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WINE 2021: The 17th Conference on Web and Internet Economics 

December 14-17, 2021
Hasso Plattner Institute, Potsdam, Germany

Overview

Over the past two decades, researchers in theoretical computer science, artificial intelligence, operations research, and economics have joined forces to understand the interplay of incentives and computation. These issues are of particular importance in the Web and the Internet that enable the interaction of large and diverse populations. The Conference on Web and Internet Economics (WINE) is an interdisciplinary forum for the exchange of ideas and results on incentives and computation arising from these various fields. WINE 2021 continues the successful tradition of the Conference on Web and Internet Economics (named Workshop on Internet & Network Economics until 2013), which was held annually from 2005 to present.

The program will feature invited talks, tutorials, paper presentations, and a poster session. All paper submissions will be peer-reviewed and evaluated on the basis of the quality of their contribution, originality, soundness, and significance. Submissions are invited in, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Algorithmic Game Theory
  • Algorithmic Mechanism Design
  • Auction Algorithms and Analysis
  • Computational Advertising
  • Computational Aspects of Equilibria
  • Computational Social Choice
  • Learning in Markets and Mechanism Design
  • Learning under Strategic Behavior
  • Coalitions, Coordination, and Collective Action
  • Economic Aspects of Security and Privacy
  • Economic Aspects of Distributed Computing and Cryptocurrencies
  • Econometrics, ML, and Data Science
  • Behavioral Economics and Behavioral Modeling
  • Fairness and Trust in Games and Markets
  • Price Differentiation and Price Dynamics
  • Revenue Management
  • Social Networks and Network Games

Authors of the accepted papers will have a choice to attend the conference virtually.

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: July 12, 2021, 11:59pm Pacific Time

Author notification: September (exact date TBA)

Submission Format

Authors are invited to submit extended abstracts presenting original research on any of the research fields related to WINE 2021.

An extended abstract submitted to WINE 2021 should start with the title of the paper, each author’s name, affiliation and e-mail address, followed by a one-paragraph summary of the results to be presented. This should then be followed by a technical exposition of the main ideas and techniques used to achieve these results, including motivation and a clear comparison with related work.

The extended abstract should not exceed 18 single-spaced pages (excluding references) using reasonable margins (at least one-inch margins all around) and at least 11-point font. If the authors believe that more details are essential to substantiate the claims of the paper, they may include a clearly marked appendix (with no space limit) that will be read at the discretion of the Program Committee. It is strongly recommended that submissions adhere to the specified format and length. Submissions that are clearly too long may be rejected immediately. The above specifications are meant to provide more freedom to the authors at the time of submission. Note that accepted papers will be allocated 14 pages (including references) in the LNCS format in the proceedings (see below).

The proceedings of the conference will be published by Springer-Verlag in the ARCoSS/LNCS series, and will be available for distribution at the conference. Accepted papers will be allocated 14 pages total in the LNCS format in the proceedings. Submissions are encouraged, though not required, to follow the LNCS format (Latex, Word). More information about the LNCS format can be found on the author instructions page of Springer-Verlag

Best Paper Award

The program committee will decide upon a best paper award and a best student paper award.

Important Notice

To accommodate the publishing traditions of different fields, authors of accepted papers can ask that only a one-page abstract of the paper appear in the proceedings, along with a URL pointing to the full paper. The authors should guarantee the link to be reliable for at least two years. This option is available to accommodate subsequent publication in journals that would not consider results that have been published in preliminary form in conference proceedings. Such papers must be submitted and formatted just like papers submitted for full-text publication.

Simultaneous submission of results to another conference with published proceedings is not allowed. Results previously published or presented at another archival conference prior to WINE 2021, or published (or accepted for publication) at a journal prior to the submission deadline of WINE 2021, will not be considered. Simultaneous submission of results to a journal is allowed only if the authors intend to publish the paper as a one-page abstract in WINE 2021. Papers that are accepted and appear as a one-page abstract can be subsequently submitted for publication in a journal but may not be submitted to any other conference that has a published proceeding.

Program PC co-chairs: Michal Feldman (chair), Hu Fu and Inbal Talgam-Cohen

NetEcon’21, the 16th Workshop on the Economics of Networks, Systems and Computation, will take place on July 23, 2021. NetEcon’21 is a workshop of EC’21, the 22nd ACM Conference on Economics and Computation, which will be held on July 19-23, 2021, co-located with the 6th World Congress of the Game Theory Society. The aim of NetEcon is to foster discussions on the application of economic and game-theoretic models and principles to address challenges in the development of networks and network-based applications and services.

Details regarding submission rules and dates can be found at https://netecon21.gametheory.online/. A novelty compared with prior editions of the workshop is that papers that were already formatted for and submitted to EC’21 or SIGMETRICS’21 may retain this format (for submission) if submitted together with all the reviews (see submission guidelines for details).

Call for Participation and Poster submission:

The 32nd annual Stony Brook International Conference on Game Theory  will be held online July 5 – 8, 2021. This year the conference will emphasize recent research at the intersection of computer science and economics. We will also celebrate the recent Nobel prize to Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson, who will both deliver an extended version of their Nobel prize speech.

The conference will begin and end with a reception in honor of Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson. The schedule is available here. The main program will consist of invited papers and talks.

We invite graduate students and junior faculty to submit recent work for poster sessions which will be an integral part of the conference. The deadline for submission to the poster session is Friday, April 30th, 5pm est. The program for the poster session will be announced, Monday, May 17th.

If you would like to attend any of the sessions, please Login or Create Account and RSVP for the events you would like to attend. As the conference date approaches, you will receive an email with more details on accessing and navigating Virtual Chair, the online, interactive event space that will host the conference.

Please feel free to share this information broadly. We look forward to your participation!

Dirk Bergemann and Michal Feldman

Organizers

The EC 2021 conference invites proposals for tutorials and workshops to be held in conjunction with the ACM Conference on Economics and Computation (ACM EC). EC’21 will be held either virtually or in a hybrid format. In the latter case, tutorial/workshop organizers will have the opportunity to decide whether to hold their event in person or remotely.

Tutorials

Tutorials provide an opportunity to educate the community about emerging topics of interest, or about topics from related fields that merit additional attention from the EC community.  A tutorial is an opportunity to invite colleagues and young researchers to get excited about a well-defined topic, to prepare them to dive into the literature and to guide them to the most exciting developments and open problems. Typically, tutorials run for half a day (3-3.5 hours) and consist of a series of presentations by experts in the field.

Tutorial proposals should contain:

  • the title of the tutorial
  • the names, contact information, and short biographies of the organizers
  • a description of the tutorial theme
  • the organization/format of the tutorial
  • any related tutorials that have been run
  • required facilities for the tutorial

Tutorial proposals should be emailed to ec21-tutorial-chairs@acm.org.

Workshops

Workshops provide an opportunity to bring together researchers to discuss emerging areas of research in an informal forum. Workshop schedules should be designed to promote discussion and debate. A workshop may include invited talks, contributed talks, panel discussions, poster sessions, open problem sessions, presentations of work in progress, or any other activities that stimulate new ideas for research. It is up to the workshop organizers to determine the format and technical content of each workshop and to solicit contributions, but we encourage workshops that devote some time to contributed content.

Workshop proposals should contain:

  • the title of the workshop
  • the names, contact information, and short biographies of the organizers
  • the names of confirmed or candidate participants
  • a description of the workshop theme
  • the reviewing process for participants
  • the organization/format of the workshop
  • any previous versions of the workshop
  • required facilities for the workshop
  • the desired workshop length (half-day, full day, etc.)

For accepted workshops, the desired length will be honored as closely as possible.

We especially encourage proposals that bring together participants with diverse backgrounds and experience.

Workshop proposals should be emailed to ec21-workshop-chairs@acm.org.

Key dates:

March 1, 2021: Due date for submitting workshop or tutorial proposal

March 22, 2021: Tutorial & workshop proposal accept/reject notifications

July 19, 2021: Conference Tutorials

July 20-22, 2021: Conference technical program

July 23, 2021: Conference Workshops

Tutorial co-chairs

Shengwu Li, Harvard University

Sigal Oren, Ben-Gurion University

Workshop co-chairs

Hu Fu, University of British Columbia

Annie Liang, Northwestern University

Via Pieter Kleer:


21st Max Planck Summer School:
Advanced Course on the Foundations of Computer Science (ADFOCS 2020)

August 24 – 28, 2020

Saarbruecken, Germany

THIS IS A VIRTUAL EVENT

http://www.mpi-inf.mpg.de/conference/adfocs
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About ADFOCS
ADFOCS is an international summer school that has been held annually for the last twenty years at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics (MPII) in Saarbruecken, Germany. It is organized as part of the activities of the MPII, in particular the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS), MPII’s graduate program. The purpose of this summer school is to introduce young researchers to topics which are the focus of current research in theoretical computer science. We bring together leading researchers in the field and international participants at the graduate level and above. This year’s focus is on:

*** Market Design and Computational Fair Division ***
Program
Our invited speakers give five 60-min lectures with subsequent exercise and discussion sessions. These sessions will take place daily from 14:30 to 18:30 UTC+2 (CEST) in the week of August 24-28. On some days there will be a social event after the regular schedule. This year’s speakers are:

* Nicole Immorlica, Microsoft Research Lab, New York City, USA
* Jugal Garg and Ruta Mehta, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Registration
This year registration is free as the event takes place virtually. Nevertheless, registration is MANDATORY and can be done through the website (at the latest August 10)

Contact
The homepage of ADFOCS, including forms for registration, can be found at http://www.mpi-inf.mpg.de/conference/adfocs

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the ADFOCS team by sending an email to adfocs@mpi-inf.mpg.de

Organizers: Cosmina Croitoru, Sandor Kisfaludi-Bak and Pieter Kleer

Guest post by Tilman Borgers (JET Lead Editor), Marciano Siniscalchi (JET Editor), and Jason Hartline (JET Associate Editor):

The Journal of Economic Theory (JET) would like to encourage submissions from computer scientists. JET is a leading journal of the economic theory community, and has a broader readership among economists and covers a broader range of topics than other theory journals. JET is also the first field journal of the economic theory community, having been founded more than 50 years ago. Many publications in JET in those 50 years have changed not just the direction of economic theory, but also the direction of economics overall.

The convergence of research interests of computer scientists and economic theorists has been a remarkable development, and JET would like to do more to help facilitate the exchange of ideas across fields. Therefore, we compile here some suggestions for computer scientists who are interested in submitting their work to JET.

The basic standard for a publication in JET is that the paper should be original, make a substantial contribution, and be of interest to a broad group of readers, and this group should include economic theorists. Of course, editors make subjective, and fallible, judgments when assessing whether a paper meets these criteria. Typically, the substantive contribution is a contribution to economic theory, i.e. to our understanding of models of markets, strategic games, mechanisms, etc. Papers may be computer-science centric in its contributions, but then these contributions should be on a topic of interest to economists. For example, new algorithmic results related to game theory or mechanism design may be of interest to JET, if it is the editors’ judgment that these algorithms will be of interest to economists. On the other hand, results on more applied computational problems, such as faster algorithms for winner determination in auctions, or for clearing prediction markets, may be out of scope for JET.

In terms of style, successful JET submissions include an introduction that is accessible to a broad theory audience, and that explains the motivation for the work, overviews the main results, and explains some key intuitions. The introduction, or a separate literature review section, should precisely situate the work relative to the most closely related research. The main body of the paper should explain the model rigorously, and state the results precisely. Proofs which are not very long, and which provide insight, are typically included in the main body of the paper, whereas other proofs are moved to an appendix. It is often useful to paraphrase results in words after stating them formally, and to give explanations of intuitions as well as explanations of proof structures. We encourage authors to make their work as simple as is possible without losing the main message.

There is no length limit per se, but published papers have rarely more than 40 pages, including appendix and references, in print. We value conciseness, and focus on a main theme throughout the paper. Minor results can be left out. On the other hand, we do provide authors with the space needed to be precise and clear.

One general recommendation for computer science authors in preparing manuscripts for economics journals is to have an economist colleague look over the paper before submitting. This is a good way to identify inaccurate assumptions about readers’ knowledge, or omitted relationships to the prior literature in economics. Such advice can also help better motivate the results of the paper from an economic perspective.

To be publishable, if an earlier version of a paper was published as an extended abstract in conference proceedings, then the journal version must make additional contributions beyond the conference version. This additional contribution may include important conceptual aspects of economic interest that were omitted from the original extended abstract, proofs that were omitted from the extended abstract, and additional results that did not appear in the extended abstract. Authors should explain the differences between the conference version and the journal version in a cover letter. Papers that have previously appeared as one or two page abstracts in a conference volume do not need to distinguish themselves. Mentioning these appearances in a cover letter would useful, however.

Virtual EC 2020

EC 2020 will be held virtually with events from June 15 to July 22 (details of virtual format).  Participation by members of related fields is strongly encouraged.  

Since 1999 the ACM Special Interest Group on Economics and Computation (SIGecom) has sponsored the leading scientific conference on advances in theory, empirics, and applications at the interface of economics and computation. The 21st ACM Conference on Economics and Computation (Virtual EC 2020) will feature invited speakers, a highlight of papers from other conferences and journals, a technical program of submitted paper presentations and posters, workshops, and tutorials.  

Registration is mandatory (register here) but complimentary with SIGecom membership of $10 ($5 for students).  Details on joining EC events will be emailed to registered participants.

An overview of the schedule:

June 15 – 19: Mentoring Workshop and Live Tutorial Pre-recording Sessions.
June 22 – July 3: Live EC Paper Pre-recording Plenary Sessions.
July 13: Tutorial Watch Parties, Business Meeting, and Poster Session
July 14 – 16: EC Conference (Paper Watch Parties, Paper Poster Sessions, and Plenaries).
July 17 – 22: Workshops.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

Design of economic mechanisms: algorithmic mechanism design; market design; matching; auctions; revenue maximization; pricing; fair division; computational social choice; privacy and ethics.

Game theory: equilibrium computation; price of anarchy; learning in games.

Information elicitation and generation: prediction markets; recommender, reputation and trust systems; social learning; data markets.

Behavioral models: behavioral game theory and bounded rationality; decision theory; computational social science; agent-based modeling.

Online systems: online advertising; electronic commerce; economics of cloud computing; social networks; crowdsourcing; ridesharing and transportation; labor markets; cryptocurrencies; industrial organization.

Methodological developments: machine learning; econometrics; data mining.

From the Virtual Transition Team for EC 2020: Due to concerns regarding the novel coronavirus COVID-19, the 2020 ACM Conference on Economics and Computation (EC 2020) will be held virtually.  This change of format offers exciting new opportunities. This guide can also be found on the EC 2020 webpage.

Overview

June 15 – 19: Mentoring Workshop and Live Tutorial Pre-recording Sessions.
June 22 – July 3: Live EC Paper Pre-recording Plenary Sessions.
July 13: Tutorial Watch Parties, Business Meeting and Poster Session
July 14 – 16: EC Conference (Paper Watch Parties, Paper Poster Sessions, and Plenaries).
July 17 – 22: Workshops.

Philosophy

The planning committee has been hard at work revisioning EC 2020 as a virtual event.  The event aims to emphasize opportunities afforded by the virtual format with activities that are intractable in the physical format, but not to recreate aspects of the physical conference experience that are difficult virtually.  Some aspects of the event will look similar to a physical conference, while some will be quite different.  The desiderata for the selected format are:

  • Maximize exposure for EC papers.
  • Maximize interaction between community members.
  • Allow broad global accessibility.

The organizational team studied the results of many virtual conferences that have already taken place (AAMAS, ASPLOS, EuroSys, ICCP, ICLR, WAGON, among others, as well as the ACM guidelines).  Some general rules of thumb are (a) prerecording talks, (b) emphasizing posters, (c) expecting about four hours a day of participation, (d) prime time is 11am-3pm ET.  

The planning committee adopted a strategy that allows the minimal commitment level for authors and attendees of presenting and viewing 18 minute talks and attending activities only during the main EC week of July 13-17.  However, official EC events will run June 15 to July 24 and the planning committee highly encourages members of the community to enjoy a more relaxed pace where all programming is plenary.

Registration

Registration will be mandatory but complementary with ACM SIGecom membership ($10 Professional / $5 Student) which can easily be completed online.  Registration will open on June 1.

Mentoring Workshop and Live Tutorial Pre-recording Sessions

June 15-19: To give junior researchers plenty of time to prepare for the EC conference, the mentoring workshops and tutorial live pre-recording sessions will be held the week of June 15.  In addition to the usual activities, junior students will be paired with senior students who will share their EC itinerary and be available for discussions of papers and events in online chat throughout the duration of the EC events.  There will be three tutorials, each broken into four 45 minute segments and recorded over several days and with live audiences of EC participants.  Students will be able to work together on exercises in between sessions.

Live Paper Pre-recording Plenary Sessions

June 22 – July 3:  EC papers will keep the usual 18-minute format.  The planning committee highly encourages authors to choose to pre-record their EC talks in live pre-recording sessions.  Each session comprises three papers and is followed by a virtual coffee break for discussion between the speakers, coauthors, and attendees.  Speakers and attendees are recommended to schedule for 2 hours.  These sessions are all plenary and will be scheduled for synergies in topic and preferred timing of the speakers.  These sessions begin at regular times:

  • US Eastern/China 9:00, 13:00, 17:00, 21:00, 1:00, 5:00.
  • US Central/Israel  8:00, 12:00, 16:00, 20:00, 24:00, 4:00.
  • US Mountain/Europe 7:00, 11:00, 15:00, 19:00, 23:00, 3:00.
  • US Pacific/London  6:00, 10:00, 14:00, 18:00, 22:00, 2:00.

We expect about three sessions a day over the ten weekdays between June 22 and July 3.  (Pre-recording sessions are optional but highly encouraged for authors of EC papers.)

EC Conference

July 13-16: July 13 is tutorial day.  It will include the EC business meeting and a contributed poster session for breaking results and results from other venues.  The main conference runs July 14-July 16 with programming from 9am-5pm Eastern.  This programming includes pre-recorded talk watch parties, poster discussion sessions for the papers, live plenary talks, and live highlights beyond EC.  The paper and poster discussion sessions will run in two-hour blocks as follows:

Hour 1: 3-5 parallel tracks of watch parties (3 papers each), with realtime chat with the authors.

Hour 2: plenary 1-minute lightning talks for all papers, breakout room for discussion for each paper with poster (a poster is 1-4 slides in PDF). (The lightning talks and poster discussion rooms are optional but highly encouraged for authors of the session’s papers.)

As these watch parties will be in parallel sessions and some may be at times that are hard for some members of the community to attend, the planning committee highly encourages participation in the live pre-recording sessions (June 22-July 3) and all talks will be available for individual viewing in advance of the conference. 

EC Workshops

July 17-22: Three workshops will take place on the Friday of EC and the following week.  Details for these events are still being worked out by the organizers.

Best Presentation by Student or Postdoctoral Research Award.

The Best Presentation by a Student or Postdoctoral Researcher Award is designed to encourage and acknowledge excellence in oral presentations by students and recent graduates. In addition to an honorarium, this year’s winner will be invited to present in a special session at WINE 2020 with expenses covered by SIGecom. To be considered for the award, the presenter must participate in a live pre-recording session.  This year will feature several “fun” categories for video presentations. Audience nominations are requested for creative and fun videos in the categories of: Best Video, Best Cameo by a Child or Pet, Best Special Effects, Best Soundtrack, or Best [Insert Your Nomination Here]. Submit nominations here.

Virtual Transition Team

Virtual aspects of the conference are being coordinated by a Virtual Transition Team appointed by the SIGecom Executive Committee, that in addition to the Executive Committee and the EC 2020 organizing committee includes the following officers:

  • Virtual General Chair: Jason Hartline
  • Virtual Local Chair: Yannai Gonczarowski
  • Virtual Global Outreach Chairs: Rediet Abebe and Eric Sodomka

The team is looking forward to interacting with everyone in the community at an outstanding conference!

The First Symposium on Foundations of Responsible Computing (FORC 2020) is a forum for mathematical research in computation and society.  The Symposium aims to catalyze the formation of a community supportive of the application of theoretical computer science, statistics, economics and other relevant analytical fields to problems of pressing and anticipated societal concern.

Lead by program chairs Cynthia Dwork, Omer Reingold, and Aaron Roth; the virtual symposium is on June 1st and 2nd, 2020.  The program consists of keynote talks by Adrian Weller, Rakesh Vohra, Patricia Williams, and Jon Kleinberg; and 21 contributed papers.  The conference is free but registration is required.  The full program is available on the conference webpage.

 

 

Dear all,

We are happy to announce that the Journal of Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems will host a special issue on Fair Division. We welcome full versions of papers on fair division that have appeared in recent editions of AAMAS, IJCAI, AAAI, ECAI, ACM EC, WINE, SAGT, and other relevant conferences, as well as papers that have not been published in conference proceedings.

Call for Papers

Please note that there will be a rolling review process: submissions accepted before the completion of the issue will be available on the journal website shortly after acceptance. Deadline: March 1, 2021.

Guest Editors
Edith Elkind
Nicolas Maudet
Warut Suksompong