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Algorithmic economics postdoc position at Microsoft Research, NYC

October 25, 2015 Comments (0)

We are beginning to search for a postdoc in Algorithmic Economics at Microsoft Research, New York City with a start date in Summer/Fall 2016. Strong graduating students should apply by December 8, 2015. Faculty: please encourage your best students to apply. Please feel free to forward and distribute the announcement as you see fit. Research in the Algorithmic Economics group at MSR-NYC spans a wide variety of topics at the interface of economics and computation. Application areas include...

Keep Kirk in Lurk

October 25, 2015 Comments (0)

Keep Kirk in lurk. Control the jerk. That piece of work. The bull Berserk. He’s loud and crass. A frequent ass. Can’t not make pass, At pretty lass. The silly dope. He preaches Pope. And clings to hope. The human trope. Not Mr. Spock, He’s run a-mok, He’s awe and shock, He doesn’t grok. Single minded. Needs reminded, Not to find id Ego blinded. Few effective. Spews invective. Treats prime directive As elective. Law evaded. Ethics faded. Simply stated: Overrated! Ignore his slick, Adoring...

Unlock your Spock

February 28, 2015 Comments (0)

Unlock your Spock, The thinking jock. In reason, stock. Your head full chock. Emotion, block. Religion, knock. Illogic, mock. To scissors, rock. Don’t jump rejoice, Without his voice, To guide your choice, Of rolls or Royce. Don’t improvise. When chance arise, Try on for size, This Enterprise. This guy insider. Calm decider. Anger hider. Truth abider. The one that bends. Who letter sends. Ends pretends, And makes amends. The man who plans. Buys minivans. Stores up his cans. Controls his glands....

Microsoft Researchers co-authored 21% of papers at the ACM Conference on Economics and Computation

July 7, 2014 Comments (0)

Twenty-six researchers from Microsoft Research labs in Boston, China, India, Israel, New York City, Redmond, Silicon Valley, and the United Kingdom co-authored a remarkable seventeen of the eighty papers published in the 2014 ACM Conference on Economics and Computation (EC’14). Moshe Babaioff served as General Chair for the conference and many other Microsoft Researchers served roles including (senior) PC members, workshop organizers, and tutorial speakers. For research at the...

Bernie Pennock’s personal credo

April 22, 2014 Comments (0)

My dad died this morning, smiling up until the end. He was an amazing man and an incredible dad — a modern, sensitive, involved dad who was way ahead of his time — a model for me. I wrote more about my Dad in 2010. At the end of his (beautiful) memoir, my dad wrote his “personal credo”. It not only is eloquent and profound (and references calculus), it really does reflect the way he lived his life every single day. Here it is: Be honest (always be truthful) Be kind...

Last call: Postdoc positions at Microsoft Research NYC

January 11, 2013 Comments (0)

Microsoft Research New York City seeks outstanding applicants for 2-year postdoctoral researcher positions. We welcome applicants with a strong academic record in one of the following areas: Computational social science Online experimental social science Algorithmic economics and market design Machine learning We will also consider applicants in other focus areas of the lab, including information retrieval, and behavioral & empirical economics. Additional information about these areas is...

A toast to the number 303: A redemptive election night for science, and The Signal

November 10, 2012 Comments (0)

The night of February 15, 2012, was an uncomfortable one for me. Not a natural talker, I was out of my element at a press dinner organized by Yahoo! with journalists from the New York Times, Fast Company, MIT Tech Review, Forbes, SF Chronicle, WIRED, Reuters, and several more [1]. Even worse, the reporters kept leading with, “wow, this must a big night for you, huh? You just called the election.” We were there to promote The Signal, a partnership between Yahoo! Research and Yahoo!...

Raise your WiseQ to the 57th power

October 6, 2012 Comments (0)

One of the few aspects of my job I enjoy more than designing a new market is actually building it. Turning some wild concept that sprung from the minds of a bunch of scientists into a working artifact is a huge rush, and I can only smile as people from around the world commence tinkering with the thing, often in ways I never expected. The “build it” phase of a research project, besides being a ton of fun, inevitably sheds important light back on the original design in a virtuous cycle. In that...

Oddhead Blog hacked… for the third time

May 6, 2012 Comments (0)

My blog has been hacked yet again. For those keeping track, that’s infection number three. This latest exploit is very similar to the previous one. To humans arriving via browser (e.g., me), the site appears perfectly normal and healthy. Even upon clicking ‘view source’, nothing untoward is revealed. The <title> of my blog is, as always, Oddhead Blog. However, when Google’s or Bing’s crawlers arrive to index my corner of the web, they see a different...

Microsoft Research New York City, First Days

May 5, 2012 Comments (0)

Now that I’ve said my goodbyes, I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve joined Microsoft Research, an organization with going-on twenty-one years of commitment to basic and applied research, employing 850 Ph.D. scientists around the globe including Turing Award winners, Fields Medalists, and many long-time colleagues that I hugely respect. If that were all, I would be over-the-top happy right now. But that’s not all. Together with fourteen other founding members (seven of...