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Kate LarsonResearch Interests

Professor Larson's research interests fall in the area of artificial intelligence with an emphasis on self-interested multiagent systems and how agents interact. The overarching theme of her research is strategic reasoning in computational settings. She is interested in understanding how ideas from game theory, mechanism design and microeconomics can be used to model and design systems for intelligent agents, as well as in studying the effect that computational limitations have on strategic behaviour, with the aim of reconciling some of the conflicts that arise between computational and game-theoretic constraints. 

For example, she has developed models for settings where agents’ interactions are constrained by an underlying network, has designed robust mechanisms and algorithms for multiagent settings where agents deviate from classic rationality assumptions, and has investigated multiagent models where computational and information gathering abilities are limited. 

Applications of Professor Larson's work are wide-ranging. She has studied resource sharing and allocation for wildfire control,  proposed market mechanisms for crowdsourcing applications, looked at electronic auction and market design, the design and implementation of software agents for negotiation settings, and the use of economic methodologies in computational systems such as cloud computing.

Degrees and Awards

BS (Memorial), MS (Washington University), PhD (Carnegie Mellon University)

Early Researcher Award, Government of Ontario (2006-2011)

Cheriton Fellow (2012-2015)

Industrial and Sabbatical Experience

Professor Larson spent her sabbatical in 2012 at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).

Representative Publications

Haifeng Xu and Kate Larson, Improving the Efficiency of Crowdsourcing Contests, Thirteenth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2014), 2014.

Alan Tsang, Kate Larson and Rob McAlpine, Resource Sharing for Control of Wildland Fire, Twenty-Seventh AAAI Conference on AI (AAAI 2013), 2013.

Simina Branzei, Tomasz Michalak, Talal Rahwan, Kate Larson and Nick Jennings, Matchings with Externalities and Attitudes, Twelfth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2012), 2013.

Arthur Carvalho and Kate Larson, Sharing Rewards Among Strangers Based on Peer Evaluations, Decision Analysis, 9(3), pp. 253-273, 2012.

Sebastian Stein, Enrico Gerding, Alex Rogers, Kate Larson, and Nick Jennings, Algorithms and Mechanisms for Procuring Services with Uncertain Durations using Redundancy, Artificial Intelligence, 175(14-15), pp. 2021-2060, 2011.

Simina Branzei and Kate Larson, Social Distance Games, Twenty-Second International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2011), 2011.

Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo
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