Nash, Nyquist and Next

14 Nov
Electrical Engineering Seminar Series
Peter Chin, Boston University and Draper Laboratory
Friday, November 14, 2014 -
3:00pm to 4:00pm
Maxwell Dworkin G125

Standing tall among the major mathematical achievements of 20th century are two theorems whose subsequent impacts far outweighed their original intent.  One such theorem is due to John Nash, whose proof of the existence of equilibrium in a non-cooperative game gave rise to the concept of the eponymous Nash Equilibrium, which in many ways revolutionized the field of economics.  Another is due to Harry Nyquist, whose Nyquist–Shannon sampling theorem, which states that every time-varying band-limited signal can be perfectly reconstructed from an infinite sequence of samples acquired at the twice rate of its maximum frequency, laid the foundation of the modern information and communication theory.  I will describe some recent progress in extending these results - in dynamic game theory, where the rules of the game change over time, and in the theory of compressive sensing, which guarantees perfect reconstruction of signals from far fewer number of samples than required by the Nyquist theorem, if the signals are sparse in some appropriate domain.  I will then describe some applications of these extensions and finally a potential surprising connection between these two important theorems.

Speaker Bio: 

Dr. Peter Chin (Ph.D., MIT) is a chief scientist - decision systems at Draper Laboratory and research professor in the dept. of computer science at Boston University.  His research areas include compressive sensing, data fusion, extremal graph theory, game theory, and machine learning, and his research has been supported by grants from NSF, ONR, AFOSR, OSD and DARPA.  Dr. Chin was a triple major in electrical engineering, computer science, and mathematics at Duke University, and he earned his Ph.D. in mathematics at MIT. 

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