Urban Larsson, Ph.D. in Mathematics

I am a visiting associate professor at IEOR, IITB in India.

Phone: +919152881011
E-mail: larsson(at)iitb.ac.in, urban031(at)gmail.com

My favourite topics are Game Theory, Discrete Mathematics, Number Theory, Combinatorics, Cellular Automata, Mechanism Design, Algorithms, and more.

I am the Editor of the book Games of No Chance 5 MSRI, CUP (available at Amazon, see also GONC for the first book in this popular series of books of peer reviewed papers in combinatorial game theory), and I am an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Game Theory. We published a special issue on combinatorial games, with high standard research papers invited from the conferences CGTC I and CGTC II and beyond.

My previous research positions were at National University of Singapore, School of Computing, with Prof. Reza Shokri and Prof. Yair Zick; at the Technion with Prof. Reshef Meir and Ron Lavi; and at Dalhousie University (a Killam postdoc 2014-2016) with Prof. Richard Nowakowski. My Phd-advisers were Docent Johan Wästlund and Prof. Peter Hegarty.

Recent events: Workshop in Combinatorial Game Theory November 4-8 2019 CGT-workshop at IIT Bombay, invited by Prof. K.S. Mallikarjuna Rao.

Workshop in Combinatorial Game Theory CGT-workshop at The Ohio State University June 3-7 2019, host Dr. Erika Berenice Roldan Roa.

AAMAS 2019 tutorial on Combinatorial Game Theory: AAMAS Lecture.

The workshops at Ohio State University and IIT Bombay lead to a chapter in a book about art and mathematics: CombinArtorial games, and pdf (file is 140 MB so might take a few seconds to load).

I organized a workshop in Combinatorial Game Theory at the Technion, Israel, 2018, Games@Carmel 2018.

Combinatorial Game Theory contibutions:

We are accepting submissions for the next issue in the book series Games of No Chance, GoNC6. The deadline for submissions is June 2022. In addition to original research, we invite a few surveys on selected CGT-topics. If you are interested in contributing, please send me an email at urban031(at)gmail.com.






See also my arXiv pages

Here is an outline on an ongoing project to formalize 'the Alexander Technique'--I certified as a teacher of the Alexander Technique over 20 years ago, but did not pursue it as a profession, because at the time I did not find the method formal enough: Vicious cycles and questions without answers. A more modern version, still developing: New version. Here are some slides that I was developing before writing the paper slides. While writing the paper, I realized that the concepts do not seem to require mathematical formulas, although I still think habits could be modeled as functions; the idea of a habit is that, given a stimulus, it produces a predetermined action (for a given agent with this habit).

Coauthors: A. Balz, J. Chappelon, G. Cohensius, M. Cook, E. Duchêne, M. Dufour, M. Fisher, N. Fox, A. S. Fraenkel, E. Friedman, S. Garrabrant, V. Gurvich, P. Hegarty, M. Heinrich, S. Heubach, N. B. Ho, C. Kimberling, J. Knape, A. Landsberg, A. Maatsura, N. McKay, R. Meir, R. Milley, T. Neary, J. P. Neto, R. J. Nowakowski, A. Parreau, N. Patel, R.K. Rai, G. Renault, I. Rocha, S. Rubinstein-Salzedo, C. P. Santos, T. Schoen, A. Siegel, D. Wahlstedt, M. Weimerskirch, J. Wästlund
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To the left, a picture from our Blocking the Queen CA project, and to the right, two of its many variations: