Kira Goldner

Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University

About me

I am a postdoc in Computer Science at Columbia University hosted by Tim Roughgarden. Specifically, I am an NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellow and a Data Science Institute Postdoctoral Fellow.

Announcement: I will be joining Boston University's Faculty of Computing & Data Sciences and theory group this summer as an Assistant Professor!

My research interests are primarily in algorithmic mechanism design and approximation algorithms, including:

In 2016, I shifted my attention to using these mathematical concepts to aid society, with a focus on improving access to opportunities and rights or mitigating global harms, and co-founding the Mechanism Design for Social Good initiative in the process. Since then, my research has also focused on: See my publications on my research page.

I received my PhD in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, where I was very fortunate to be advised by Anna Karlin. During my PhD, I was very generously supported by a 2017-19 Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship and a 2016-17 Google Anita Borg Scholarship.

Before that, I attended Oberlin College where I received a B.A. in Mathematics and minored in Computer Science. I also studied at Budapest Semesters in Mathematics. My Curriculum Vitae can be found here.

Upcoming and Recent News:

EAAMO '21: I am thrilled to be on the organizing team for the inaugural ACM Conference on Equity and Access in Algorithms, Mechanisms, and Optimization (EAAMO '21)! EAAMO is part of the MD4SG initiative, contains submission tracks for both researchers and policy makers and practitioners, and includes both archival and non-archival options. Submissions are due June 3; the conference takes place virtually October 5-9, 2021.