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MD4SG '19

3rd Workshop on Mechanism Design for Social Good

Call for Participation


The 3rd Workshop on Mechanism Design for Social Good (MD4SG 19) will take place at this year's ACM Conference on Economics and Computation (EC 19) in Phoenix, AZ, USA on 28 June 2019.


The goal of the workshop is to highlight work where techniques from algorithms, optimization, and mechanism design, along with insights from other disciplines, have the potential to improve access to opportunity for historically underserved and marginalized communities. The workshop will feature keynote presentations, contributed talks, problem pitches and demonstrations, a poster session, and a panel discussion, with a focus on bridging research and practice.

We solicit submissions of research papers, as well as special problem- and practice-driven submissions, to be presented at the workshop. The deadline for submissions is 27 April 2019 at 5 PM GMT. We also solicit applications for travel grants. The deadline for travel grant applications is 15 April 2019 at 5 PM GMT.

We encourage submissions from across various disciplines and covering domains including bias and discrimination, civic participation, computational sustainability, developing nations, economic inequality, education, healthcare, housing, on- and off-line labor markets, and privacy and security. Submissions can be research papers introducing new theory or applications, as well as position papers synthesizing existing work and perspectives or highlighting future directions. For the first time, the workshop will also accept problem pitches and demonstration submissions. Submissions will fall into one of four tracks:
In addition, we will also accept special submissions as problem pitches or demonstrations. We especially encourage individuals from government and non-government organizations and industry to submit to this track.

For all submissions, topics of interest include but are not limited to:
Submissions will be evaluated on the following criteria:

Submission Instructions:


Authors should upload a PDF of their paper to EasyChair. There are no specific formatting instructions or length requirements. In addition to the PDF, authors are asked to upload a 200-250 word description onto EasyChair summarizing their submission and its relevance to the workshop. Authors do not need to be first author of the submitted work. Authors should list all co-authors on the presented work both in the PDF of the submission as well as on EasyChair.

Authors may submit papers that are working papers, papers that have already been published, or are under review. If the work is already published, please include a citation on EasyChair.

There will be no published proceedings. All submissions will be peer-reviewed by at least 2 reviewers. The committee reserves the right not to review all the technical details of submissions. Submissions are single-blind (i.e., authors should include their name and affiliation in the paper).

Travel Grants:


The workshop will provide a number of need-based travel grants to participants to subsidize the costs of registration, travel, and accomodation at the workshop. Awardees of the travel grants will have the opportunity to participate in an interdisciplinary networking session with members of the broader MD4SG and EC community. Preference will be given to individuals who have submitted papers to the workshop or the EC conference before the travel grant submission deadline. We especially encourage those from underrepresented communities and institutions to submit a travel grant application.

All travel grant applications must be submitted by 15 April 2019 at 5 PM GMT; applications received after this date will not be considered.


Important Information:



Organizing Committee:


Program Chairs:

  • Rediet Abebe, Cornell University
  • Irene Lo, Stanford University
  • Area Chairs:

  • Theory: Hamsa Bastani, University of Pennsylvania; Kira Goldner, University of Washington
  • Empirical Studies: Daniel Waldinger, New York University
  • AI and ML: Sanmay Das, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Problems and Demos: Sera Linardi, University of Pittsburgh; Aditya Vashistha, University of Washington