Simina Brânzei


I am a third year Ph.D. student at the Center on the Theory of Interactive Computation at Aarhus University. My advisor is Peter Bro Miltersen.

I have a Master's and Bachelor's degree from the University of Waterloo, where I worked with Kate Larson. I received the Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Studies Award for my Master's degree, with the thesis Two Coalitional Models for Network Formation and Matching Games.

My research is supported in part by an IBM Ph.D. Fellowship (2013-2014) and a Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship (2012).

From August to October 2013 I visited the Institute for Interdisciplinary Information Sciences at Tsinghua University. From September 2012 to June 2013 I visited Ariel D. Procaccia at Carnegie Mellon University.

Some Preprints

A Dictatorship Theorem for Cake Cutting, Simina Brânzei and Peter Bro Miltersen.

Verifiably Truthful Mechanisms, Simina Brânzei and Ariel D. Procaccia.

An Algorithmic Framework for Strategic Fair Division, Simina Brânzei, Ioannis Caragiannis, David Kurokawa, and Ariel D. Procaccia.

Publications

A Note on Envy-Free Cake Cutting with Polynomial Valuations, Simina Brânzei. In Information Processing Letters, 2014.

Implementation and Computation of a Value for Generalized Characteristic Function Games, Tomasz Michalak, Piotr Szczepanski, Talal Rahwan, Agatha Chrobak, Simina Brânzei, Michael Wooldridge, Nicholas Jennings. In ACM Transactions on Economics and Computation, 2014 (to appear).

The Fisher Market Game: Equilibrium and Welfare, Simina Brânzei, Yiling Chen, Xiaotie Deng, Aris Filos-Ratsikas, Soren Frederiksen, and Jie Zhang. In Proceedings of the Twenty-Eighth Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 2014).

Simultaneous Cake Cutting, Eric Balkanski, Simina Brânzei, David Kurokawa, and Ariel D. Procaccia. In Proceedings of the Twenty-Eighth Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 2014).

The Authorship Dilemma: Alphabetical or Contribution?, Margareta Ackerman and Simina Brânzei. In Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2014) (extended abstract).

Externalities in Cake Cutting, Simina Brânzei, Ariel D. Procaccia, and Jie Zhang. In Proceedings of the Twenty-Third International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2013) [presentation + poster].

How Bad is Selfish Voting?, Simina Brânzei, Ioannis Caragiannis, Jamie Morgenstern, and Ariel D. Procaccia. In Proceedings of the Twenty-Seventh Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 2013).

Equilibrium Analysis in Cake Cutting, Simina Brânzei and Peter Bro Miltersen. In Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2013) [presentation + poster]

Matchings with Externalities and Attitudes, Simina Brânzei, Tomasz Michalak, Talal Rahwan, Kate Larson, and Nicholas R. Jennings. In Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2013) [presentation + poster]

Weighted Clustering, Margareta Ackerman, Shai Ben-David, Simina Brânzei, and David Loker. In Proceedings of the Twenty-Sixth Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 2012).

Social Distance Games, Simina Brânzei and Kate Larson. In Proceedings of the Twenty-Second International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2011). An extended abstract also appeared in the Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2011).

Coalitional Affinity Games and the Stability Gap, Simina Brânzei and Kate Larson. In Proceedings of the Twenty-First International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2009). An extended abstract also appeared in the Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2009).

Technical Reports

Equilibria of Chinese Auctions (arXiv:1208.0296), Simina Brânzei, Clara Forero, Kate Larson, and Peter Bro Miltersen.

Local Anonymity: A Metric for Improving User Privacy in Tor, Simina Brânzei, Tariq Elahi, and Ian Goldberg. CACR Tech Report 2011-17, University of Waterloo, July 2011.

Misc

I grew up in Bacau, Romania and finished high school at Colegiul National Ferdinand I. I used to write math olympiads while there.

If you ever visit Romania, I highly recommend the region of Maramures, the cities of Brasov, Iasi, and Sibiu (which was designated a European Capital of Culture for the year 2007), and the painted monasteries of Bucovina, which are part of the UNESCO World Heritage. And of the course the beautiful Carpathian Mountains, and the Black Sea...

I'm also a big fan of Romanian classical music (see The Lark and The Romanian Rhapsody by Enescu) and folk music (You can find some of Maria Tanase's songs here).

Contact

E-mail:simina@cs.au.dk
Mail:Computer Science Department
Aarhus University
IT-parken, Aabogade 34
DK 8200 Aarhus N
Denmark