This course covers the interplay between economic thinking and computational thinking as it relates to electronic commerce, social networks, collective intelligence, and networked systems. Topics covered include game theory, peer production, reputation and recommender systems, prediction markets, crowd sourcing, network influence and dynamics, auctions and mechanisms, privacy and security, matching and allocation problems, computational social choice, and behavioral game theory. Emphasis is on core methodologies, with students engaged in theoretical, computational, and empirical exercises. The recorded lectures are from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences course Computer Science 136.
Prerequisite(s): CSCI E-22, CSCI E-50, and STAT E-104, or the equivalents, with grades of B+ or higher. ECON E-1010 recommended but not required.

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David C. Parkes

David C. Parkes

Harvard College Professor and George F. Colony Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University.
David C. Parkes is a Harvard College Professor and the Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science at Harvard University where he teaches classes in artificial intelligence, optimization, and multi-agent systems. He received his PhD degree in computer and information science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001, and a master's in engineering and computing science from Oxford University in 1995. He was awarded the NSF Career Award in 2002, the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in 2005, and the Roslyn Abramson Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008. Parkes is an editor of Games and Economic Behavior, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems, and the INFORMS Journal of Computing. Parkes was the co-program chair of the ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce in 2007 and the International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems in 2008. Parkes chairs the steering committee of the workshop on the economics of networks, systems and computation and will serve as the general chair of the ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce in 2010.
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