Universität Bonn

Hausdorff School: "Economics and Tropical Geometry"

09. May 2016 to 13. May 2016

Lipschitz Hall, Endenicher Allee 60

Organizers: Ngoc Tran (Bonn University), Josephine Yu (Georgia Tech)


Description: Tropical geometry is the study of geometric and combinatorial structures arising from doing arithmetic where "addition" is taking maximum and "multiplication" is the usual addition.  As tropical polynomials are convex piecewise linear functions, many combinatorial optimization problems have simple descriptions in terms of tropical polynomials. Methods from polyhedral geometry are well-suited for problems arising from tropical geometry and its applications.

Tropical mathematics provides a natural language for making connections between different mathematical areas and with applications.  Recent advances in tropical geometry and tropical combinatorics make new progress possible for various application areas. In the last two years, tropical geometry has appeared in auction theory and trade theory in economics, linking it with developments in discrete convexity theory. This has led to new, exciting open problems in tropical geometry, economics and combinatorics.

This summer school aims to bring graduate students, postdocs, and researchers on this topic together for one intensive week. There will be three sets of lectures on economics, tropical geometry, and discrete convex analysis. Particular focus will be on open problems and interactions between participants with different interests and backgrounds.

Lecture Series by: 

  • Elizabeth Baldwin (London School of Economics)
    • Tropical Hypersurfaces in Economics, and the Unimodularity Theorem (work joint with Paul Klemperer)
    • The Extended Product-Mix Auction (work joint with Paul Klemperer and Paul Goldberg)
    • Tropical Hypersurfaces in Economics, and the Unimodularity Theorem (work joint with Paul Klemperer)
  • Michael Joswig (TU Berlin)
    • Tropical Hypersurfaces
    • Tropical Convexity
    • Tropical Linear Programming
  • Diane Maclagan (University of Warwick)
    • Valuated matroids and tropical algebra
  • Kazuo Murota (Tokyo Metropolitan University)
    • Discrete Convex Analysis II: Properties of discrete convex functions
    • Discrete Convex Analysis III: Algorithms for discrete convex functions
  • John Weymark (Vanderbilt University)
    • A geometric approach to dominant strategy implementation
  • Yoshinori Shiozawa (Osaka City University)
    • Some New Topics in International Trade Theory


Period of stay
Elie Alhajjar George Mason University
Carlos Enrique Améndola Cerón Technische Universitat, Berlin
Elizabeth Baldwin London School of Economics
Marcel Celaya Georgia Institute of Technology
Ozgur Ceyhan University of Luxembourg
Robert Crowell University of Bonn
Albin Erlanson Bonn
Jean Bernard Eytard CMAP/Ecole Polytechnique
Alexander Guterman Moscow State University
Tim Haga Universität Bremen
Simon Hampe TU Berlin
Andreas Haupt University of Bonn
Justin Hsu University of Pennsylvania
Daniel Joo Alfred Renyi Institute of Mathematics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Michael Joswig TU Berlin
Bernhard Kasberger Universität Wien
Gleb Koshevoy CEMI RAS
Yun Liu Copenhagen Business School
Georg Loho Technische Universität Berlin
Bence Mélykúti University of Freiburg
Diane Maclagan University of Warwick
Christoph Lüders University of Bonn
Henryk Michalewski University of Warsaw
Kazuo Murota Tokyo Metropolitan University
Christoph Pegel Universität Bremen
Victoria Powers Emory University
Satya Swarup Samal University of Bonn
Benjamin Schröter Technische Universität Berlin
Akiyoshi Shioura Tokyo Institute of Technology
Yoshinori Shiozawa Osaka City University
Simón Soto Universidad de los Andes
Akihisa Tamura Keio University
Ngoc Tran Universität Bonn
Daniele Turchetti MPIM
Martin Ulirsch University of Bonn
Charles Wang Georgia Institute of Technology
John Weymark Vanderbilt University
Sonal Yadav Department of Economics, University of Padua
Josephine Yu Georgia Institute of Technology
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