University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
Some Recent News
- Microsoft Research (Feb 29 – Jun 24) I'll be on leave from UBC as a Microsoft Research New England visiting researcher.
- Charles A. McDowell Award for Excellence in Research I've received the 2015 award. From the description: "Established in 1985, the Charles A. McDowell Award for Excellence in Research, one of UBC's most prestigious research prizes, is [...] made to an outstanding young member of the faculty of UBC who has demonstrated excellence in pure or applied scientific research."
- SIGecom Chair I have been elected the new chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Electronic Commerce. The SIG is most notable for running the annual Economics & Computation conference.
- NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship From January 2015 to April 2016, I'm focusing exclusively on research (i.e., doing no teaching or service) as the recipient of an NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Award. Recipients span Canadian science and engineering; I am the 11th computer scientist to win since it was established in 1965.
Academic Affiliations I'm a member of the Computer Science Department at the University of British Columbia. I'm an associate member of the Vancouver School of Economics, and am affiliated with the Institute for Computing, Information & Cognitive Systems (ICICS), the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS), the Laboratory for Computational Intelligence (LCI) and the Bioinformatics, and Empirical & Theoretical Algorithmics Laboratory (BETA lab). I participate in the Game Theory and Decision Theory Seminar (GT-DT), the Empirical Algorithmics Reading Group (EARG), and the LCI forum. I'm a faculty associate at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. On my 2010–11 sabbatical I visited Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, and Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Institute for Advanced Studies. In 2015 I was a long-term visitor at the Simons Institute program on Economics and Computation, at UC Berkeley. I'm a former member of Yoav Shoham's Multiagent Group in the Artificial Intelligence Lab of Stanford University's Department of Computer Science.
Industry Affiliations I currently advise Auctionomics, Inc. (and through them, the Federal Communications Commission), Zynga, Inc., and Qudos, Inc. I have co-founded two companies: Kudu.ug and Meta-Algorithmic Technologies. In the past, I served as a consultant for Trading Dynamics Inc., Ariba Inc., Cariocas Inc., and was scientific advisor to Vancouver-based Zite Inc. until it was acquired by CNN in 2011.
Editorial I am an associate editor of the Artificial Intelligence Journal (AIJ), the ACM Transactions on Economics and Computation (ACM-TEAC), and AI Access, and an Advisory Board member for the Journal of AI Research (JAIR). I was program chair for ACM-EC in 2012. I've guest edited for Games and Economic Behavior (GEB), ACM-TEAC, and AI Magazine. I have served on senior program committees at AAAI, AAMAS, ACM-EC, IJCAI, and UAI, and on program committees at AMEC, AMMA, CP, CROCS, TADA.
Schedule Please check the busy slots on my free-busy calendar before proposing a meeting time. You can click the "busy" slots to see the duration of each appointment.
Books I coauthored Multiagent Systems: Algorithmic, Game-Theoretic, and Logical Foundations, and Essentials of Game Theory: A Concise, Multidisciplinary Introduction, both with Yoav Shoham.
Graduate Students and Postdocs My current students are: Alexandre Fréchette (PhD), Jason Hartford (MSc); Neil Newman (MSc), James Wright (PhD). Alice Gao is a current postdoc, and Frank Hutter is a former postdoc (left 2013) My past graduate students are: David Thompson (PhD 2015), Steve Ramage (MSc, co-supervised with Holger Hoos), Lin Xu (PhD 2014) Baharak Rastegari (PhD 2013); Chris Thornton (MSc 2012); Albert Xin Jiang (PhD 2011; MSc. 2006), Chris Nell (MSc. 2011), James Wright (MSc. 2010); Frank Hutter (PhD 2009); Ashiqur KhudaBukhsh (MSc. 2009); Erik Zawadzki (MSc. 2008; BSc. Hon 2006), David Thompson (MSc. 2007), Asher Lipson (MSc. 2005).
Prospective Students For students not enrolled at UBC: please do not contact me directly; instead, apply to my department and indicate an interest in working with me. I am likely to take on new PhD students from outside UBC only when I am already familiar with their publications from conferences that I attend. I am likely to take on other students for an MSc with the possibility of continuing to a PhD. For students who are already at UBC: please take my grad class and drop by GT-DT if you're interested in game theory/multiagent systems, or take Holger Hoos' grad class and drop by EARG if you're interested in empirical algorithmics.