Nikhil Devanur, one of the PC Chairs for WINE 2017, presents the following announcement. Please consider sending a paper to WINE this year!

Reminder: The WINE 2017 deadline is in roughly 2 weeks, on August 2. The conference will be held during December 17-20, 2017, at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.


The CFP is here. http://lcm.csa.iisc.ernet.in/wine2017/papers.html

Submission server is here: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=wine2017


Some points to raise awareness.

  1. A selection of papers accepted to the conference is invited to GEB/TEAC.
  2. WINE has had the best paper award for a couple of years now. In some years the committee has chosen not to give the award to any paper, but the option has been there.
  3. WINE is seen as being narrower than EC, and some subset of the EC community doesn’t typically submit to WINE. We would like to broaden the scope of WINE to include all those topics covered in EC. In particular, we welcome and encourage papers from the AI, OR, and Econ communities.
  4. We also welcome experimental papers, and in particular papers that have both a theoretical and an experimental part are strongly encouraged.

We are trying different things to make WINE be a top tier conference, but it all starts with you submitting good papers.


Anna Karlin, Program Chair for ITCS 2018, asked for the following announcement to be posted on this and other theory blogs. Please consider sending a paper to ITCS this year!

The ITCS 2018 Call For Papers is now available!  

ITCS is a conference that stands apart from all others. For a decade now, it has been celebrating the vibrancy and unity of our field of Theoretical Computer Science. See these blog posts (#1 and #2) for more.

ITCS seeks to promote research that carries a strong conceptual message  (e.g., introducing a new concept, model or understanding, opening a new line of inquiry within traditional or interdisciplinary areas, introducing new mathematical techniques and methodologies, or new applications of known techniques). ITCS welcomes both conceptual and technical contributions whose contents will advance and inspire the greater theory community.

This year, ITCS will be held at MIT in Cambridge, MA from January 11-14, 2018.

The submission deadline is September 8, 2017, with notification of decisions by October 30, 2017.

Authors should strive to make their papers accessible not only to experts in their subarea, but also to the theory community at large. The committee will place a premium on writing that conveys clearly and in the simplest possible way what the paper is accomplishing.

Ten-page versions of accepted papers will be published in an electronic proceedings of the conference. However, the alternative of publishing a one page abstract with a link to a full PDF will also be available (to accommodate subsequent publication in journals that would not consider results that have been published in preliminary form in a conference proceedings).

You can find all the details in the official Call For Papers.

On last year’s ITCS (by the PC Chair Christos Papadimitriou)

This past ITCS (2017) was by all accounts the most successful ever.  We had 170+ submissions and 61 papers, including 5 “invited papers”, and 90+ registrants, all new records.  There was a voluntary poster session for authors to get a chance to go through more detail, and the famous Graduating Bits event, where the younger ones get their 5 minutes to show off their accomplishment and personality.

The spirit of the conference was invigorating, heartwarming, and great fun.  I believe none of the twelve sessions had fewer than 70 attendees — no parallelism, of course — while the now famous last session was among the best attended and went one hour overtime due to the excitement of discussion (compare with the last large conference that you attended).

Continuing the tradition from last year, and the year before, there will be an article in the summer edition of the SIGecom Exchanges profiling 2018 junior job market candidates from the SIGecom community. These profiles will include the thesis title, research summary, brief biography, and citations to three representative papers. At least one of these papers should have appeared in the ACM Conference on Economics and Computation (EC) or a comparable venue. To be considered, submissions must be initiated no later than July 1 and finalized by July 4, 2017. Further instructions for submissions can be found on the submission form. The article will be coedited by Vasilis Gkatzelis and myself. Please apply or encourage your students to submit.

A conference that attempts to draw lessons from the FCC incentive spectrum auction will be held on Friday May 12th, 2017 in Washington DC.

More information here.

From the award committee:

The SIGecom Doctoral Dissertation Award recognizes an outstanding dissertation in the fields of electronic commerce and economics and computation. The award is conferred annually at the ACM Conference on Economics and Computation and includes a plaque, complimentary conference registration, and an honorarium of $1,500. A plaque may further be given to up to two runners-up. No award may be conferred if the nominations are judged not to meet the standards for the award.

To be eligible, a dissertation must be on a topic related to the fields of electronic commerce or economics and computation and must have been defended successfully during the calendar year preceding the year of the award presentation.

The next SIGecom Doctoral Dissertation Award will be given for dissertations defended in 2016. Nominations are due by April 14, 2017 (extended deadline), and must be submitted by email with the subject “SIGecom Doctoral Dissertation Award” to the awards committee at sigecom-awards-diss@acm.org. A dissertation may be nominated simultaneously for both the SIGecomDoctoral Dissertation Award and the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award.

Nominations may be made by any member of SIGecom, and will typically come from the dissertation supervisor. Self-nomination is not allowed. Nominations for the award must include the following, preferably in a single PDF file:

  1. A two-page summary of the dissertation, written by the nominee, including bibliographic data and links to publicly accessible versions of published papers based primarily on the dissertation.
  2. An English-language version of the dissertation.
  3. An endorsement letter of no more than two pages by the nominator, arguing the merit of the dissertation, potential impact, and justification of the nomination. This document should also certify the dissertation defense date.
  4. The names, email addresses, and affiliations of at least two additional endorsers.

The additional endorsement letters themselves should be emailed directly to sigecom-awards-diss@acm.org, by the same deadline. These endorsements should be no longer than 500 words, and should specify the relationship of the endorser to the nominee, contributions of the dissertation, and its potential impact on the field.

It is expected that a nominated candidate, if selected for the award, will attend the next ACM Conference on Economics and Computation to accept the award and give a presentation on the dissertation work. The cost of attending the conference is not covered by the award, but complimentary registration is provided.

Graduate students Rediet Abebe (Cornell) and Kira Goldner (UW) are organizing a workshop on Mechanism Design for Social Good (MD4SG) at EC 2017, after having run a highly successful multi-institutional reading group on the subject during the Fall 2016 semester. The call for papers follows.

The 1st Workshop on Mechanism Design for Social Good will be taking place at this year’s ACM Conference on Economics and Computation at MIT on June 26, 2017. The goal of this workshop is to understand domains where tools from mechanism design have the potential to impact social good.  During this year’s workshop we will focus on mechanisms that improve access to opportunity.  We aim to highlight domains that have been relatively unexplored by the EconCS community.  We invite paper submissions broadly related to these themes, including theoretical and applied mechanism design work as well as empirical research that suggests future directions for mechanism design in these domains.


Topics of interest for this workshop include but are not limited to:

  • allocating low-income housing

  • allocating health insurance funds, managing access to healthcare, and pricing medical treatments

  • work on health insurance markets that highlights market design issues

  • redistributive mechanisms to mitigate economic inequality

  • understanding and increasing intergenerational mobility

  • mitigating unequal economic outcomes in online labor markets

  • detecting existence or causes of exploitative market behavior in online labor markets

  • evaluating students, teachers, or schools

  • design of transportation systems to reverse trends impacting inequality


Submissions will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Relevance to this workshop and its theme.

  • Novelty of domain.

  • Potential for follow-up work in the EC community: those from other communities who feel they fit this criterion are especially encouraged to submit.


Authors may submit papers that are already under review or accepted in conferences or journals. There will be no published proceedings.


Authors will be asked to submit up to 250 words on EasyChair summarizing their results and relevance to the workshop. In addition, submissions will be accepted as a PDF and may be either working papers or papers that have been published at an established conference or journal. We do not require submissions to be in the EC format. If published, please include citation as to where it was published on the first page. The committee reserves the right not to review all the technical details of submissions.

Important Information:

  • Submission Deadline: April 27, 2017

  • Submission page: EasyChair

  • Notification: May 18, 2017

  • Workshop Date: June 26, 2017


Organizing Committee:

Program Chairs:

  • Rediet Abebe, Cornell University

  • Kira Goldner, University of Washington

The deadlines for the 18th ACM Conference on Economics and Computation (ACM EC 2017) are approaching:

  • February 6, 2017, 2:59 PM ET: Short Abstract Submission and Paper Registration Deadline.
  • February 13, 2017, 2:59 PM ET: Full electronic paper submissions due.

For submission instructions please see http://www.sigecom.org/ec17/papers.html

SPECIAL NOTE ON STOC’17 submissions: “If you have a STOC’17 submission and plan to send the paper to ACM EC’17 if rejected from STOC, please register the paper by February 6th as any other submission, and in case the paper is accepted to STOC, delete the EC’17 submission when notified by STOC.”