Kevin Leyton-Brown

Computer Science

University of British Columbia


2366 Main Mall, Room X565

Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

604-822-1453 (phone)

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Brief biography

Curriculum Vitae

Kevin Leyton-Brown
Photo credit: Martin Lipman and NSERC
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Affiliations  I'm a member of the Computer Science Department at the University of British Columbia.  I'm 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. I'm a former member of Yoav Shoham's Multiagent Group in the Artificial Intelligence Lab of Stanford University's Department of Computer Science. I currently advise Auctionomics, Inc. (and through them, the Federal Communications Commission), Zynga, Inc., Qudos, Inc., and, which I co-founded. 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.
Multiagent Systems   Essentials of Game Theory
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), Steve Ramage (MSc,  co-supervised with Holger Hoos), James Wright (PhD).  Alice Gao is a current postdoc, and Frank Hutter is a former postdoc (left 2013) My graduated students are: David Thompson (PhD 2015), 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.