September 3 - 4, 2009
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

Research Issues at the Interface of Computer Science and Economics

Program (with slides)
Post-Workshop Report


Research Issues at the Interface of Computer Science and Economics was a workshop held September 3-4, 2009 at Cornell University to explore topics where there are opportunities for research interaction between computer scientists and economists. It was structured to facilitate discussions among people working in different disciplines, with different perspectives that can be usefully synthesized in approaching problems of shared interest.

The workshop led to the preparation of a report to the National Science Foundation outlining emerging opportunities in this area. Funding for the workshop was provided by NSF, and participants from NSF were in attendance.

The report can be downloaded from this page. This page also includes an annotated program with links to the speakers' presentation slides.

The workshop reflected topics fundamental to current research in both computing and economics, including issues with the potential to inform design and policy considerations in a range of areas. These topics include models of learning by computational agents in economic settings; research on the role of complex networks in economic systems; the welfare properties and stability of equilibria; the computational tractability of basic economic problems, and the design of computationally feasible mechanisms; and the role of information, trust, and reputation in markets.

Conference Contact:
Melissa L. Totman

Cornell University
Participant Name (Affiliation)
Dirk Bergemann, Yale

Jon Kleinberg, Cornell

Avrim Blum, Carnegie Mellon

Rachel Kranton, Duke

Larry Blume, Cornell

John Ledyard , Caltech

Christian Borgs, Microsoft

Nancy Lutz, NSF

Jennifer Chayes, Microsoft

Jeff Mackie-Mason, University of Michigan

Costis Daskalakis, MIT

Stephen Morris, Princeton

David Easley, Cornell

S. Muthukrishnan, Google

Joan Feigenbaum, Yale

Christos Papadimitriou, UC Berkeley

Lance Fortnow, Northwestern

David Parkes, Harvard

Sanjeev Goyal , Cambridge

Rafael Pass, Cornell

Joe Halpern, Cornell

Jennifer Rexford, Princeton

Jason Hartline, Northwestern

Yoav Shoham, Stanford

Nicole Immorlica, Northwestern

Gun Sirer, Cornell

Sampath Kannan, NSF

Eva Tardos, Cornell

Anna Karlin, U. Washington

Rakesh Vohra, Northwestern

Michael Kearns, U. Penn Richard Yang, Yale

Tracy Kimbrel, NSF

H. Peyton Young, Oxford
Bobby Kleinberg, Cornell

Travel Details

The workshop will be held at the Statler Hotel on the Cornell University Campus:

The Statler Hotel provides an airport shuttle, complimentary to hotel guests.
Valet parking is also available.

Metered Parking on campus can be located following our Cornell Universtiy Campus Map

Driving? Directions
Flying? Airport Info.
Bus? Campus to Campus (NYC only)

Other Local Hotel Options:
Hilton Garden Inn
Holiday Inn
Homewood Suites
Best Western

Program (and links to speakers' slides below)

Wednesday September 2

7pm - 10pm: Reception in Duffield Hall - Wintergarden Atrium

Thursday September 3

8:45am - 9:15am: Opening Remarks

9:15am - 11:15am: Mechanism Design and Background

11:15am - 11:45am: Coffee Break

11:45am - 12:45pm: Incentives and Social Groups

12:45pm - 2:30pm: Lunch

2:30pm - 4:00pm: The Role of Networks

4:00pm - 4:30pm: Coffee Break

4:30pm - 5:30pm: Internet Applications

Friday September 4

8:30am - 10:00am: Models of Agents and Strategies

10:00am - 10:30am: Coffee Break

10:30am - 12:30pm: Design of New Markets

12:30pm - 2:00pm: Lunch

2:00pm - 3:00pm: Computation and Complexity

3:00pm - 4:00pm: Closing Panel on Further Directions

Funding for the workshop is provided by the National Science Foundation.