Spring 2024 GRASP on Robotics: David Fridovich-Keil, University of Texas at Austin, “Information-Aware Algorithms for Smooth Dynamic Games”
April 12 at 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
This is a hybrid event with in-person attendance in Wu and Chen and virtual attendance on Zoom.
This talk introduces dynamic game theory as a natural modeling tool for multi-agent interactions ranging from large, abstract systems such as ride-hailing networks to more concrete, physically-embodied robotic settings such as collision-avoidance in traffic. We present the key theoretical underpinnings of dynamic game models for these varied situations and draw attention to the subtleties of information structure, i.e., what information is implicitly made available to each agent in a game. Thus equipped, the talk presents a state-of-the-art technique for solving several variants of these games, as well as a set of “dual” techniques for the inverse problem of identifying players’ objectives and other structures based on observations of strategic behavior.
University of Texas at Austin
David Fridovich-Keil is an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin. David’s research spans optimal control, dynamic game theory, learning for control, and robot safety. While he has also worked on problems in distributed control, reinforcement learning, and active search, he is currently investigating the role of dynamic game theory in multi-agent interactive settings such as traffic. David’s work also focuses on the interplay between machine learning and classical ideas from robust, adaptive, and geometric control theory.