The SIGecom Test of Time Award recognizes the author or authors of an influential paper or series of papers published between ten and twenty-five years ago that has significantly impacted research or applications exemplifying the interplay of economics and computation.

To be eligible, a paper or series of papers must be on a topic in the intersection of economics and computation, including topics in electronic commerce, and must have been first published, in preliminary or final form, in an archival journal or conference proceedings no less than ten years and no more than twenty-five years before the year the award is conferred. Papers for which all authors are deceased at the time the Award Committee makes its decision are not eligible for the award.

The 2019 SIGecom Test of Time Award will be given for papers published no earlier than 1994 and no later than 2009. Nominations are due by February 20th, 2019, and must be made by email to the Award Committee (sigecom-awards-tot@acm.org) with “ACM SIGecom Test of Time Award” in the subject.

Any member of SIGecom may submit a nomination. Self-nomination is not allowed. Nominations must include the following, preferably in a single PDF file:

1. Bibliographic data for the paper or series of papers demonstrating publication, in preliminary or final form, at least ten years and at most twenty-five years before the award year.

2. An endorsement letter by the nominator of no more than two pages describing the content of the paper or series of papers and the lasting contribution, significance, and impact of the work.

3. The names, email addresses, and affiliations of at least two and at most three other endorsers. Endorsers, like the nominator, may not be authors of the paper or papers under consideration.

4. A one-sentence statement that describes the contribution of the paper or series of papers.

The additional endorsers should send letters directly to the Award Committee (sigecom-awards-tot@acm.org) by the same deadline. Each letter should specify the relationship of the endorser to nominees and describe, in 500 words or fewer, the lasting contribution, significance, and impact of the paper or papers.

An unsuccessful nomination can be reconsidered for three award cycles, with the option of updating the original nomination to reflect additional impact. Subsequently, a new nomination must be provided. All matters relating to the selection process that are not specified here are left to the discretion of the Award Committee.

The award, conferred annually at the ACM Conference on Economics and Computation, includes a plaque and complimentary conference registration for each winner and an honorarium of $1,000 to be shared among the winners. The award may not be given if the nominations are judged not to meet the standards of the award.

It is expected that at least one of the nominated authors, if selected for the award, will attend the next ACM Conference on Economics and Computation on June 24-28, 2019, in Phoenix, AZ, USA, to accept the award and give a presentation on the work. The award includes complimentary registration but does not cover travel expenses to attend the conference.

The Award Committee welcomes questions from anyone considering or intending to submit a nomination. The Award Committee is happy to provide feedback on informal proposals for potential nominees, should it be needed.

On behalf of the 2019 Award Committee:

Nikhil Devanur
Robert Kleinberg
Tim Roughgarden (Chair)

EC 2019 Call for Papers

The ACM Special Interest Group on Electronic Commerce (SIGecom) solicits submissions for presentation at the 20th ACM Conference on Economics and Computation (EC’19), the premier venue for research at the interface of economics and computation.  Submissions are due on February 14, 2019.  The conference will be held from June 24 through June 28, 2019, in Phoenix, Arizona, as part of the ACM Federated Computing Research Conference (FCRC).

Full details are available at the conference website at:

EC’19 has four technical tracks, detailed below.  Each paper submission must designate one track, and will be reviewed by program committee members assigned to that track.

  • AI. Areas of interest include: social choice; fair division; prediction markets; preference elicitation; equilibrium computation and computational game theory; automated agents; theory of machine learning; behavioral game theory and bounded rationality; privacy, fairness, and ethics; data markets.

  • Applied modeling. Papers submitted to this track should emphasize mathematical modeling of real-world systems; areas of interest include: ridesharing; kidney exchanges; school choice; labor markets; spectrum auctions; crowdsourcing; online platforms; the sharing economy; online advertising; economics of the cloud; cryptocurrency; peer grading.

  • Empirics. Papers submitted to the empirics track should primarily contain results derived by empirical methods; areas of interest include: computational social science; causal inference; experiments; structural estimation; data mining; applied machine learning; empirical analysis of real-world systems (e.g., online and offline platforms and markets); empirical behavioral economics; social networks (empirical analysis).

  • Theory. Papers submitted to the theory track should provide a strong methodological contribution; areas of interest include: market design; auctions; pricing; resource allocation; matching; price of anarchy; social learning; social networks (theory); learning in games; fair division; complexity of equilibria.  Select accepted papers in this track will appear in joint sessions of EC’19 and the 51st Annual ACM Symposium on the Theory of Computing (STOC’19).


In addition, EC’19 is piloting a new program to offer authors of accepted papers the option to have their reviews and paper forwarded to a journal.  Our partner journals are:

Full details on the process for forwarding to journal are available at the conference website above.



Nicole Immorlica and Ramesh Johari

Program co-chairs, ACM EC 2019

“Highlights Beyond EC” Session at EC 2019: Call for Nominations

Committee: Mohammad Akbarpour, Moshe Babaioff, Shengwu Li, and Ariel Procaccia

Following a new tradition started last year, the 2019 ACM Conference on Economics and Computation (EC’19) will host a special session highlighting some of the best work in economics and computation that appears in conferences and journals other than EC. The intention of this session is to expose EC attendees to related work just beyond the boundary of their current awareness.

We seek nominations for papers in Economics and Computation that have made breakthrough advances, opened up new questions or areas, made unexpected connections, or had significant impact on practice or other sciences. Examples of conferences and journals that publish papers relevant for the special session include STOC/FOCS/SODA/ITCS, AAAI/IJCAI/AAMAS, NIPS/ICML/COLT, WWW/KDD, AER/Econometrica/JPE/QJE/RESTUD/TE/AEJ Micro/JET/GEB, and Math of OR/Management Science/Operations Research. Anyone is welcome to contact us, but we especially invite members of PCs or editorial boards in various venues to send us suggestions.
Nominations should be emailed to HighlightsBeyondEC@gmail.com, and should include:

  • Paper title and authors.
  • Publication venue or online working version. Preference will be given to papers that have appeared in a related conference or journal within the past two years, or have a working version circulated within the past two years.
  • Short (2-3 paragraph) explanation of the paper and its importance.
  • (Optional) Names of 1-3 knowledgeable experts on the area of the paper.

Note that at least one of the authors of a selected paper will be required to present their paper at EC 2019 and so should be available to travel to the conference, which will take place in Phoenix, AZ on June 25-27, 2019.

To ensure maximum consideration, please send all nominations by December 15, 2018.

Continuing the tradition from 20152016, and 2017, there will be an article in the upcoming edition of the SIGecom Exchanges profiling junior job market candidates (both for postdoc and faculty positions) of the SIGecom community for 2018-2019. 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 August 26 and finalized by August 30. Further instructions for submissions can be found on the submission form. The article will be co-edited by Vasilis Gkatzelis and myself.

Warm congratulations to Costis Daskalakis for winning the prestigious Nevanlinna Prize. The Nevanlinna prize is awarded once every 4 years at the International Congress of Mathematicians, for outstanding contributions in Mathematical Aspects of Information Sciences, and is one of the most prestigious international awards in mathemaics.

Costis has won the prize for “transforming our understanding of the computational complexity of fundamental problems in markets, auctions, equilibria, and other economic structures.”

See this beautiful movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwdRYO3W2kw

We have recently launched a little website allowing you to experiment with maximal lotteries, a randomized voting rule proposed by Peter Fishburn in the 80s. The idea is to return lotteries that correspond to maximin strategies of the symmetric zero-sum game given by the pairwise majority margins. Some classic impossibility theorems can be turned into complete characterizations of maximal lotteries by appropriately generalizing the underlying axioms to allow for randomization [1,2,3].

The website can also be used to compute winners of many other common rules.



Call for FOCS 2018 Workshop and Tutorial Proposals

  • Workshop and Tutorial Day: Saturday, October 6, 2018
  • Workshop and Tutorial Co-Chairs: Robert Kleinberg and James R. Lee
  • Submission deadline:  August 1st, 2018
  • Notification: August 6th, 2018

On Saturday, October 6th, immediately preceding the main conference, FOCS 2018 will hold a workshop-and-tutorials day.  We invite groups of interested researchers to submit workshop or tutorial proposals.

The goal of a workshop is to provide an informal forum for researchers to discuss important research questions, directions, and challenges. The goal of a tutorial is to educate TCS researchers about foundational material and recent developments in a research area in which they may not already be conversant. Connections between theoretical computer science and other areas, topics that are not well represented at FOCS, and open problems are also encouraged.

Format: The workshop/tutorial day will start at 9am and end at 5pm with lunch from 12-2pm.  It will take place at the Institut Henri Poincaré in the Quartier Latin (Latin Quarter) of Paris, not far from the main conference venue. Organizers are completely free to choose their workshop formats (invited speakers, panel discussions, etc.). Both full-day and half-day workshops are a possibility.

FOCS does not have funds to cover travel expenses or honoraria for invited workshop and tutorial speakers. Workshop and tutorials attendance will, however, be free and there is no separate registration for attending them.

For an idea about previous workshops and tutorials, consult the following links:

STOC 2018:        http://acm-stoc.org/stoc2018/workshops.html


FOCS 2017:        https://focs17.simons.berkeley.edu/workshopAndTutorial.html

STOC 2017:        http://acm-stoc.org/stoc2017/workshops.html

FOCS 2016:        http://dimacs.rutgers.edu/FOCS16/workshops.html

STOC 2016:        http://acm-stoc.org/stoc2016/workshop.html

Proposal submission

Workshop and tutorial proposals should fit into one page. Please include a list of names and email addresses of the organizers, a brief description of the topic and the goals of the workshop or tutorial, the proposed workshop format (invited talks, contributed talks, panel, etc.), and proposed or tentatively confirmed speakers if known.  Please also indicate the preferred length of time for your workshop or tutorial (full day or half day). Feel free to contact the Workshop and Tutorial Co-Chairs at the email address below if you have any questions.

Submission deadline

Proposals should be submitted by August 1st via email to focs2018workshops@gmail.com.  Proposers will be notified by August 6th whether their proposals have been accepted.