CS Talk - Simina Branzei, Hebrew University

Event time: 
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 4:00pm
AKW 200 See map
51 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

CS Talk
Simina Branzei, Hebrew University

Title: Computational Fair Division and Mechanism Design

Host: Joan Feigenbaum


The emergence of online platforms has brought about a fundamental shift in economic thinking: the design of economic systems is now a problem that computer science can tackle. For the first time we are able to move from the study of economic systems as natural systems to carefully designing and executing them on a computer. Prominent examples of digital market mechanisms include auctions for ads (run by companies such as Google) and electromagnetic spectrum (used by the US government).

I will discuss several recent developments in fair division and mechanism design. I will start with a dictatorship theorem for fair division (cake cutting), showing that requiring truthfulness gives rise to a dictator. Afterwards, I will discuss the theme of simplicity and complexity in mechanism design, and more generally the interplay between economics and computation and learning.


Simina Branzei is an I-CORE postdoctoral fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specializing in the area of Economics and Computation. Her research has been published at top conferences in artificial intelligence such as AAAI and IJCAI, and she received multiple awards, such as the Simons-Berkeley fellowship, the IBM Ph.D. fellowship, and the Google Anita Borg Memorial scholarship.

She completed a Ph.D. at Aarhus University, Denmark, M.Math from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and held visiting positions at Tsinghua University, China, and Carnegie Mellon University.