DIMACS-LAMSADE partnership


Two leading research centers, DIMACS (the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science, based at Rutgers University), and LAMSADE (the Laboratoire d'Analyse et Modélisation de Systèmes pour l'Aide à la Décision, a CNRS research center based at Université Paris Dauphine) have initiated an international collaboration organized around modern computer science applications of methods developed by decision theorists, in particular methods involving consensus and associated order relations. The project seeks to explore the connections between computer science and decision theory, develop new decision-theory-based methodologies relevant to the scope of modern CS problems, and investigate their applications to problems of computer science and also to problems of the social sciences which could benefit from new ideas and techniques. The project features exchange visits of graduate students and junior researchers and several workshops aimed at introducing a broader community to the topics of the collaboration. After several years of cooperation and three successful workshops (in 2004, 2006 and 2008) the project is now more specifically oriented to Algorithmic Decision Theory. This is also the main subject of the COST Action IC0602 and the DIMACS Special Focus on the same subject to which both laboratories participate.

Broader Impacts: The project is expected to have impact well beyond the small number of people participating in the exchange visits through a center-to-center exchange that will involve a large number of scientists associated with the two centers in the related scientific discussions and interchanges. Moreover, the impact will be broadened through the workshops that will introduce many of those both associated with and outside the two collaborating centers to this new field. The results should be broadly useful in emerging information technology applications, in areas of economics and political science where methods of decision theory have traditionally been applied, and in new areas of application of decision theory such as to problems of epidemiology and bio-terrorism.

If you want more details on the original project see here [.pdf]

For more details on Algorithmic Decision Theory look here.