TCS+ talk: Wednesday, May 31 — Paul Gölz, Harvard University

by plustcs

The next TCS+ talk will take place this coming Wednesday, May 31th at 1:00 PM Eastern Time (10:00 AM Pacific Time, 19:00 Central European Time, 17:00 UTC). Paul Gölz from Harvard University will speak about “News from Algorithmic Democracy: Proportional Representation for Preferences and Demographics” (abstract below).

You can reserve a spot as an individual or a group to join us live by signing up on the online form. Registration is not required to attend the interactive talk, and the link will be posted on the website the day prior to the talk; however, by registering in the form, you will receive a reminder, along with the link. (The recorded talk will also be posted on our website afterwards) As usual, for more information about the TCS+ online seminar series and the upcoming talks, or to suggest a possible topic or speaker, please see the website.

Abstract: How do you fill a knapsack with city projects to fund, in a way that aligns with voters’ preferences? And how do you choose a committee that represents the population’s makeup in terms of gender, age, etc.? Both questions are central to experiments with new forms of democracy in practice, and both have spurred an exploration for the right algorithms in computational social choice. In this talk, I will survey advances along these thrusts: proposed algorithms, guarantees offered and sought after, as well as technical challenges and connections.