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Lab Lunch Talk: Firefighter Games

Speaker: Mary Cryan and Cat Wedderburn

When Oct 08, 2019
from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Where MF2
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I will introduce the concept of a 'Firefighter Game', which models the scenario of a graph within or more 'burning' nodes which set neighbours alight, with one or more Firefighters having to choosing nodes to 'defend' (quench the fire at that point) in such a way as to minimize overall damage overtime. Because of the temporal aspect of the game this is a more difficult computational problem than it might seem, with minimizing #burnt-nodes' being NP-hard even on some very simple graphs.

After I discuss some of the initial concepts and results, Cat will present some initial results on minimal maximal damage (mmd) graphs and how they may model epidemiological problems.

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