Kira Goldner

Shibulal Family Career Development Assistant Professor CDS

Before joining BU in the summer of 2021, Kira Goldner was a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University, supported by NSF Mathematical Sciences and Data Science Institute fellowships. Her research interests primarily lay in algorithmic mechanism design and approximation algorithms.

In 2016, she began to shift focus to use these mathematical concepts to address societal problems, to not only improve access to opportunities and rights but also mitigate global harms. Since co-founding the Mechanism Design for Social Good initiative, her research has also focused on furthering the mathematical foundations of “mechanism design for social good,” (for example, gains from trade and residual surplus) and domain specific questions (in healthcare, climate change, and privacy).

Goldner received her PhD in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, advised by Anna Karlin. During her PhD, she received a 2017-19 Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship and a 2016-17 Google Anita Borg Scholarship. She has received many awards for her work, including the EC 2019 Best Paper with a Student Lead Author Award and the EC 2020 Best Presentation by a Student or Postdoctoral Researcher Award.

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