Hartline Gives Keynote & Haghpanah Presents Lecture for Dynamic Pricing Workshop

The workshop brought together researchers from Computer Science, Economics, and Operations Research to discuss methods from their respective fields on the common topic of dynamic pricing.

 Prof. Nima Haghpanah & Prof. Jason Hartline

Prof. Jason Hartline recently delivered a Keynote Lecture at the Dynamic Pricing Workshop, held December 11-15, 2017 in Santiago de Chile, Chile. His talk was titled, "Optimal and Approximately Optimal Pricing” and encompassed selected topics from Chapters 8 and 9 of his textbook manuscript 'Mechanism Design and Approximation'.

Also in attendance, Northwestern PhD Alumnus (currently an Assistant Professor of Economics at Penn State) Prof. Nima Haghpanah presented a lecture at the workshop featuring his recent paper, "Sequential Mechanisms with Ex-Post Participation Guarantees". He works on Microeconomics theory and its connections with Computer Science, in addition to his research interests: Mechanism and Contract design, Auction Design, and Algorithms.

The Dynamic Pricing Workshop is a venue to discuss the latest questions and methods arising in dynamic pricing decisions, both from a theoretical and applied perspective. Central to the workshop is the multidisciplinary nature of the area so that the workshop will bring together top researchers from three related scientific communities: Economists working on issues related to dynamic mechanism design; Computer scientists working on problems related to algorithmic pricing; and researchers from operations research working on revenue management. The workshop will feature three short courses of two hours each by experts in each of the three fields and a number of short talks delivered by the participants. Ample time for informal discussions will be left in order to foster cross-flied collaborations. The program will thus be very flexible and mostly arranged on demand. There will be slots to talk for all participants that want to do so.

Hartline's Talk Synopsis: The text Mechanism Design and Approximation is based on a graduate course that has been developed at Northwestern over the past five years. It presents the classical theory of economic mechanism design and introduces a new theory of approximation for mechanism design.