BPML: Promoting cooperation via incentives – an evolutionary game theoretic approach - Calina Durbac

Wednesday 29 March 2023 (19:00-20:00)

Cooperation is the act of paying a cost in order to convey a benefit to somebody else. Although it initially seems against the Darwinian theory of natural selection, cooperation has been, is, and will always be a vital part of life, from cellular clusters to bees to humans.

This talk will introduce the audience to evolutionary game theory, and more specifically, to the use of incentives such as reward and punishment with the aim of promoting cooperation. External institutions such as the UN and NATO can provide incentives to enhance cooperation in a population in which this behaviour is infrequent. This process however requires spending optimisation as it can be costly. The cost function modelling this behaviour will be presented as well as some more analytical results, all in an accessible (and fun!!!) fashion. Numerical simulations are also provided to demonstrate analytical observations.


Calina Durbac
PhD student in Evolutionary Game Theory


Please join us in person at 19:00, Lecture Theatre A, Watson Building, Edgbaston Campus, University of Birmingham.