial Workshop on Combinatorial Games October 21, 2019 - October 22, 2019
Registration Deadline: October 22, 2019 about 1 month ago
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Location: MSRI: Simons Auditorium, Atrium
Organizers Svenja Huntemann (Carleton University), Richard Nowakowski (Dalhousie University), Aaron Siegel (Airbnb)
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Elwyn Berlekamp (1937-2019) was a pioneering contributor to combinatorial game theory, greatly advancing the subject over the course of a more than five-decade career. Along with his coauthors, John Conway and Richard Guy, Berlekamp invented the modern form of the theory, with the publication of Winning Ways for Your Mathematical Plays in 1982. His later work substantially advanced our understanding of the mathematical structure of well-known games such as Go, Amazons, and Dots-and-Boxes. More information about his life can be found at www.msri.org/elwyn. This workshop will be an informal two-day mini-conference honoring Berlekamp's work and the subject he helped create. The event will consist of talks, afternoon workshops, and a combinatorial games tournament. Monday, October 21 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Presenter talks (schedule TBD) 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM - Lunch break 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM - Combinatorial games tournament 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM - TBD: Workshop session [or reception] Tuesday, October 22 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Presenter talks (schedule TBD) 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM - Lunch break 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM - Workshop session About the Subject Combinatorial game theory is the study of two-player games with no hidden information and no chance elements. The theory assigns algebraic values to positions in such games and seeks to quantify the algebraic and combinatorial structure of their interactions. Its modern form was introduced in 1982 with the publication of Winning Ways by Berlekamp, Conway, and Guy (as mentioned above), and interest has rapidly increased over the ensuing thirty-five years. Still in its comparative infancy, combinatorial game theory continues to be an active area of study, and it has drawn interest from researchers in fields as diverse as commutative algebra, computational complexity, combinatorial number theory, and professional Go. The workshop is supported with the generous assistance of the Elwyn and Jennifer Berlekamp Foundation.
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Oct 21, 2019
Monday
09:00 AM - 09:30 AM
  Welcome
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  Elwyn Berlekamp and Combinatorial Game Theory
Aaron Siegel (Airbnb)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  Coffee Break
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  TBA
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  The Cheating Robot
Melissa Huggan (Ryerson University)
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
  The fragility of golden games
Urban Larsson (National University of Singapore)
12:30 PM - 02:00 PM
  Lunch Break
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  Combinatorial games tournament
03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
  Tea Break
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
  Combinatorial games tournament
04:30 PM - 05:30 PM
  Discussion of workshop problems
05:30 PM - 07:00 PM
  Reception
Oct 22, 2019
Tuesday
09:00 AM - 09:30 AM
  A universal ruleset
Carlos Santos (CEAFEL-University of Lisbon)
09:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  Bounding the Boiling Point
Svenja Huntemann (Carleton University)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  Yellow-Brown Hackenbush, incentives, and why uptimals are the numbers of the all-small world
Neil McKay (University of New Brunswick)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  Coffee Break
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  Partisan Pic Arete
Richard Nowakowski (Dalhousie University)
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  Beatty Games Big and Small
Michael Fisher (West Chester University)
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
  Distinguishing Gamblers from Investors at the Blackjack Table
David Wolfe (QRAcorp)
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
  Lunch Break
01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
  Workshop session
03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
  Tea Break
03:30 PM - 05:30 PM
  Workshop session