Here, we provide a short history of the SING conference. For a summary of the Italian-Spanish series and the SING conference, you can download this pdf file for which we thank Gianfranco Gambarelli.
The first occasion in which Italian researchers joined together for a meeting on Game Theory dates back to 1983, thanks to the initiative of Gianfranco Gambarelli and Michele Grillo. On the 12th of October in Bergamo, a working day was held about: "A discussion between economists and mathematicians: recent contributions from Game Theory to Economics". One year later, Pierangelo Mori and Fioravante Patrone organised, in Pavia (December 14 and 15) the first meeting under the name that would last for a long time: "Convegno di Teoria dei Giochi ed Applicazioni" (which was called the "second meeting" to acknowledge the relevance of the "working day" held in Bergamo). Invited speakers were Gerhard Schwodiauer and Stef Tijs. Then came Firenze, in 1986: the meeting was on 23rd and 24th May, and it was organised by Andrea Battinelli and Guidi. The invited speakers were Michael Bacharach and Reinhard Selten. Next, it was again the turn of Bergamo, in 1987 (main organiser: Gambarelli), followed by Cagliari 1988 (Andrea Battinelli), Modena 1989 (Gianni Ricci), Pisa 1992 (Giacomo Costa), Genova 1993 (Fausto Mignanego and Fioravante Patrone), Siena 1995 (Stefano Vannucci), Bergamo (the 10th, edition, again Gambarelli) 1996, Milano 1997 (Michele Polo and Gilli), Genova 1998 (jointly with Game Practice I, Fioravante Patrone), Bologna 1999 (Elettra Agliardi).
During this period the "CITG" (Centro Interuniversitario per la Teoria dei Giochi e le sue Applicazioni - Interuniversity Centre for Game Theory and Applications) was created, under the initiative of the researchers in Pavia, Bergamo and Firenze. It was born in Firenze (official birth date: December 31, 1990) with the participation of a dozen of Universities. The first director was, for six years, Piero Tani, followed by Marco Dardi and Fioravante Patrone. A new form of this Center is forthcoming. The CITG organised the "International Conference on Game Theory" in Firenze, from 25 to 27 of June, 1991. The meeting of Ischia 2001 was organised by Jaqueline Morgan having in mind the alternation agreement with Spain, and luckily saw a very good participation of Spanish researchers. Gian Italo Bischi organised the 2003 Meeting in Urbino, where a lot of special sections were organised by Gambarelli in honour of the 65-th birthday of Guillermo Owen. Andrea di Liddo was the organiser of the 2006 edition at Foggia.
The first occasion in which Spanish researchers joined for a meeting on Game Theory dates back to 1994. In those days, the number of Spanish game theorists was increasing considerably and the growing Spanish Game Theory community decided to organise a conference every two years. The first Spanish Game Theory Meeting, organised in Bilbao by Federico Valenciano and Jose Zarzuelo, was a great success. Since then, the meetings in Santiago de Compostela (1996), organised by Ignacio García Jurado, Barcelona (1998), organised by Carles Rafels, and Valencia (2000), organised by Amparo Urbano, were great successes, with more than 100 presentations in each of them, showing the good health of the many Spanish research groups in Game Theory and their growing international links. The meetings in Sevilla (2002), organised by Mario Bilbao and Paco Ramón Fernández, and Elche (2004), organised by Joaquín Sánchez Soriano, continued the “joint venture” between Italy and Spain started in 2000. In 2005, a new partner, The Netherlands, joined the club.
There is no tradition of organising Dutch game theory conferences. There is a monthly game theory seminar (afternoon or day) in Tilburg, first established in Nijmegen in 1982 by Stef Tijs, and now under the responsibility of Peter Borm. There is also, since the middle of the eighties, a monthly seminar on the closely related area of social choice in Tilburg, organised by Ton Storcken, Ad van Deemen, and Harrie de Swart. In 1996, the Third International Meeting of the Society for Social Choice and Welfare was organised (in Maastricht) by Hans Peters and Ton Storcken. The first conference on Logic, Game Theory and Social Choice (LGS1) was organised by Harrie de Swart in 1999 (Tilburg-Oisterwijk). In 2002, Peter Borm c.s. organised a game theory conference on the occasion of the 65th birthday of Stef Tijs (Tilburg). Several workshops on (cooperative) game theory were and are organised by Gerard van der Laan and René van den Brink (Amsterdam) and Theo Driessen (Enschede). The 8-th International Symposium on Dynamic Games and Applications was organised by Frank Thuijsman and Koos Vrieze (Maastricht-Vaalsbroek, 1998).
SING: The joint venture
In 2000 Federico Valenciano organised in Bilbao GAMES 2000, the first Meeting of the Game Theory Society. During this conference Fioravante Patrone, director of the Italian CITG, took the initiative of looking for a "joint venture" between Italy and Spain, suggesting the alternation of Italian and Spanish meetings. The agreement of this idea by the involved researchers lead to the meetings of Ischia (2001), Sevilla (2002), Urbino (2003) and Elche (2004).
During the Meeting of Urbino the idea of The
Netherlands as a “new entry” into the Italian-Spanish alternation,
proposed by Patrone, was eagerly approved. The first edition of SING
(Spanish-Italian-Netherlands Game Theory Meeting) was organised by
Hans Peters in Maastricht from 24 to 26 June 2005. Andrea di Liddo
organised the second edition, SING2, in Foggia. Juan Tejada organized
SING3 in Madrid in 2007. In 2008 the conference was organized outside
one of the three SING countries for the first time. Jacek Mercik organized
SING4 in Wroclaw, Poland. In 2009 SING5 was organized by René
van den Brink in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and in 2010 Italy was
host again, with Dario Bauso as organizer of SING6 in Palermo. In
2011 the conference is held for the first time in France, and is organized
by Michel Grabisch and Agnieszka Rusinowska.
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