CSEp 590b: Incentives in Computer Science (Winter 2020)

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About this course:
Many modern applications require the design of software or systems that interact with multiple self-interested participants. This course will teach students how to think about and analyze such systems using economic and game theoretic principles. Topics include auctions (e.g., Facebook's advertising system), equilibrium analysis, cryptocurrencies (e.g. the incentive structure of Bitcoin), two-sided markets (online labor markets, dating markets, etc.),and reputation systems.


Tentative syllabus (may change):

Instructor: Anna Karlin, CSE 594, tel. 543 9344
Time: Tuesdays, 6:30 -- 9:20pm in G04
Office hours:  By appointment -- send email.

Teaching assistant:

  • Aditya Saraf send email.
  • Office hours: Tuesdays, 5:30-6:20pm. In Gates 150. Also by appointment -- just send email.

    Course evaluation: 4-5 homeworks, mix of programming and theoretical exercises (~60%), project (~40%).