AISB miscellaneous Bulletin Item
Winner of IFAAMAS-08 Victor Lesser Distinguished Dissertation Award announced
Ariel Procaccia receives the 2008 Victor Lesser Distinguished Dissertation Award sponsored by IFAAMAS, the International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (http://www.ifaamas.org). The selection committee for the IFAAMAS-08 Victor Lesser Distinguished Dissertation Award is pleased to announce that Dr. Ariel Procaccia has won the award. Dr. Procaccia received the Ph.D. in Computer Science from Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His thesis contains fundamental contributions to computational social choice theory, covering a wide variety of topics including the complexity of election manipulation, the robustness of voting rules, the learnability of voting rules, and incentive-compatible machine learning. Among other contributions, it introduces a new way of analyzing the manipulability of social choice functions, which has become influential in AAMAS and related research communities. The committee is also pleased to announce two runners-up: Dr. Matthew Taylor, who received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin, and Dr. Yevgeniy Vorobeychik, who received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan. Dr. Taylor's thesis concerns transfer learning and Dr. Vorobeychik's thesis studies empirical mechanism design. Both dissertations also make innovative and influential contributions to the field of autonomous agents and multiagent systems. Previous winners of this award were Radu Jurca (2007) and Vincent Conitzer (2006). The selection committee members were Vincent Conitzer, Les Gasser, Radu Jurca, Sarit Kraus, Sandip Sen, and Makoto Yokoo (chair).