First Cambridge Area Economics and Computation Day


Friday November 18, 2011

CFP | Schedule | Short talks | Posters

IMPORTANT! CAEC venue change!

The conference is now at Harvard, not MIT, due to larger than expected attendance.
New location
Harvard Law School, Ames Courtroom in Austin Hall, 1515 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA.
Austin Hall is a 5 minute walk from the Harvard Square T station.
Here is a map and directions by Harvard. And here is a Google Map.

Call For Participation

A lot of research and business activity in the Cambridge/Boston area is engaged in economic and computational questions in regard to understanding and developing the economics of Internet activity. Examples of topics of interest include theoretical, modeling, algorithmic, and empirical work on electronic commerce, networked behavior, and social networks.

One of the main purposes of CAEC is to encourage collaboration between local researchers. Significant emphasis will be placed on a poster session and short talks. The overall structure of the day will involve four longer talks, this first year by each of the steering committee, with a short talks session and a poster session over lunch, along with brief poster announcements.


8:30Coffee + Breakfast
9:10Peaches, Lemons and Cookies: Designing Auction Markets with Dispersed Information, Susan Athey, Harvard Economics. Joint work with Ittai Abraham, Moshe Babaioff and Michael Grubb.
9:55An Algorithmic Characterization of Multi-Dimensional Mechanisms, Costis Daskalakis, MIT CSAIL. Joint work with Yang Cai, Matthew Weinberg.
10:40Coffee Break
11:15Poster announcements
11:45Lunch and poster session (click here for a list of posters)
1:15Short talks
Chris Dellarocas
Media, Aggregators and the Link Economy
Gabriel Carroll
A Quantitative Approach to Incentives
Pablo Azar
Rational Interactive Proofs and the Complexity of Scoring Rules
Adrian Vetta
Lookahead Search in Game Playing
Ben Golub
A Network Centrality Characterization of Robust Cooperation in Public Goods Games
Catherine Tucker
Social Networks, Personalized Advertising, and Privacy Controls
Mike Ruberry
Decision Markets With Good Incentives
Saeed Alaei
Optimal Mechanism Design via Reduced Form Auctions
Sharon Goldberg
Let the Market Drive Deployment: A Strategy for Transitioning to Secure Internet Routing
Vahab Mirrokni
Polyhedral Clinching Auctions and the AdWords Polytope
Yaron Singer
How to Win Friends and Influence People, Truthfully: Influence Maximization Mechanisms for Social Networks
3:15Coffee Break
3:45Mechanisms through Monotone Branch-and-Bound, David Parkes, Harvard SEAS. Joint Work with John Lai.
4:30An Evolutionary Model of Bounded Rationality and Intelligence, Andrew Lo MIT Sloan. Joint work with Thomas J. Brennan


For short talks and posters, send an email to by Friday, October 28 2011, including a brief description of your work, along with an indication of a preference for the work to be presented as a short talk or a poster, or be considered for both. We will select a small number of short talks and put together a poster session.

Decisions about the program will be made by Monday, October 31.

The suggested format for a short talk is (a) description of the problem, (b) statement of results, and (c) discussion of open research directions. There will be no time for setting up individual laptops for the short-talk session, instead we will have all presentations preloaded on a computer in the auditorium.

CAEC Sponsors

We thank Microsoft Research New England and MIT LFE for their kind sponsorship of this event.

Steering Committee


Harvard Law School,
Ames Courtroom in Austin Hall
1515 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA.
Directions: Austin Hall is a 5 minute walk from the Harvard Square T station. Here is a map and directions by Harvard, and here is a Google Map.

Parking Information

Harvard’s interactive parking map can be found here. As you will see, the closest visitor lots are located at (in ascending order in terms of proximity to Austin Hall):
A Harvard visitor parking pass is required to park in any of the above-listed lots and can be purchased here.
A little further away, there are also public lots (with their own fee-parking) throughout Harvard Square:

Important Dates

Friday, October 28 2011
Submission deadline

Monday, October 31, 2011

Monday November 14, 2011
Registration deadline

Friday November 18, 2011

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