The current edition of the UZH magazine focuses on "Artificial Intelligence." Sven Seuken was interviewed on how we can use AI to design better marketplaces.
Sven Seuken has joined the Editorial Board of the journal "ACM Transactions on Economics and Computation (TEAC)" starting in September 2018.
Three new PhD students have just joined our research group: Stefania Ionescu, Nils Olberg, and Jakob Weissteiner. They will all work on the ERC project "Machine Learning-based Market Design (MIAMI)". Welcome!!
Sven Seuken was award a Starting Grant by the European Research Council (ERC). His research project at the intersection of Market Design and Machine Learning will be supported with 1’375’000 Euro over a time period of five years.
On July 15, Sven Seuken will participate in a panel discussion on "Machine Learning and (vs.?) Algorithmic Game Theory" during the AAMAS-IJCAI Workshop on Agents and Incentives in Artificial Intelligence
Over the next 2 months, Gianluca Brero, Benjamin Lubin and Sven Seuken will each give a talk about their newest work on "Machine Learning-powered Combinatorial Auctions" at workshops co-located with EC'18 and at IJCAI-ECAI'18.
We are inviting applications for 2 fully funded PhD positions in Computer Science.
Two papers from the Computation and Economics Research Group were accepted at EC-18.
Two new papers from our group were accepted to IJCAI-ECAI-18.
The German business magazine "Capital" has ranked Sven Seuken as one of the "Top 40 under 40." Since 2007, the magazine publishes a "Top 40 under 40" ranking every year for four different categories. Sven Seuken was selected for the category "Society and Science" which selects high potentials from scientific institutions, unions, non-profit organizations, as well as cultural and sports organizations.
Two new papers from our group were accepted to AAMAS 2017.
Timo Mennle has been awarded the Mercator Awards 2017 for Junior Researchers in the area of Law and Economics for his dissertation.
Two new papers from our group were accepted to AAMAS 2017.
The paper "Probably Approximately Efficient Combinatorial Auctions via Machine Learning" by Gianluca Brero, Benjamin Lubin, and Sven Seuken was accepted to AAAI-17.
The paper "Finding Clearing Payments in Financial Networks with Credit Default Swaps is PPAD-hard" by Steffen Schuldenzucker, Sven Seuken, and Stefano Battiston was accepted to ITCS'17.
Timo Mennle will give talks on "First Choice-Maximizing School Choice Mechanisms" at the Seminar of the Desing and Behavior Research Group of the University of Cologne (Cologne, November 22, 2016) and at the 12th Workshop Matching in Practice (Budapest, December 15, 2016).
Steffen Schuldenzucker will give a poster talk on An Axiomatic Framework for No-Arbitrage Relationships in Financial Derivatives Markets at LOFT 2016, the 12th Conference on Logic and the Foundations of Game and Decision Theory to be held between July 20 and July 24, 2016 in Maastricht, The Netherlands.
Two papers from our group were accepted at EC'16: "Clearing Payments in Financial Networks with Credit Default Swaps" and "The Pareto Frontier for Random Mechanisms"
Daniel Abächerli will be awarded the "Semesterpreis" for his excellent Bachelor's thesis on the "Computing Pareto Frontiers for Randomized Mechanisms."
Timo Mennle will give a talk on "Partial Strategyproofness: An Axiomatic Approach to Relaxing Strategyproofness for Assignment Mechanisms" at the GAMES 2016, the 5th World Congress of the Game Theory Society to be held between July 24 and July 28, 2016 in Maastricht, The Netherlands.
Timo Mennle will give a talk on "The Pareto Frontier for Random Mechanisms" at the 13th Meeting of the Society for Social Choice and Welfare to be held between June 28 and July 1, 2016 in Lund, Sweden.
In this paper, we introduce the personalized hitting time (PHT) mechanism, which we show to be significantly more robust to sybil attacks than the global hitting time (GHT) mechanism. Furthermore, we provide an experimental analysis which demonstrates that, in the presence of strategic agents that create sybils, PHT dominates GHT (as well as PageRank and personalized PageRank) in terms of informativeness.
We present results from a field experiment, where 30 UK households used our smart thermostats to heat their homes over a month. Our findings through thematic analysis show that the participants formed different understandings and expectations of our smart thermostat, and used it in various ways to effectively respond to real-time prices while maintaining their thermal comfort.
On December 8, 2015, Timo Mennlesuccessfully defended his PhD thesis with summa cum laude. We congratulate Timo for this outstanding achievement!
On November 2-4, 2015, Timo Mennle will give a talk at the Meeting of the COST Action IC1250 on Computational Social Choice in Istanbul, Turkey on "The Pareto Frontier for Random Mechanisms"
Ludwig Dierkshas just joined our research group as a new PhD student. Welcome!!
On November 1st, 2015, Sven Seuken will give a talk at INFORMS'15 on "New Core-Selecting Payment Rules with Better Fairness and Incentive Properties".
Our group got two papers accepted at AMMA'15.
On August 17, 2015, Timo Mennle will give a talk at the World Congress of the Econometric Society (ESWC'15) in Montreal, Canada on "Partial Strategyproofness: An Axiomatic Approach to Relaxing Strategyproofness for Assignment Mechanisms."
We present results from a behavioral experiment, showing that human manipulation strategies under assignment mechanisms can largely be explained by greedy, local search heuristics. Furthermore, while such heuristics are not always optimal, they are very effective at solving the agent's manipulation problem on average.
Benedikt Bünz, who is now a Master's student at Stanford University, won an award (the "Semesterpreis") for his Bachelor's thesis written in 2014 at the Department of Informatics.
We give a structural analysis of the efficient frontier in randomized social choice when strategyproofness is relaxed by allowing small amounts of manipulability.
Sven Seuken has received a research grant from Microsoft Research for his project proposal "Preference Elicitation and Mechanism Design for Complex Dynamic Systems."
We study payment rules for combinatorial auctions via a computational Bayes-Nash equilibrium analysis and we find that the most commonly used rule is particularly unfair towards small players. We propose alternative, fairer payment rules that correct this unfairness while retaining the high efficiency of the incumbent rule.
Our paper "A Faster Core Constraint Generation Algorithm for Combinatorial Auctions" was accepted at AAAI'15.
Sven Seuken was awarded a research grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) for his research project "Trading off Strategyproofness and Efficiency in Matching Markets."
On September 3rd, 2014, Sven Seuken will give a talk at the International Conference on Operations Research (OR)in Aachen, Germany on how to design a combinatorial bandwidth market.
Sven Seuken has joined the editorial board of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR) for a three-year term on July 1st, 2014.
We present a new variant of the Boston mechanism and compare it to the traditional Boston mechanism as well as Random Serial Dictatoriship in a setting without priorities.
Our letter on "Relaxing Strategyproofness in One-Sided Matching" has been published in the ACM SIGecom Exchanges on June 2, 2014.
We are inviting applications for 2 fully funded PhD positions in "Economics and Computation."
Our paper "The Adaptive Boston Mechanism" was accepted for presentation at the Matching in Practice workshop to take place in Berlin on June 16-17, 2014.
Our paper "An Axiomatic Approach to Characterizing and Relaxing Strategyproofness of One-sided Matching Mechanisms" was accepted at EC'14.
Sven Seuken and Abraham Bernstein were awarded a grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) for their research project "A Market-based Approach for Querying the Web of Data."
Our group got two full papers accepted at AAMAS'14.
We present a new, axiomatic approach to characterizing and relaxing strategyproofness in the assignment domain.
On November 11th, we celebrated the opening of the new "Interdisciplinary Research Lab on Service, Economics, Management and Compution (SEMCom)" at Zhejiang University in China. The primary goal of this new collaboration is to enable interdisciplinary research on topics at the intersection of computing, electronic market design, and e-commerce.
Basi Philipp, who is now a Master's student at the IfI, won an award (the "Semesterpreis") for the best Bachelor's thesis written in Spring 2013 at the Department of Informatics.
The paper An Active Learning Approach to Home Heating in the Smart Gridby Mike Shann and Sven Seuken was accepted to IJCAI'13.
New working paper on Behavioral Factors in Market User Interface Designby Sven Seuken, David C. Parkes, Eric Horvitz, Kamal Jain, Mary Czerwinski, and Desney Tan.
Sven Seuken received a research grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) for his project "Foundations of Market User Interface Design and Applications to the Smart Grid" (duration: 01.04.2013 - 31.03.2016).
Sven Seuken wins a Google Faculty Research Award for his research project on "Human Recommender Systems". The award amounts to $76,000 for one year.
New working paper on Partially Strategyproof Mechanisms for the Assignment Problemby Timo Mennle and Sven Seuken.
Sven Seuken was awarded a research grant from the Hasler Foundation for a new research project on "Matching Markets".
Sven Seuken, David C. Parkes, Eric Horvitz, Kamal Jain, Mary Czerwinski, and Desney Tan published a new paper on Market User Interface Designin the Proceedings of the 13th ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce (EC), Valencia, Spain.