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 and Working Papers

Simina Brânzei and Peter Bro Miltersen. A Dictatorship Theorem for Cake Cutting. Available upon request.

Simina Brânzei, Ioannis Caragiannis, David Kurokawa, and Ariel D. Procaccia. Equilibria of Generalized Cut and Choose Protocols (arXiv:1307.2225).

Simina Brânzei and Ariel D. Procaccia. Verifiably Truthful Protocols. Available upon request.

Publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Simina Brânzei and Kate Larson. Social Distance Games. 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).

Simina Brânzei and Kate Larson. Coalitional Affinity Games and the Stability Gap. In Proceedings of the Twenty-First International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2009).

Simina Brânzei and Kate Larson. Coalitional Affinity Games (Extended Abstract). In Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2009).

Technical Reports

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

Simina Brânzei, Tariq Elahi, and Ian Goldberg. Local Anonymity: A Metric for Improving User Privacy in Tor. 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 (e.g., Voronet Monastery). 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