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Seminar and Public Lecture by Professor John Nash at Shue Yan

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Professor John F. Nash Jr., winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize in Economics, gave a seminar and a public lecture in Shue Yan University from 9-10 March 2011.

Internationally renowned game theorist and winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize in Economics Professor John F. Nash Jr., gave a seminar and a public lecture in Hong Kong Shue Yan University from 9-10 March 2011, at the invitation of Shue Yan University and the SRS Consortium for Advanced Study in Dynamic Cooperative Games.

The seminar, held in March 9 in the Lady Shaw Hall at the University’s Braemar Hill campus, was targeted for the University’s staffs and students. About 900 staffs, students and a small number of visitors attended the seminar.

This is the third time Professor Nash visited Hong Kong. His wife, Alicia Nash, and his son, John Charles Martin Nash, were with him.

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Professor David Yeung (left), Head and Distinguished Research Professor of the Department of Business Administration, Shue Yan University, introduced the academic achievements of Professor Nash in the seminar.

The other speakers in the seminar included St Petersburg State University’s Professor Leon Petrosyan and  Shu Yan University’s Professor David Yeung. Professor Petrosyan is an internationally renowned game theorist, Dean of the Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Control Process, St Petersburg State University, and Co-director of SRS Consortium for Advanced Study in Dynamic Cooperative Games. Professor Yeung is Head and Distinguished Research Professor of the Department of Business Administration, Shue Yan University, and Executive Director of the SRS Consortium for Advanced Study in Dynamic Cooperative Games.

In the seminar, Professor Nash, 82, shared his life and experiences in Princeton University as a graduate student and how John von Neumann and Oskar Morgenstern, founders of modern game theory, influenced him. He also answered questions raised by staffs, students and alumnus. Professor Petrosyan, on the other hand, gave an account of the developments in game theory in the former Soviet Union and the present day Russia. Professor Yeung concluded with experiences in recent developments in North America and Russia.

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Professor Petrosyan, Dean of the Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Control Process, St Petersburg State University, gave an account of the developments in game theory in the former Soviet Union and the present day Russia in the seminar held on 9 March.

The John Nash Public Lecture on the topic “Cooperative Optimization” was held in the afternoon of March 10 in Lady Shaw Hall. Dr Henry Hu, President of Hong Kong Shue Yan University, delivered an opening address which marked the start of the lecture.

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In the public lecture, attended by about 800 academics and guests, Professor Nash presented various refinements and improvements on his recent research on three person cooperative games.

Some senior officials from the HKSAR Government attended the lecture, including Miss Adeline Wong, Under Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Dr. Lee Boon Ying, Director of the Hong Kong Observatory, Mrs. Brown Tsang Mui Fan, Commissioner of Rating and Valuation and Mr Chan Chi Chiu, Director of Drainage Services.

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Left to right: Dr. Lee Boon Ying, Director of the Hong Kong Observatory, Mr Chan Chi Chiu, Director of Drainage Services, Alicia Nash, Professor Nash’s wife, Professor Nash, Dr. Henry Hu, President of Shue Yan University, Professor Petrosyan, and Miss Adeline Wong, Under Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs.

Professor Nash held a press conference on 11 March in the University. He visited Shenzhen and its stock exchange on 14 March in a courtesy excursion arranged by the sponsors of his visit to Shue Yan.

Professor David Yeung said the discipline of game theory studies decision making in an interactive environment, and cooperative optimization suggests the possibility of a socially optimal and individually rational solution.

From: March Issue 2011

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