Auctions, Traffic, Selfishness, and Data Privacy
Problems where a conflict or tension exists between individual incentives and more global objective are one of the foci of Professor Katrina Ligett's research. "I'm interested in new algorithms, in understanding how difficult it is to solve problems," Ligett, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Economics, says. "There aren't that many places where computer scientists and economists actually talk to each other. At Caltech, people are really interested in and committed to investigating at this intersection, and that's very appealing." [Caltech Feature]
Rapporteur for Quantum Computation
Professor John Preskill has also been selected as the Rapporteur for quantum computation at the 25th Solvay Conference on Physics. This conference, "The Theory of the Quantum World" chaired by David Gross, will recognize the 100th anniversary of the inaugural Solvay conference held in 1911. Preskill will be joined by fellow Rapporteurs Anthony Leggett (quantum foundations), Ignacio Cirac and Steven Girvin (control of quantum systems), Subir Sachdev (quantum condensed matter), Frank Wilzcek (particles and fields), Edward Witten (string theory), and Alan Guth (cosmology).