Assistant Professor – Faculty of Computing & Data Sciences

Kira Goldner will be joining us in Summer 2021 as an Assistant Professor in BU’s Faculty of Computing & Data Sciences. Before joining BU, Kira was postdoctoral researcher in the Computer Science Department and at the Data Science Institute at Columbia University, hosted by Tim Roughgarden, and supported by NSF Math Sciences and Data Science Institute fellowships. Kira uses her background in the foundations of mechanism design to address societal problems, e.g., in healthcare, climate change, and privacy. She has also worked on core problems concerning revenue maximization, simplicity, and robustness. As part of this agenda, Kira co-founded Mechanism Design for Social Good (MD4SG), an interdisciplinary initiative working to improve access to opportunity for historically disadvantaged communities. She received her PhD in computer science and engineering from the University of Washington under the advisement of Anna Karlin, and was supported by a Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship and a 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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