Kirk Kayser

Kirk Kayser



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Assistant Professor
Department of Mathematics & Actuarial Science

Kirk Kayser grew up in northwest Ohio and received his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Toledo before obtaining his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Arizona State University. His research utilizes agent-based simulation, kinetic theory, and game theory for socioeconomic modeling; he also has a growing interest in data mining. Dr. Kayser enjoys spending time with his wife and two adorable daughters and is active in his faith.


  • Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, Arizona State University, 2018
  • M.S. in Mathematics, University of Toledo, 2013
  • B.S. in Mathematics, University of Toledo, 2011

Research, Creative, & Professional Work

  • Socio-economic modelling
  • Agent-based simulation
  • Kinetic models of markets
  • Game theory
  • Publications

  • Kayser, Kirk, and Adam Lampert. "Survivor’s dilemma: The evolution of cooperation in volatile environments." Journal of Theoretical Biology 516 (2021): 110603.
  • Kayser, Kirk, Dieter Armbruster, and Michael Herty. "Kinetic models of conservative economies with need-based transfers as welfare." Kinetic & Related Models 13.1 (2020): 169.
  • Kayser, Kirk, and Dieter Armbruster. "Social optima of need-based transfers." Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications 536 (2019): 121011.
  • Affiliations & Awards

  • Best student paper in a special session, “Kinetic Models of Conservative Economies with Welfare Thresholds”, Applied Mathematics, Modeling and Computational Science, Summer 2017.
  • Robert G. Maule Excellence in Teaching Mathematics Award, Arizona State University, 2016
  • Graduate & Professional Student Association Teaching Excellence Award, Arizona State University, 2016