Computational Social Choice


This is the website of the Computational Social Choice (COMSOC) course taught by Ulle Endriss at the ILLC in Amsterdam. The field of computational social choice is concerned with the design and analysis of mechanisms for collective decision making. The course provides a thorough introduction to both classical social choice theory, originating in Economics and Political Science, and modern computational social choice, emphasising its interface with Computer Science and AI. The intention is to enable students to conduct independent research in this exciting and fast-moving field. The exact list of topics covered changes every time the course is offered.

This is an advanced, research-oriented course in both the Master of Logic and the MSc AI. Students from other programmes, such as Computer Science, Mathematics, Economics, or Philosophy, are also very welcome (contact me if you are unsure about your qualifications). Everyone taking the course is expected to have what is sometimes called mathematical maturity (i.e., some prior experience in working out and writing up mathematical proofs).

For preliminary information on the 2021 edition of the course, refer to the UvA Course Catalogue. Please note that the number of places for the courses is limited to 30. Students from outside the MSc Logic and MSc AI (and students from outside the UvA) are very welcome to take the course, but you must get in touch with me in December 2020, during the regular course registration period for UvA students.

Links to previous editions of the course (with slides, exercises, literature):

See also: Computational Social Choice Seminar at the ILLC