Computation and Incentives in Social Computing

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 3:00pm

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LIDS Seminar Series

Speaker Name

Yiling Chen


Harvard University

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Social computing is a broad and evolving research area that concerns harnessing human intelligence to solve computational problems. The success of a social computing system relies on complex and dynamic interactions among people and computing technologies. My research group has focused on designing rules of interactions to achieve system-wide goals in social computing. We approach the design problem from three interleaving directions: algorithms and computational theory, theory of incentive alignment, and understanding of human social behavior. In this talk, I will present a few projects along these directions, with a common theme of understanding how to obtain high-quality contributions from participants in social computing. 


Yiling Chen is the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of Natural Sciences and Associate Professor of Computer Science at Harvard University. She received her Ph.D. in Information Sciences and Technology from the Pennsylvania State University. Prior to working at Harvard, she spent two years at Yahoo! Research in New York City. Her current research focuses on topics in the intersection of computer science and economics. She received an ACM EC Outstanding Paper Award, an AAMAS Best Paper Award, and an NSF Career award, and was selected by IEEE Intelligent Systems as one of "AI's 10 to Watch" in 2011.

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