Hongyao Ma

I am a postdoctoral researcher at Uber. In July 2020, I will be joining the Decision Risk and Operations division at Columbia Business School as an assistant professor.

I completed my PhD in Computer Science at Harvard University in 2019, advised by David C. Parkes. I received my M.S. in 2014 at Harvard, and B.E. in 2012 at Xi'an Jiaotong University, both in Electrical Engineering.

My research is broadly situated at the interface between economics and computer science, and draws on concepts from multi-agent systems and game theory. I am particularly interested in designing incentive-aligned systems to bring people together in useful ways, in the presence of uncertainty, self-interest, and autonomy.

Curriculum vitae (updated July 2019).

Publications

Working Papers

Ma, H., Meir, R., Parkes D.C., & Wu-Yan, E., Penalty Bidding Mechanisms for Allocating Resources and Overcoming Present-Bias. [arXiv][pdf]

2019

Ma, H., Fang, F. & Parkes, D.C., Spatio-Temporal Pricing for Ridesharing Platforms. In Proceedings of the 2019 ACM Conference on Economics and Computation (EC'19). pp.583-583. [Publisher's Version][arXiv] [pdf][EC19]

Ma, H., Meir, R., Parkes D.C., & Zou, J., Contingent Payment Mechanisms for Resource Utilization. In Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS'19). pp. 422-430. Best paper award nomination. [Publisher's Version][arXiv] [pdf][AAMAS19]

Rheingans-Yoo, D., Kominers S.D., Ma, H. & Parkes, D.C., Ridesharing with Driver Location Preferences. To appear in Proceedings of the 28th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI’19), 2019. [pdf]

2018

Ma, H., Meir, R. & Parkes, D.C., 2018. Social Choice with Non Quasi-linear Utilities. In Proceedings of the 2018 ACM Conference on Economics and Computation (EC'18). pp. 49-49. [Publisher's Version] [arXiv] [pdf] [EC18][EC18 Talk]

2017

Meir, R., Ma, H. & Robu, V., 2017. Contract Design for Energy Demand Response. In Proceedings of The 26th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI'17). pp. 1202-1208. [Publisher's Version] [pdf]

Ma, H., Parkes, D.C. & Robu, V., 2017. Generalizing Demand Response Through Reward Bidding. In Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS'17). pp. 60-68. [Publisher's Version] [pdf]

2016

Ma, H., Robu, V., Li, N. & Parkes, D.C., 2016. Incentivizing Reliability in Demand-Side Response. In Proceedings of The 25th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI'16). pp. 352-358. [Publisher's Version] [pdf]

Ma, H., Meir, R. & Parkes, D.C., 2016. Social Choice for Agents with General Utilities. In Proceedings of The 25th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI'16). pp. 345-351. [Publisher's Version] [pdf]

Contact

hongyao.ma@gmail.com

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