Hi, I'm Neil Newman, a PhD student in the UBC Computer Science department. My supervisor is Kevin Leyton-Brown. I am a member of the Algorithms Lab (formerly BETA) and the Laboratory for Computational Intelligence.


I'm currently working on Kudu, a mobile market for agricultural trade in Uganda. I am also researching the FCC Incentive Auction and am a developer of SATFC, a specialized solver for the station repacking problem that arises in the auction. Through this work, I was one of a large team that won the 2018 INFORMS Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research and the Management Sciences. I have also worked on The Positronic Economist, a system for automatically generating compact game representations from high-level specifications of mechanisms.


  • Operations Research Enables Auction to Repurpose Television Spectrum for Next-Generation Wireless Technologies
    Jean L. Kiddoo, Evan Kwerel, Sasha Javid, Melissa Dunford, Gary M. Epstein, Charles E. Meisch,Jr., Karla L. Hoffman, Brian B. Smith, Anthony B. Coudert, Rudy K. Sultana, James A. Costa, Steven Charbonneau, Michael Trick, Ilya Segal, Kevin Leyton-Brown, Neil Newman, Alexandre Fréchette, Dinesh Menon, and Paul Salasznyk
    INFORMS Journal on Applied Analytics 2019 49:1, 7-22
  • Designing and Evolving an Electronic Agricultural Marketplace in Uganda
    Neil Newman, Lauren Falcao Bergquist, Nicole Immorlica, Kevin Leyton-Brown, Brendan Lucier, Craig McIntosh, John Quinn, Richard Ssekibuule
    ACM SIGCAS Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies (COMPASS), 2018.
  • Deep Optimization for Spectrum Repacking
    Neil Newman, Alexandre Fréchette, Kevin Leyton-Brown
    Communications of the ACM (CACM), volume 61, number 1, pp. 97–104 , January 2018.
  • Solving the Station Repacking Problem.
    Alexandre Fréchette, Neil Newman, Kevin Leyton-Brown
    Chapter 38 in M. Bichler & J. Goeree (eds.), Handbook of Spectrum Auction Design, Cambridge University Press, pp. 813–827, 2017.
  • The Positronic Economist: A Computational System for Analyzing Economic Mechanisms
    David Thompson, Neil Newman, Kevin Leyton-Brown
    In Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), 2017.
  • Solving the Station Packing Problem
    Alexandre Fréchette, Neil Newman, Kevin Leyton-Brown
    In Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), 2016.

MSc Thesis

  • Efficient Feasibility Checking in Reverse Clock auctions for Radio Spectrum
    University of British Columbia, 2017.


  • 2017 - (Ongoing): Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science - University of British Columbia
  • 2014 - 2017 Master of Science in Computer Science - University of British Columbia
  • 2009 - 2014 Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Science Major in Electrical and Computer Engineering -University of Toronto

Selected Employment

  • 2015 - (Ongoing) Contractor for Auctionomics
  • 2014 - 2015 UBC Graduate TA for the CSPC 210 Software Construction
  • May 2012 - August 2013 Software Developer, Member Services at Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan


newmanne at cs dot ubc dot ca

ICICS Room X560

289-2366 Main Mall

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


  • Lead programmer and associate designer of GONE a mobile game for android on the google play app store