This was part of Distributed Solutions to Complex Societal Problems Reunion Workshop

Mean Field Games planning problems with general initial and final measures

Daniela Tonon, University of Padova

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Abstract: The planning problem in Mean Field Games (MFG) was introduced by P.-L. Lions in his lessons, to describe models in which a central planner would like to steer a population to a predetermined final configuration while still allowing individuals to choose their ownstrategies. In a recent variational approach, see (Graber, Mészáros, Silva and Tonon 2019) and (Orrieri, Porretta and Savaré 2019) the authors studied the well-posedness of this problem in case of merely summable initial and final measures, using techniques, coming from optimal transport, introduced by Benamou and Brenier in 2000, extended to the congestion case in  (Carlier, Cardaliaguet and Nazaret 2013), and already used to show the existence and uniqueness of weak solutions for classical MFGs by Cardaliaguet and collaborators. The case of less regular initial and final measures is now studied via techniques introduced by Jimenez in 2008, for the analogous problem in optimal transport.