Jan 27

Designing Algorithms for Social Good

11:40 AM to 12:40 PM

CSB 451

Rediet Abibe, Cornell University

Algorithmic and artificial intelligence techniques show immense potential to deepen our understanding of socioeconomic inequality and inform interventions designed to improve access to opportunity. Interventions aimed at historically under-served communities are made particularly challenging by the fact that disadvantage and inequality are multifaceted, notoriously difficult to measure, and reinforced by feedback loops in underlying structures.

In this talk, we develop and analyze algorithmic and computational techniques to address these issues through two types of interventions: one in the form of allocating scarce societal resources and another in the form of improving access to information. We examine the ways in which techniques from algorithms, discrete optimization, and network and computational science can combat different forms of disadvantage, including susceptibility to income shocks, disparities in access to health information, and social segregation. We discuss current practice and policy informed by this work and close with a discussion of an emerging research area -- Mechanism Design for Social Good (MD4SG) -- around the use of algorithms, optimization, and mechanism design to address this category of problems.

Jan 30

Ben Cosman

10:10 AM to 11:10 AM

CS conference room (CSB 453)

Ben Cosman, University of California San Diego

Jan 31

Theory Seminar - Arnold Filtser

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

CSB 453

Arnold Filtser, Columbia University

Feb 07

Theory Seminar - Sergiu Hart

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

CSB 453

Sergiu Hart, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Feb 14

Theory Seminar - Jiapeng Zhang

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

CS conference room (CSB 453)

Jiapeng Zhang, Harvard University

Feb 21

Theory Seminar - Peilin Zhong

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

CSB 453

Peilin Zhong, Columbia University

Feb 27

Theory Seminar - Zhao Song

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM