Prof. I. G. Sarma Memorial Lecture

Department of Computer Science and Automation
Indian Institute of Science

The Quest for Resilient Mechanism Design


Prof. Silvio Micali

Turing Laureate and Ford Professor of Engineering,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jointly Organized by:
The Department of Computer Science and Automation
and The Infosys Science Foundation

Venue: Faculty Hall, Indian Institute of Science
Date: Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Time: 4 - 5 PM



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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.


Professor Silvio Micali received his Laurea in Mathematics from the University of Rome, and his PhD in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley. Since 1983, he has been on the MIT faculty, in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, where he is Ford Professor of Engineering. Silvio's research interests are cryptography, zero knowledge, pseudo-random generation, secure protocols, and mechanism design. Silvio has received the Turing Award (in computer science), the Gödel Prize (in theoretical computer science), and the RSA prize (in cryptography). He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


This prestigious lecture series was instituted in 1997 in memory of Professor I.G. Sarma, the founding Chairman of the Department of Computer Science and Automation (then called the School of Automation) during the formative years of 1971-1979. His tenure as the chairman, Centre for Continuing Education and later as the Dean, Faculty of Engineering was marked by many important academic and education initiatives being launched at the Indian Institute of Science. Professor Sarma mainly worked in the areas of Flight Control, Guidance, and Simulation and closely interacted with many of the Aerospace R&D and Flight Vehicle Design Organisations such as the NAL, DRDL, VSSC, and ADA among others.

The talk by Professor Silvio Micali will be the tenth in the series of lectures.


The lecture is jointly organized by the Department of Computer Science and Automation, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and the Infosys Science Foundation, Bangalore. For queries, contact


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