On December 18, 2013, ISET hosted the second event in a series of discussions on the topic of inclusive growth. The topic of the event was Modernization of Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Extension Systems related to agriculture in Georgia.

The event opened with a short presentation of the main lessons learned from previous donor-financed VET initiatives in other countries. Later UNDP representative Sophie Kemkhadze presented the SDC- financed project on VET in agriculture, which started this year in Georgia. She talked about the innovative development and delivery of high quality training and extension services to ordinary farmers; the establishment and strengthening of an institutional setup that will be capable of taking over responsibility for the delivery of these services; and setting up a system that ensures the availability of a high quality workforce to deliver these services to farmers.

Task Assignment with Autonomous and Controlled Agents was the topic of an interactive seminar given by Dr. Florian Biermann at ISET on November 20, 2013. The assignment problem is one of the most famous branches of operational research. The general problem concerns a situation whereby one has a number of tasks that should be divided among employees. The purpose of the seminar was to show an algorithm for optimal task allocation among autonomous and controlled agents.

Dr. Biermann immediately attracted the attention of the audience by introducing an interesting and very suitable example concerning ISET. The example was as follows: four tasks need to be divided among four agents (four ISET faculty members), the efficiency of the different tasks done by different faculty members is different. The aim was to find the way that the tasks should be divided in order to maximize the outcome for the institution.

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