Uniting Game Theory, Math Stars, and Actors to Build Human …

Wallace Research Symposium on Talent Development

Campus/Building Maps

Keynote: Uniting Game Theory, Math Stars, and Actors to Build Human Intelligence in the AI AgePo-Shen Loh

Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Lawrence D. McHugh Hall

One of the central challenges of beyond-standard-curriculum instruction (such as gifted education) is how to achieve equitably-distributed scale. Making matters worse, generative AI (such as ChatGPT) is increasingly adept at solving standard curricular tasks, so it is urgent to scalably deliver teaching that goes beyond current standards. Fortunately, there is an area close to math which devises solutions in which problems solve themselves even through self-serving human behavior: Game Theory. The speaker will describe his recent work using Game Theory to create a novel alignment of incentives to concurrently solve pain points in disparate sectors. At the heart of the innovation is a new, mutually-beneficial cooperation between high school math stars and professionally-trained actors and comedians. This creates a highly scalable community of extraordinary coaches with sufficient capacity to teach large numbers of middle schoolers seeking academic enrichment (https://live.poshenloh.com). At the same time, it creates a new pathway for high school math stars to significantly strengthen their emotional intelligence. The whole program is conducted virtually, so it reaches through geographic barriers. The speaker will also share his experience extending this work to build talent development pipelines in underprivileged communities, identifying and supporting highly motivated middle school students who otherwise did not have access to coaching.

Po-Shen Loh Picture
Po-Shen Loh is a social entrepreneur and inventor working across the spectrum of mathematics, education, and healthcare, all around the world. He is a math professor at Carnegie Mellon University and served a decade-long term as the national coach of the USA International Mathematical Olympiad team from 2013–2023. He has pioneered innovations ranging from a scalable way to learn challenging math online at comparable engagement to live-streaming entertainment to a new way to control pandemics by leveraging self-interest. As an academic, Po-Shen has earned distinctions ranging from an International Mathematical Olympiad silver medal to the United States Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. As an educator, he was the coach of Carnegie Mellon University’s math team when it achieved its first-ever #1 rank among all North American universities and the coach of the USA Math Olympiad team when it achieved its first-ever back-to-back #1-rank victories in 2015 and 2016, and then again in 2018 and 2019. His research and educational outreach takes him to cities across the world, reaching over 10,000 people each year through public lectures and events, and he has featured in or co-created videos totaling over 19 million YouTube views.