The Open University of Israel

Dr. Rica Gonen

Department of Management and Economics


 

Personal

Office: 972-9-778-0668

E-mail: gonenr@openu.ac.il

Address:
Department of Management and Economics
The Open University of Israel
The Dorothy de Rothschild Campus
1 University Road, Raanana 43107
Israel

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Education

2005-2006
Postdoctoral Researcher, Supply Chain Optimization Group, Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent Technologies.
Research Focus: Combinatorial Auctions, Information Markets.
2001-2005 Ph.D., Computer Science, The Hebrew University
Thesis: “Non-VCG Schemes and Coalition Resistant Mechanisms”
Research Areas: Auction Theory, Market Design, Computational Game Theory, Online Algorithms, Distributed computing.
1999-2001 M.Sc., Computer Science, The Hebrew University
Thesis: “Optimal Solutions for Multi-Unit Combinatorial Auctions: Branch and Bound Heuristics”
Research Areas: Computational Game Theory, Optimization, Auction Theory.
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Fields of Research

My research focus is mechanism design or essentially any topic that captures the border between computer science theory, game theory and microeconomic theory. Among the topics I work on are:

  • Combinatorial Auctions & Markets
  • Sponsored Search Mechanisms
  • Incentive Mechanisms and Social Networks
  • Coalitions
  • Information Markets
  • Rational Cryptography
  • Rational Distributed Computation
  • Online Algorithms and Computation
  • Approximation Algorithms
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Academic Positions

2009- Assistant Professor, The Open University of Israel, Department of Management and Economics
2006-2009 Research Scientist, Yahoo! Research Labs, Yahoo! Inc., Microeconomics Group and Sponsored Search Sciences Group
2005-2006 Postdoctoral Researcher, Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent, Supply Chain Optimization Group
2001-2005 Research Assistant, The Hebrew University, School of Computer Science and Engineering
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Teaching Experience

Teaching Responsibility for Open University Courses

2010- Academic Responsibility for the Following Courses:

Mathematics for Masters in Business Administration, MBA Program (91415),
Department of Management and Economics, The Open University

Linear Algebra for Masters in Business Administration, MBA Program (91416),
Department of Management and Economics, The Open University

Basic Concepts in Econometrics for Undergraduates in Economics, (10284)
Department of Management and Economics, The Open University

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Other Teaching Experience

2001-2003 Teaching Assistant School of computer science and Engineering, Hebrew University
1996-1997 Teaching Assistant School of computer science, Tel Aviv College
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List of Publications

Working and Submitted Papers

  • with N. Geri
    Pricing Mechanisms of Free Digital Goods. Submitted. 2010
  • with I. Lipschits, M. Schwarz
    Algorithms of Appraisal Aggregation. Working paper. 2010
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Papers in Refereed Journals and Conferences

  • with N. Geri
    Managing Heterogeneity in Search-Advertisers' Objectives The 5th Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems (MCIS), 2010.
  • with Y. Chen, S. Dimitrov and R. Sami, D. Reeves, D. Pennock, R. Hanson, L. Fortnow,
    Gaming Prediction Markets: Equilibrium Strategies with a Market Maker, Invited to the Special Issue of WINE’07 in Algorithmica Journal. Algorithmica Journal ISSN 0178-4617 2009.
  • with E. Pavlov
    Characterizing Optimal Syndicated Sponsored Search Market Design, The 5th Workshop on Ad Auctions, in Conjunction with the 10th ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce (ACM-EC), California July 2009.
  • with S. Vassilvitskii
    Sponsored Search Auctions With Reserve Prices: Going Beyond Separability, Proceedings of the 4rd International Workshop On Internet And Network Economics (WINE), December 2008, Shanghai. Also accepted to the following workshop: The 4th Workshop on Ad Auctions, in Conjunction with the 9th ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce (ACM-EC), Chicago July 2008.
  • On the Hardness of Truthful Online Auctions with Multidimensional Constraints, Proceedings of the 4th Computability in Europe 2008; Logic and Theory of Algorithms(CiE), June 2008, Athens.
  • with Mira Gonen and Elan Pavlov
    Characterizing Truthful Market Design, The Third International Workshop On Internet And Network Economics (WINE 2007).
    Also accepted for presentation at the Third World Congress of the Game Theory Society (GAMES 2008).
  • with Elan Pavlov
    An Adaptive Sponsored Search Mechanism delta-Gain Truthful in Valuation, Time, and Budget, The Third International Workshop On Internet And Network Economics (WINE 2007).
  • with Yiling Chen , Daniel M. Reeves, David M. Pennock, Robin D. Hanson and L. Fortnow
    Bluffing and Strategic Reticence in Prediction Markets, Proceedings of the 3rd International Workshop on Internet and Network Economics (WINE 2007),
    Information Market Workshop at the Eighth ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce (EC'07)
  • with Mira Gonen and Elan Pavlov
    The Proceedings of the Eight ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce (EC'07). The DIMACS workshop on the Boundary between Economic Theory and Computer Science
  • with Mira Gonen and Elan Pavlov
    Generalized Trade Reduction Mechanisms, The Proceedings of the Eighth ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce (EC'07). The DIMACS workshop on the Boundary between Economic Theory and Computer Science.
  • with Elan Pavlov
    An Incentive-Compatible Multi-Armed Bandit Mechanism, The Third Workshop on Sponsored Search Auctions, in Conjunction with the 16th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW2007). The 26th ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing BA (PODC 2007).
  • with Ittai Abraham, Danny Dolev, and Joe Halpern
    Distributed Computing Meets Game Theory: Robust Mechanisms for Rational Secret Sharing and Multiparty Computation, The 25th ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing (PODC 2006). Workshop on Alternative Solution Concepts in Mechanism Design at the Seventh ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce (EC'06).
  • Negotiation-Range Mechanisms: Coalition-Resistant Markets, The DIMACS Workshop on Computational Issues in Auction Design, October 2004.
  • with Yair Bartal and Pierfrancesco La Mura
    Negotiation-Range Mechanisms: Exploring the Limits of Truthful Efficient Markets, The Proceedings of the Fifth ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce (EC'04).
  • with Yair Bartal and Noam Nisan
    Incentive Compatible Multi-Unit Combinatorial Auctions, Dagstuhl Workshop: Electronic Mechanism Design, June 2002. The Proceedings of Ninth Conference of Theoretical Aspects of Rationality and Knowledge (TARK'03), pp. 72-87, June 2003.
  • with Daniel Lehmann
    Linear Programming Helps Solve Large Multi-Unit Combinatorial Auctions, Electronic Market Design Workshop, 2001.
    The Proceedings of INFORMS 2001
    , November 2001.
  • with Daniel Lehmann
    Optimal Solutions for Multi-Unit Combinatorial Auctions: Branch and Bound Heuristics, The Proceedings of the Second ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce (EC'00), pp. 13-20, October 2000.
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U.S. Patent Applications

  • Method, System, or Apparatus for Implementing a Budget Balanced/Surplus Syndicated Sponsored Search Market, U.S. Patent Application, 2009
  • Method, System, or Apparatus for a Truthful pricing Scheme for a Seller, U.S. Patent Application, 2009
  • Extended Generalized Second Price Auction for Sponsored Search with Reserve Prices, U.S. Patent Application, 2008
  • Truthful Pricing Scheme for Sponsored Search with Reserve Prices, U.S. Patent Application, 2008
  • Pricing Mechanisms; System for Displaying Advertisements Associated with Search Results, U.S. Patent Application, 2008
  • System and Method For Optimizing the Reserve Price and Allocation of Web Page Placements in an Online Keyword Auction Using Generalized Trade Reduction, U.S. Patent Application, 2007
  • Incentive-Compatible Multi-Armed Bandit Auction, U.S. Patent Application, 2007
  • A System Using Play Money to Reward Constructive Family Behavior, U.S. Patent Application, 2007
  • System and Method of Making Trading Markets Using Generalized Trade Reduction, U.S. Patent Application, 2007
  • System and Method Using Sampling for Scheduling Advertisements in an Online Auction with Budget and Time Constraints, U.S. Patent Application, 2007
  • System and Method for Payment over a Series of Time Periods in an Online Market with Budget and Time Constraints, U.S. Patent Application, 2007
  • System and Method Using Sampling for Allocating Web Page Placements in Online Publishing of Content, U.S. Patent Application, 2007
  • System and Method Using Sampling for Scheduling Advertisements in Slots of Different Quality in an Online Auction with Budget and Time Constraints, U.S. Patent Application, 2007
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Professional Activities

Co-Chaired and Organized

  • The 5th Workshop on Ad Auctions in conjunction with EC’09.
  • The 4th Workshop on Ad Auctions in conjunction with EC’08.
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Program Committee Member

  • The 3rd International Symposium on Algorithmic Game Theory, (SAGT 2010).
  • The 11th ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce, (ACM-EC’10).
  • The 10th ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce, (ACM-EC’09).
  • The 12th Theoretical Aspects of Rationality and Knowledge (TARK’09).
  • The 2nd workshop on Optimization in Multi-Agent Systems (OPTMAS) in conjunction with the 8th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi Agent Systems (AAMAS 2009).
  • The special track on Game Theoretic Aspects of E-commerce of the 35th international Conference on Current Trends in Theory and Practice of Computer Science (SOFSEM’09).
  • The 4th international Workshop on Internet and Network Economics (WINE 2008).
  • The 9th ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce, (ACM-EC’08).
  • The 17th international World Wide Web conference (WWW 2008).
  • The 3rd international Workshop on Internet and Network Economics (WINE 2007).
  • The 3rd Workshop on Sponsored Search Auctions in conjunction with the 16th international World Wide Web conference (WWW 2007).
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Reviewer

Journals

  • Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence (AMAI)
  • Combinatorica
  • Operations Research Letters
  • IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC)
  • Journal of Computer and System Sciences (JCSS)
  • Journal of the ACM, the ACM Transactions on the Web (TWEB)
  • Internet Mathematics

Conferences

  • ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms (SODA)
  • ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce (ACM-EC)
  • ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing (PODC)
  • International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI)
  • National Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)
  • European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA)
  • Theoretical Aspects of Rationality and Knowledge(TARK)

Grants

  • The Israel Science Foundation (ISF).
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