Organizers: Giovanni Catino and Fabio Cipriani

**Roberto Cominetti**, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez,

*Stochastic atomic congestion games: Price-of-Anarchy and convergence for large games*, Friday, March 08, 2019, time 11:00, Sala del Consiglio 7° piano

**Abstract:****Abstract:**
We consider atomic congestion games with stochastic demand in which each player participates in the game with probability p, and incurs no cost with probability 1-p. For congestion games with affine costs, we provide a tight upper bound for the Price-of-Anarchy as a function of p, which is monotonically increasing and converges to the well-known bound of 5/2 when p converges 1. On the other extreme, for p? 1/4 the bound is constant and equal to 4/3 independently of the game structure and the number of players. For general costs we also analyze the asymptotic convergence of such games when the number of players n grows to infinity but the probability tends to zero as $p_n=\lambda/n$, in which case we establish the convergence towards a Poisson limit game. In a different approach where the weight of the players tend to zero, we find that the limit yields a Wardrop equilibrium for a corresponding nonatomic game.
**Camilla Nobili**, Universität Hamburg,

*Rigorous bounds on the heat flux in turbulent convection*, Wednesday, Febraury 27, 2019, time 15:15, Aula seminari 3° piano

**Abstract:****Abstract:**
We are interested in thermal convection as described by the Rayleigh-B ?enard convection model. In this model the Navier-Stokes equations for the (divergence-free) velocity u with no-slip bound- ary conditions is coupled to an advection-diffusion equation for the temperature T with inhomo- geneous Dirichlet boundary conditions. The problem of understanding the (average) upward- heat-transport properties is of great interest for the applications and challenging for the rigorous analysis. We show how the PDE theory (in particular, regularity analysis) can contribute to the understanding of the scaling regimes for the heat transport. After reviewing the theory of Constantin& Doering ’99 we will present some recent results and discuss new challenges.
**Guglielmo Feltrin**, Politecnico di Torino,

*Positive solutions to indefinite problems: a topological approach*, Thursday, December 06, 2018, time 15:30, Aula seminari 3° piano

**Abstract:****Abstract:**
In this seminar, we present some recent existence and multiplicity results for positive solutions of boundary value problems associated with second-order nonlinear indefinite differential equations. More precisely, we deal with the ordinary differential equation
u?? + a(t)g(u) = 0,
where a: [0,T] ? R is a Lebesgue integrable sign-changing weight and g: [0,+?[ ? [0,+?[ is a continuous nonlinearity.
We focus on the periodic boundary value problem and on functions g(u) with superlinear growth at zero and at infinity (including the classical superlinear case g(u) = up, with p > 1). Exploiting a new approach based on topological degree theory, we show that there exist 2m ? 1 positive solutions when a(t) has m positive humps separated by negative ones and the negative part of a(t) is sufficiently large. In this manner, we give a complete answer to a question raised by Butler (JDE, 1976) and we solve a conjecture by G ?omez-Ren ?asco and L ?opez-G ?omez (JDE, 2000). The method also applies to Neumann and Dirichlet boundary conditions and, furthermore, provides a topological approach to detect infinitely many subharmonic solutions and globally defined positive solutions with chaotic behaviour.
Thereafter, we illustrate other directions for the research on indefinite problems: super-sublinear problems, models in population genetics, and also problems involving more general differential oper- ators, as the Minkowski-curvature one or the one-dimensional p-Laplacian. Exact multiplicity results and indefinite problems in the PDE setting are also discussed.
The talk is based on joint works with Alberto Boscaggin (University of Torino), Elisa Sovrano (University of Porto) and Fabio Zanolin (University of Udine) and on the book “Positive Solutions to Indefinite Problems. A Topological Approach” (Frontiers in Mathematics, Birkh ?auser/Springer, 2018).
**Luigi Vezzoni**, Università degli Studi di Torino,

*The Quantitative Alexandrov Theorem in Space forms*, Tuesday, November 27, 2018, time 15:15, Aula seminari 3° piano

**Abstract:****Abstract:**
The talk focuses on a recent generalization of a classical result of Alexandrov. The celebrated Alexandrov's Soap Bubble Theorem states that the spheres are the only closed (i.e. compact and without boundary) constant mean curvature hypersurfaces embedded in the Euclidean space. The theorem has been generalized to the hyperbolic space and to the hemisphere and to a large class of curvature operators. The main result of the talk is a quantitative version of Alexandrov's theorem which I've obtained in collaboration with Giulio Ciraolo and Alberto Roncoroni by using a quantitative study of the method of the moving planes. The theorem implies a new pinching Theorem for hypersurfaces in space forms.
**Alessandro Zilio**, Université Paris Diderot,

*Predator-prey model with competition, the emergence of territoriality*, Tuesday, October 30, 2018, time 15:15, Aula seminari 3° piano

**Abstract:****Abstract:**
I will present a series of works in collaboration with Henri Berestycki (PSL), dealing with systems of predators interacting with a single prey. The system is linked to the Lotka-Volterra model of interaction with diffusion, but unlike more classic works, we are interested in studying the case where competition between predators is very strong: in this context, the original domain is partitioned in different sub-territories occupied by different predators. The question that we ask is under which conditions the predators segregate in packs and whether there is a benefit to the hostility between the packs. More specifically, we study the stationary states of the system, the stability of the solutions and the bifurcation diagram, and the asymptotic properties of the system when the intensity of the competition becomes infinite.
**Shmuel Zamir**, The Hebrew University,

*Strategic Use of Seller Information in Private-Value First-Price Auctions*, Monday, October 22, 2018, time 11:00, Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Matematica, Sala del Consiglio 7° piano

**Abstract:****Abstract:**
In the framework of a private-value-first-price auction, we consider the seller as a player in a game with the buyers in which he has private information about their realized valuations. We ask whether the seller can benefit by using his private information strategically. We find that in fact, depending upon his information, set of signals, and commitment power the seller may indeed increase his revenue by strategic transmission of his information. For example, in the case of two buyers with values distributed independently and uniformly on [0,1], a seller informed of the private values of the buyers, can achieve a revenue close to 1/2 by sending verifiable messages (compared to 1/3 in the standard auction), and this is the largest revenue that can be obtained with any signalling strategy.