CMPUT 654 - Modelling Human Strategic Behaviour


This course examines the mathematical and empirical foundations of modelling behaviour by human and other boundedly rational agents, in scenarios where the agents have independent goals and priorities. The course will cover the classical game theoretic results for fully rational agents, before surveying the results of modern empirical behavioural research. The course will be capped off by a small research project, in which students will survey an area of existing literature and propose directions for further study.


  • Formally represent an arbitrary strategic scenario in the game theoretic paradigm
  • Understand the main implications of the full rationality assumption in game theory
  • Understand the most common ways in which humans fail to satisfy the full rationality assumption and the implications of those failures

Course Work

  • Assignments
  • Projects
  • Presentations

Related Research Areas

  • Artificial Intelligence