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Rad Niazadeh

Department of Computer Science, Ph.D.,
Cornell University, Ithaca.
Email: rad at cs.cornell.edu

Biography

My name is Rad Niazadeh (راد نیازاده), and I did my Ph.D. in theoretical computer science at Cornell University in 2017. I have been thrilled to have professor Robert Kleinberg as my advisor at Cornell. Prior to that, I received my B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering form Sharif University of Technology in 2008 and 2010 respectively. I will start as a “Motwani postdoctoral researcher” at Stanford University (computer science department, theory group) in Fall 2017. Joint with Stanford, I will also be a long-term visiting scientist at Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at UC Berkeley during Fall 2017. Here are the links to my CV and Google scholar page.

  • On a separate note: my better half, Saba Niaki, is a graphic designer and is looking for jobs in the Bay Area. Check her well-designed homepage!

Research Interests

My current interests are in different areas of theoretical computer science and operations research, with a focus on “economics and computation”:

  • Algorithmic mechanism design,

  • Online algorithms and mechanisms,

  • Learning in mechanisms and markets,

  • Computational social choice.

Problems at the intersection of combinatorial optimization, game theory, machine learning and probability theory are of my general interest.

Research Internships

During several internships, I had the great privilege of being mentored by:

Honor and Awards

What’s new?

  • I defended my Ph.D. dissertation, entitled “Mechanism Design for Complex Environments”, on June 16, 2017!

  • I’m excited to join Stanford CS Theory Group as a Motwani Postdoc starting in September 2017!

  • I’m excited to be a long-term visiting scientist at Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing during Fall 2017!

  • I’m invited to write an article on ‘‘strategic input to algorithms” for XRDS: Crossroads, The ACM Magazine for Students!

  • We are invited to contribute a letter for SIGEcom exchanges on our STOC’17 paper about Bayesian black-box reductions!

  • I will visit Princeton theory group (hosted by Matt Weinberg) during July and August, 2017!

  • I’ll give a talk on “Bernoulli Factories and Black-Box Reductions in Mechanism Design” at Google Research (NYC) on July 18, 2017!

  • I’ll give a talk on “Black-Box Reductions in Mechanism Design” in New York Computer Science and Economics Day (NYCE) on May 19, 2017!

  • I’ll give a colloquium talk on “Robustness of Online Algorithms” at SUNY Buffalo on April 20, 2017!

  • My paper “Bernoulli Factories and Black-Box Reductions in Mechanism Design” got accepted to STOC 2017!

  • Our work “Truth and Regret in Online Scheduling” will also be presented at STOC 2017 poster session!

  • My papers “Truth and Regret in Online Scheduling” and “Online Auctions and Multi-scale Learning” got accepted to EC 2017!

  • I’ll give a talk on “Algorithms vs. Mechanisms : Mechanism Design For Complex Environments” at SUNY Buffalo on March 30, 2017!

  • I’ll give a talk on “Algorithms vs. Mechanisms : Mechanism Design For Complex Environments” at Cornell University on February 7, 2017!

  • My paper “GSP - The Cinderella of Mechanism Design” got accepted to WWW 2017!

  • My paper “Optimal Auctions vs Anonymous Pricing“ is invited to Games and Economic Behavior (GEB): Special Issue for best AGT papers from STOC, FOCS, and SODA 2014-2015!