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Learning, decisions and bounded rationality
Thursday, 24 October 2013 15:12

You are invited to attend three related workshops, a field trip, and a winter school that will be held in Israel in January 23-29, 2014.

The three workshops will present different approaches to the study of decision making, learning, and bounded rationality.

In addition, graduate students and post doc fellows are invited to apply to a winter school that will be based on the three workshops with the option of getting academic credit for participation.  The formal teachers of the course will be Ido Erev (Technion), Eyal Ert (Hebrew University), Doron Kliger (Haifa University), Arnon Lotem (Tel Aviv University).  The school requirements include the attendance of the three workshops (the session on Saturday is optional), and one additional session (on Jan 29).  The students' main task is to build on the research presented in the workshops to propose new research projects.  The proposed projects will be presented on the last session, and the final papers will submitted after two weeks.

The program:

Workshop 1: The Math Psych approach and Decision Field Theory

January 23, Room 527 Bloomfield bldg., Technion (9:30- 17:30):

Organizers: Rachel Barkan and Kinneret Teodorescu.

Speakers: Rachel Barkan, Jerome Busemeyer, James Townsend, Tim Pleskac, Adele Diederich, Amnon Rapoport, Jörg Rieskamp, Tom Wallsten, and Eldad Yechiam.

Workshop 2: Learning and bounded rationality

January 24-25, Dan Panorama, Haifa (9:30 to 17:30):

Organizers: Ido Erev, Reinhard Selten, Sabine Pittnauer and Martin Hohnisch.

The first day will include reviews of distinct approaches to learning and bounded rationality, and the second day will focus on experimental study of decisions from experience.
Speakers: Jerome Busemeyer, Jerker Denrell, Eyal Ert, Klaus Fiedler, Drew Fudenberg, Coty Gonzalez, Liat Hadar, Elad Hazan, Ralph Hertwig, Robin Hogarth, Yaakov Kareev, Howard Kunreuther, Ben Newell, Mark Pauly, Sabine Pittnauer, Amnon Rapoport, Jörg Rieskamp, Zur Shapira, Avi Shmida, Reinhard Selten and John Sterman.

Field trip to the Dead Sea via Rehovot and Rahat

January 26, leaving Dan Panorama Haifa at 9:00

A visit to Sharoni Shafir's Bee laboratory in Rehovot, lunch and a discussion of the Israeli law and the Beduin culture in Rahat, hike in nature around the dead sea.

Workshop 3: Decisions, risk and ambiguity

January 27-29, the Dead Sea

Organizers: Peter Wakker, Han Bleichrodt and Ido Erev.

The first two days will include short talks on decision theory, prospect theory, and the effect of experience.  Speakers (partial list): Han Bleichrodt, Kinneret Teodorescu, Ori Plonsky, Peter Wakker, Tomás Lejarraga,, Tim Rakow, Nathan Ashby, Tilmann Betsch, Renato Frey, Doron Kliger, Idan Zelikovich. The last day (Jan 29, 9:00-12:00) will be devoted to presentations by the students of the winter school. 

Our program is supported by a grant from the North-Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences Humanities and the Arts, and by the Max Wertheimer Minerva center, the I-CORE center for empirical law (ISF), the Microsoft-Technion e-commerce research center, and the Erasmus-Technion fund.  Some of the students accepted to the winter school will be offered free accommodation in the conference hotel in the Dead Sea.

To apply to the winter school please send a short email that explains your background, and why you want to attend, to the school's TA Michael Sobolev < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > by December 1, 2013.  Adding your CV to the letter can help.

The registration to the workshops will be opened on December 2nd, 2013.

You are invited to attend part or all events.

Best regards, 

The organization committee

Ido Erev, Reinhard Selten, Sabine Pittnauer and Martin Hohnisch