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 advise against taking this course in your first year (you'll get much more out of it if you take it later).

The next edition of the course is planned for September/October 2022. The special focus of this edition is going to be judgment aggregatiion.

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 if you are unable to register by yourself using the UvA system you must get in touch with me by 24 June 2022, which is when the course registration period ends for UvA students.

If you register, you will receive an email from me about the selection procedure on 28 June 2022, and you will have to act on that email within one month, by 28 July 2022. Dealing with this will take you a couple of hours. I will let you know about the outcome by 31 July 2022.

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

See also: Computational Social Choice Seminar at the ILLC