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Conflict, Competition, Cooperation and Complexity: Using Evolutionary Game Theory to model realistic populations

Objective

"Real animals and human populations are complex, involving structural relationships depending upon space and time and varied interactions between potentially many individuals. Human societies feature family units, communities, companies and nations. Some animal also have complex societies, such as primate groups and social insect colonies. Single organisms themselves can be thought of as complex ecosystems, host to many interacting life forms.

Models of populations are necessarily idealised, and most involve either simple pairwise interactions or ""well-mixed"" structureless populations, or both. In this project we shall develop game-theoretical models, both general and focused on specific real population scenarios, which incorporate population structure and within population interactions which are both complex in character. We will focus on the themes of Conflict, Competition, Cooperation and Complexity inherent in the majority of real populations.

There will be four complementary subprojects within the overall project. The first will focus on developing a general theory of modelling multiplayer evolutionary games in structured populations, and will feed into each of the other three subprojects. The second will consider complex foraging games, in particular games under time constraints and involving sequential decisions relating to patch choice. The third will involve developing computational models of spatio-temporal dynamics for the modelling of pandemics. The final subproject will model cancer as a complex adaptive system, where a population of tumour, normal and immune cells evolve within a human ecosystem.

The four subprojects will be developed in parallel fostered by frequent research visits and interactions, each involving a team comprising of EU and North American researchers, and will feed into each other through regular interactions and meetings. The aim is to develop a rich, varied but consistent theory with wide applicability."

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/mathematics/applied mathematics/game theory
  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/epidemiology/pandemics

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2015
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Coordinator

CITY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
Address
Northampton Square
EC1V 0HB London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 45 000

Participants (5)

Biologicke centrum AV CR, v. v. i.
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 18 000
Address
Branisovska 31
370 05 Ceske Budejovice
Activity type
Research Organisations
EOTVOS LORAND TUDOMANYEGYETEM
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 18 000
Address
Egyetem Ter 1-3
1053 Budapest
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 76 500
Address
Via Giuseppe Verdi 8
10124 Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 49 500
Address
Minderbroedersberg 4-6
6200 MD Maastricht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SZEGEDI TUDOMANYEGYETEM
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 9 000
Address
Dugonics Ter 13
6720 Szeged
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

Partners (5)

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
United States
Address
1111 Spring Garden Street
27412-5013 Greensboro
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
WILFRID LAURIER UNIVERSITY
Canada
Address
King Street 232
N2L 3C5 Waterloo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS
United States
Address
660 S Mill Avenue Centerpoint 312
85281 Tempe
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
United States
Address
1901 South First Street Suite A
618207406 Champaign
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
H. LEE MOFFITT CANCER CENTER AND RESEARCH INSTITUTE INC
United States
Address
12902 Magnolia Drive
33612 Tampa Fl
Activity type
Research Organisations