About Me

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Data Science Institute at UChicago. I direct the Sigma Lab (Strategic IntelliGence for Machine Agents).

Prior to UChicago, I was an assistant professor at UVA and (even before) a postdoc at Harvard hosted by Yiling Chen and David Parkes. I received a PhD in Computer Science from USC advised by Shaddin Dughmi and Milind Tambe (now at Harvard), after writing this dissertation which was recognized by the ACM SIGecom Dissertation Award and IFAAMAS Victor Lesser Distinguished Dissertation Award. My CV can be found here.

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Office: Crerar 260

E-mail: haifengxu AT uchicago DOT edu

About My Research

I work on the economics of machine learning, such as understanding the economic aspects of machine learning itself and designing ML algorithms for economic problems. The following are a few research themes of my recent focus (also see my survey paper). More broadly, I am interested in decision making and machine learning in multi-agent setups, particularly in informationally complex environments with limited or asymmetric access to information. Please see our Sigma Research Lab for more details.

  1. Economics for data and machine learning (e.g., acquiring/eliciting/selling data and ML)

  2. Representative Recent Papers (see also my tutorial at AAAI23):

    1. (α-β) Paul Duetting, Vahab Mirrokni, Renato Paes Leme, Haifeng Xu, and Song Zuo

      WWW 2024: Proc. ACM Web Conference, 2024 (oral presentation)

      Creativity & Innovation award on Google's Demo Day

    2. (Randomized order) Jibang Wu, Haifeng Xu, Yifan Guo, Weijie Su

      working paper

    3. (α-β) Shuze Liu, Weiran Shen and Haifeng Xu

      EC 2021: Proc. 22th ACM Conference on Economics and Computation, 2021.

  3. The dynamics and economy of content creation and recommendation

  4. Representative Recent Papers (see also my talk at Google ML seminar):

    1. Fan Yao, Chuanhao Li, Karthik Abinav Sankararaman, Yiming Liao, Yan Zhu, Qifan Wang, Hongning Wang and Haifeng Xu

      NeurIPS 2023: Proc. 37th Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems, 2023.

    2. Chaoqi Wang, Ziyu Ye, Zhe Feng, Ashwinkumar Badanidiyuru and Haifeng Xu

      NeurIPS 2023: Proc. 37th Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems, 2023 (spotlight)

    3. Fan Yao, Chuanhao Li, Denis Nekipelov, Hongning Wang and Haifeng Xu

      ICML 2023: Proc. 40th International Conference on Machine Learning, 2023 (live presentation)

  5. Learning in strategic/economic setups (e.g., learning game-theoretic decisions)

  6. Representative Recent Papers (see also a recent talk I gave):

    1. (α-β) Jibang Wu, Haifeng Xu and Fan Yao

      COLT 2022: Proc. 35th Annual Conference on Learning Theory, 2022.

    2. (α-β) Ravi Sundaram, Anil Vullikanti, Haifeng Xu, Fan Yao

      The Journal of Machine Learning Research (JMLR) (also appeared at ICML 2021 as long oral, 3%)

    3. You Zu, Krishnamurthy Iyer, Haifeng Xu

      Operations Research, to appear (also appears at EC 2021).

  7. Algorithmic foundation and new frontiers of optimal information design

  8. Representative Recent Papers (see also my tutorial at EC23):

    1. (α-β) Yakov Babichenko, Inbal Talgam-Cohen, Haifeng Xu and Konstantin Zabarnyi

      working paper

    2. Jibang Wu, Zixuan Zhang, Zhe Feng, Zhaoran Wang, Zhuoran Yang, Michael I. Jordan and Haifeng Xu

      EC 2022: Proc. 23th ACM Conference on Economics and Computation, 2022.

    3. (α-β) Shaddin Dughmi, Haifeng Xu

      SICOMP: SIAM Journal on Computing (Invited to special issue for STOC 2016)

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