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Department of Informatics Computation and Economics Research Group

Dr. Mike Shann

Dr. Mike Shann
Group member: 11/2011 - 09/2019 (on leave: 2016-2019)
First position: Software engineer in the IoT sector working at dormakaba

Short Bio

Mike joined the Computation and Economics Research Group as a PhD student in November 2011. He was on leave from 2016-2019. In September 2019, he defended his PhD thesis, advised by Sven Seuken, titled A Smart Thermostat for Demand-Side Management With Real-Time Electricity Prices.

In 2008, he received a BSc in Informatics from the University of Zurich with a focus on Business Economics and AI. In 2011, he received a MSc in Computer Science from ETH Zürich with a focus on Information Security.

Research Interests

Smart Grid Markets; Preference Elicitation; Behavioral Economics; Artificial Intelligence; Electronic Market Design; Mechanism Design; Electronic Commerce.


  • Save Money or Feel Cozy? A Field Experiment Evaluation of a Smart Thermostat that Learns Heating Preferences.
    Mike Shann, Alper Alan, Sven Seuken, Enrico Costanza, and Sarvapali Ramchurn. In Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS), São Paulo, Brazil, May 2017. .[pdf]
  • It is too Hot: An In-Situ Study of Three Designs for Heating.
    Alper T. Alan, Mike Shann, Enrico Costanza, Sarvapali D. Ramchurn, and Sven Seuken. In Proceedings of the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), San Jose, CA, May 2016.[pdf]
  • Adaptive Home Heating under Weather and Price Uncertainty using GPs and MDPs.
    Mike Shann and Sven Seuken. In Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS), Paris, France, May 2014.[pdf]
  • An Active Learning Approach to Home Heating in the Smart Grid.
    Mike Shann and Sven Seuken. In Proceedings of the 23rd International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), Beijing, China, August 2013.[pdf]
  • Game Theoretical Analysis of Incentives for Large-scale, Fully Decentralized Collaboration Neworks
    Thomas Bocek, Michael Shann, David Hausheer, and Burkhard Stiller. In IEEE International Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Processing (IPDPS 2008).pdf


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