Prof. I. G. Sarma Memorial Lecture

Department of Computer Science and Automation
Indian Institute of Science

The Quest for Resilient Mechanism Design

Mechanism design aims at engineering games that, when played by selfish players, yield outcomes satisfying a desired property. Such engineered games, however, are typically vulnerable to computational complexity, privacy, and collusion. Developing a theory of mechanism design resilient to such "forces" will require a totally new framework: techniques, solution concepts, and benchmarks. We shall advocate this point using auctions as an example.