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Organizers


Rediet Abebe, Harvard University


Rediet Abebe is a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and a computer science Ph.D. candidate at Cornell University. Her research is broadly in the fields of algorithms and AI, with a focus on equity, justice, and social good concerns. Abebe holds an M.S. and a B.A. in mathematics from Harvard University, an M.A. in mathematics from the University of Cambridge, and an M.S. in computer science from Cornell University. She was recently named one of 35 Innovators Under 35 by the MIT Technology Review, in part for her work with MD4SG. Her research is deeply influenced by her upbringing in her hometown of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She co-founded and has been co-organizing the MD4SG initiative since fall 2016.



Irene Lo, Stanford University


Irene Lo is an assistant professor in the department Management Science & Engineering at Stanford University. She researches how to design matching markets and assignment processes to improve market outcomes. In her work, she focuses on public sector applications and socially responsible operations research. She received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and her PhD in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research from Columbia University, and was a postdoctoral scholar in the Economics department at Stanford University. She has been co-organizing the MD4SG initiative since fall 2018.



Ana-Andreea Stoica, Columbia University


Ana-Andreea Stoica is a Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University. Her work focuses on mathematical models, data analysis, and policy implications for algorithm design in social networks. From recommendation algorithms to the way information spreads in networks, Ana is particularly interested in studying the effect of algorithms on people's sense of privacy, community, and access to information and opportunities. She strives to integrate tools from mathematical models—from graph theory to opinion dynamics—with sociology to gain a deeper understanding of the ethics and implications of technology in our everyday lives. Ana grew up in Bucharest, Romania, and moved to the US for college, where she graduated from Princeton in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in Mathematics. She has been co-organizing the MD4SG initiative since fall 2019.



Leadership


Francisco J. Marmolejo Cossio, University of Oxford


Francisco J. Marmolejo Cossio is a D.Phil. student in Computer Science at the University of Oxford working under the supervision of Professor Paul Goldberg. Prior to coming to Oxford, Francisco completed a B.A. in Mathematics at Harvard University with a minor in Neuroscience and language citation in Hindi/Urdu in 2012. In between Harvard and Oxford, Francisco spent two years in Mumbai as a Global Recruit at Mahindra & Mahindra working on fostering sustainable social entrepreneurship via Mahindra's "Spark the Rise" Campaign. Francisco's main research interests lie at the intersection of algorithmic game theory, decentralised consensus protocols, computational learning theory and mechanism design for social good. He has been co-organizing the MD4SG Development working group since spring 2019 and has been a partnership lead for the MD4SG initiative since fall 2019.



Bryan Wilder, Harvard University


Bryan Wilder is a PhD student in computer science at Harvard University, where he is advised by Milind Tambe. His research focuses on optimization and machine learning for social good, with an emphasis on applications in public health. In particular, his work integrates techniques from discrete optimization, learning, and social networks to enable better decision-making under uncertainty and improve the quality of interventions offered to marginalized populations. Bryan is supported by a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. He has been serving as head organizer of the MD4SG working groups since fall 2019 and was previously organizer of the MD4SG Inequality working group.



Zoë Hitzig, Harvard University


Zoë Hitzig is a PhD candidate in the Department of Economics at Harvard focusing on microeconomic theory, market design and public finance. Her current projects center on the provision of public goods and services. She is also interested in methodological questions arising out of the use of mechanism design in normatively complex settings. She is a 2019-2020 Graduate Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard, and has held internships at Microsoft Research NYC and Kensho Technologies. She has been co-organizing the MD4SG Global Perspectives on Inequality working group since fall 2019.



Sara C. Kingsley, CMU


Sara C. Kingsley is a PhD student in the computer sciences (HCI) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Her research investigates online job, labor, and data markets for anti-competitively designed technology, and evaluates how outcomes, including access to economic opportunities, are determined. Beyond studying the future of work and data, her past research includes telecommunications and network engineering projects in Kenya, Ghana, Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania, and South Africa. Sara’s career started in public service; she has worked for the late U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy (of Massachusetts), President Barack Hussein Obama, and more recently, interned for U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern (of Massachusetts). Sara currently serves as a representative on CMU's graduate student legislative body, and is on the program committeefor AAAI 2020 social impact track. She has been co-organizing the MD4SG Data Economies working group since fall 2019. She previously co-organized the MD4SG Online Labor Markets working group.



Faidra Monachou, Stanford University


Faidra Monachou is a Ph.D. candidate in Operations Research at the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University, advised by Itai Ashlagi. Her work focuses on market design and matching theory, and aims at understanding the theoretical foundations of socioeconomic problems that arise in large-scale online markets. She is particularly interested in the study of bias and discrimination in the sharing economy as well as the role of information design and learning in redesigning non-profit matching markets. Before coming to Stanford, she graduated from National Technical University of Athens in Greece, where she studied Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Faidra has been member of the MD4SG initiative since Fall 2018. She has been serving as a co-organizer of the MD4SG Bias, Discrimination, and Fairness working group since Fall 2019.



Moses Namara, Clemson University


Moses Namara is a Human-Centered Computing PhD candidate at Clemson University, advised by Dr. Bart Knijnenburg. His research interests are broadly in the field of usable privacy and security, and human computer interaction . He uses interdisciplinary research methods from the fields of computer science, psychology and the social sciences to understand the principles behind technology users decision making processes, specifically to try and make decisions a little easier to make through effective policies, better designed and supportive technologies. He completed an MSc. in Computer Science from Clemson University and a BSc. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a recipient of the 2017 Facebook Emerging Scholar Award as support to his research. He was born and raised in Kampala, Uganda. He has been co-organizing the MD4SG Development working group since spring 2019.



Manish Raghavan, Cornell University


Manish Raghavan is a fourth-year PhD candidate at Cornell University advised by Jon Kleinberg. He studies algorithmic decision-making and behavioral biases using techniques from theoretical computer science. In particular, he works on understanding the effects that algorithmic decision-making has on society, focusing on fairness in machine learning. His recent work seeks to understand the use of algorithms in the context of employment, with a focus on the algorithmic evaluation of job candidates. He received his B.S. from UC Berkeley in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 2016. His work is supported by fellowships from the NSF and Microsoft Research. He has been co-organizing the MD4SG Bias, Fairness, and Discrimination working group since fall 2019. He previously co-organized the MD4SG Online Labor Markets working group.



Samuel Taggart, Oberlin College


Samuel Taggart is an assistant professor of computer science at Oberlin College. Before joining the department, he completed his doctoral study at Northwestern University in 2017 under the supervision of Jason Hartline. his research interests lie at the intersection of theoretical computer science and mathematical economics. Specifically, he is interested in the interplay between economic incentives and statistical learning and in obtaining theoretical performance guarantees for practical resource allocation protocols such as the first-price auction. He is also interested in how tools from theoretical computer science, AI, and economic design can help solve problems of social import. He has been serving as a co-organizer of the MD4SG Global Perspectives on Inequality working group since fall 2019.



Previous Leadership


Kira Goldner, Columbia University


Kira Goldner is a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University hosted by Tim Roughgarden in the Computer Science department. Specifically, she is an NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellow and a Data Science Institute Postdoctoral Fellow. She received her PhD in computer science and engineering from the University of Washington under the advisement of Anna Karlin, during which she was been supported by a 2017-19 Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship and a 2016-17 Google Anita Borg Scholarship. Her research is in algorithmic mechanism design, with work ranging from relaxing traditional behavioral and informational assumptions, maximizing revenue in settings motivated by practice, and applying mechanism design to social good. She co-founded and co-organized MD4SG from Fall 2016 to 2018.



Lily Hu, Harvard University


Lily Hu is a PhD candidate in Applied Mathematics and Philosophy at Harvard University. She works on topics in machine learning, algorithmic fairness, and (political) philosophy of technology. Her current time is divided between computer science-related research, where she studies theoretical properties and behaviors of machine learning systems as they bear on deployment in social and economic settings, and philosophical work, where she thinks about causal reasoning about categories like race, theories of discrimination, and what about current technological trends makes capitalism even more distressing. Lily received an A.B. in Mathematics from Harvard College and spent a year teaching English and Spanish history in Madrid on a Fulbright Fellowship. Her current work is supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. She served as an organizer of the MD4SG Bias, Discrimination, and Fairness working group during the 2018/19 academic year.



Daniel Waldinger, NYU


Daniel Waldinger is an empirical economist working at the intersection of market design, industrial organization, and public finance. His research has focused on the design of waiting lists for public housing and organ transplants. More broadly, Dan is interested in how to fairly and efficiently regulate housing and health care markets. Dan joined the NYU economics department as an assistant professor in Fall 2019 after spending a year as a post-doc at the NYU Furman Center. Dan received his PhD in economics from MIT, and his BA in mathematics and economics from University of Chicago. He served as an organizer of the MD4SG Housing working group during the 2018/19 academic year.