Fourth Conference on "Logic and the Foundations of the Theory of Games and Decisions"

June 29 - July 2, 2000. Torino, Italy


Giacomo BONANNO (University of California Davis, U.S.A.)
Wiebe van der HOEK (University of Utrecht, Holland)

Aims of the conference
This is the fourth in a series of conferences on the applications of logical methods to foundational issues in the theory of (individual and interactive) decision-making. The previous three conferences took place at CIRM (Marseille, France) in January 1994 and at ICER (Torino, Italy) in December 1996 and December 1998. LOFT4 has been planned in cooperation with the TARK community and it is hoped that it will attract researchers who have participated in past TARK conferences. The aim of the LOFT conferences is to promote exchange across different disciplines. The organizers express their preference for papers which bring together the work and problems of several fields, such as game and decision theory, logic, computer science and artificial intelligence, philosophy, cognitive psychology, mathematics and mind sciences. The complete programs of the last two LOFT conferences are available at:

Among the topics of particular relevance are:

  1. Modal logic: multi-agent logic, temporal logic, dynamic logic, probabilistic and multi-valued logic, logic of belief revision, the logical-omniscience problem.
  2. Game and decision theoretic applications of modal logic: epistemic foundations of decision theory, epistemic foundations of equilibrium concepts in games, reasoning and belief revision in extensive-form games, applications of complexity theory.
  3. Learning and information-processing models: economic aspects of information processing, learning in game-theoretic contexts, inductive learning and inductive decision making.

Format of the conference and submission
The four-day conference will include 11 invited lectures and 11 contributed papers. Submission for contributed papers are encouraged from all those who are working in one or more of the broad areas above, whatever their professional fields. Potential contributors should send one copy of an extended abstract (not more than 3 pages) to:

The Organizing Committee, LOFT4
International Centre for Economic Research
Villa Gualino
Viale Settimio Severo, 63
10133 Torino, ITALY
fax: +39.011.6600082.

Complete papers are also welcome, but they will not be considered if they are not accompanied by an extended abstract. If not obvious from the abstract, the authors should mention whether and how their work fits the list of topics suggested above. The deadline for submission is February 15, 2000, and authors will be notified of acceptance decisions by March 31, 2000. People presenting contributed papers will have their local expenses (accommodation and meals) covered by ICER, while they are expected to rely on other sources for travel expenses. Further details will be communicated following acceptance of the papers.

Those who wish to participate in the conference without submitting a paper should express their interest to the Organizing Committee at ICER.

Selected papers from the previous LOFT conferences were published (or are forthcoming) in special issues of Theory and Decision, Mathematical Social Sciences, in a volume by Kluwer Academic Press and in Games and Economic Behavior. It is the intention of the organizers to publish a selection of the papers presented at LOFT4 in one or more special issue of a suitable journal. Details will be given at the conference.

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