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TCS+ Talk

Wednesday, May 26, 2021
10:00am to 11:00am
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An Overview of Using Mechanism Design for Social Good
Kira Goldner, Postdoc, Columbia University,

Abstract: In order to accurately predict an algorithm's outcome and quality when it interacts with participants who have a stake in the outcome, we must design it to be robust to strategic manipulation.  This is the subject of algorithmic mechanism design, which borrows ideas from game theory and economics to design robust algorithms.  In this talk, I will show how results from the theoretical foundations of algorithmic mechanism design can be used to solve problems of societal concern.

I will overview recent work in this area in many different applications — housing, labor markets, carbon license allocations, health insurance markets, and more — as well as discuss open problems and directions ripe for tools from both mechanism design and general TCS.

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  • Watching the live stream. At the announced start time of the talk (or a minute before), a live video stream will be available on our "next talk" page. Simply connect to the page and enjoy the talk. No webcam or registration is needed. Questions and comments during the talk are welcome (text only, unfortunately); simply post a comment below the live video stream on YouTube.
  • Watching the recorded talk offline. The recorded talk will be made available shortly after the talk ends on our YouTube page. (Please leave a comment if you enjoyed it!)
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