Biography

I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Bar-Ilan University. I am also the head of the Intelligent Information Agents (IIA) group. I joined Bar-Ilan in Oct. 2007; before this I was a Post-Doc at Harvard University for two years, following several years in the Israeli hi-tech industry. I hold a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and an M.Sc. in Information Systems (both from Tel-Aviv University) and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Bar-Ilan University.

Research Interests

      My main research interest is in the role that information plays in complex, uncertain multi-agent sequential decision settings, encompassing various types of environments, distinguished by the agent's goals (fully-cooperative or self-interested) and design (fully rational or bounded rational). In particular I am interested in designing methods for effective information sharing in order to improve multi-agent cooperation,  for selective disclosure of information in order to influence and improve agents’ decision making, information pricing and its influence on Mechanism Design and the efficient calculation of the value of information. Check out my research page to learn more.

The analysis I use typically derives from an individual agent’s behavior which translates to a collective overall outcome. I often use economic search as a modeling framework and a test-bed for my research. The numerous real life applications of economic search include searching for an agent with whom to partner (for task execution, etc.), searching for a product, searching for a technology, searching for a reference and searching for a recipe. Over the years, I have extended theories of optimal economic search to the case of multi-agent cooperative search and investigated parallel interaction aspects in distributed two-sided search. I also often use Peer Designed Agents (PDAs) as a means for investigating bounded rational and sub-optimal agents.

Publications

See my list of publications here (view all)

Students 

Dr. Simon Shamoun (PostDoc)
Eran Shaham (PhD, co-advisor: Boaz Ben Moshe)
Avshalom Elmalech (PhD)
Chen Hajaj (PhD, co-advisor: Avinatan Hassidim)
Igor Rochlin (PhD)
Shani Alkobi (PhD)
Luba Golosman (Masters)
Lea Peretz (Masters)
Moshe Mash (Masters)

See list of alumni.

Teaching

Check out my teaching page for the list of courses I will be teaching during the upcoming academic year (and a photo from the "excellence in teaching ceremony).

Game Theory Seminar

Interested in Game Theory? Join us to the Bar-Ilan game theory seminar, hosting the leading researchers in the field. This seminar is a joint initiative of the departments of Economics, Computer Science, and Electrical Engineering. Email me if you're interested in giving a talk in this forum.

Service and Program Committees

I was the general chair of BISFAI’11, co-chair of AMEC’09, MIMS’09 and the Fifth Americas School on Agents and Multiagent Systems (2006). I was a PC member in AAMAS06, AAMAS07, AAMAS08, AMMA09, AGS09, IJCAI09, PRIMA09, AAAI08, EUMAS09, RREM11, AGS11, AMEC11, AAMAS13, AGS12, AGS13, IJCAI13, AMEC13, AAMAS14, AAAI14, AAAI15. I am an SPC in AAMAS15.