ORIE’s Garg receives honorable mention for SIGecom Doctoral Dissertation Award

School of Operations Research and Information Engineering Assistant Professor Nikhil Garg has received honorable mention for his dissertation, “Designing Marketplaces and Civic Engagement Platforms,” by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group for Economics and Computation (SIGecom) Doctoral Dissertation Award competition.

The SIGecom recognizes an outstanding dissertation in the field of economics and computation. The award is conferred annually at the ACM Conference on Economics and Computation.

"Nikhil's thesis offers wide-ranging methodological contributions to platform design with applications to surge pricing, rating systems, and preference elicitation for participatory budgeting,” the committee wrote. “Nikhil's work combines elegant theoretical modelling with impressive experimental and empirical analysis. His deep engagement with real-world platforms makes his work a wonderful example of applied research on the intersection of operations research, economics, and computer science."

Garg, a member of ORIE’s Cornell Tech faculty, received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2020, where he was part of the Society and Algorithms Lab and Stanford Crowdsourced Democracy Team and advised by Ramesh Johari and Ashish Goel. He also received B.S. and B.A. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015.


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