Lachlan Dufton

University of Waterloo


Lachlan Dufton

PhD Candidate

Artificial Intelligence Research Group
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3G1

ltdufton [at] uwaterloo [dot] ca
+1 519 888 4567 ext. 37891
Office: DC2580 (Davis Centre)
Supervisor: Kate Larson

Research Interests

I'm interested in problems where a group of individuals must make some collective decision. The individuals can have widely varying preferences, which they may falsely report for their own self-interest. In particular, I've recently focussed on the area of Computational Social Choice. I'm examing how randomisation can improve mechanisms for social choice problems, and alleviate computational and game theoretic issues. I'm also interested in appropriate perfomance measures and desiderata for randomised mechanisms for social choice problems.


Artificial Intelligence, Computational Social Choice, Game Theory, Multiagent Systems, Mechanism Design, Fair Division, Randomised Mechanisms, Resource Allocation, Machine Learning


Doctor of Philosophy, Computer Science, May 2008 - Present

University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada

Bachelor of Engineering (Software) with Honours Class I, Feb 2004 - Dec 2007

University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Honours and Awards

David R. Cheriton Graduate Scholarship, 2010, 2011

UW Graduate Scholarship, 2010

AAMAS'10 Student Scholarship, 2010

UW Graduate Entrance Scholarship, 2008

UQ University Medal, 2007

David Andrew Krnak Memorial Prize, 2007

Fourth Year Engineering Travel Fund, 2007

Microsoft Scholarship (Software Eng), 2007

Dean's Commendation for High Achievement, 2004-2007

CISRA Prize for Meritorious Performance in Second Year Software Eng, 2005 

UQ Student Exchange Scholarship, 2005