Some work of a recently graduated PhD student of mine, Amitabh Trehan, was mentioned in Muthu’s blog yesterday. The work is mentioned in a bullet about problems discussed at a Google research meeting at FCRC and is quoted below (btw was this meeting broadly advertised? I would have gone if I’d known about it):
- Big problems, eg., can we provide guidance on how science budget should be allocated among various disciplines, or NSF CS budget among different areas? Given a subset of researchers, say we can estimate their impact on the society when funded. Given this oracle, can we allocate funds to people to maximize social welfare? Can we model people switching teams in second round or open bid systems for reallocating funds? Q: Why doesn’t NSF give $’s to 2 teams for the same project and get them to compete? For some recent work, see the work of Shay Kutten, Ron Lavi and Amitabh Trehan.
It’s a proud and exciting moment to see a former student embark in a research area you know nothing about. But it’s also a bit disconcerting, like when my 3 year old son beats me at Concentration.
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