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Kenneth Judd, Hoover Institution

Paul H. Bauer Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace .
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1980.
 Alfred E. Sloan Fellowship, 1985. Fellow of the Econometric Society; Elected, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2003.

Research Interests: Economics of taxation, tax policy, antitrust issues, imperfect competition, and mathematical economics and developing computational methods for economic modeling.



Lars Peter Hansen, Milton Friedman Institute, University of Chicago

The David Rockefeller Distinguished Service Professor in Economics, Statistics and the College; Director of the Milton Friedman Institute for Research in Economics. Fellow, Econometric Society, 1984; Frisch Prize Medal Co-winner, 1984; Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1993; Member, National Academy of Sciences, 1999; Erwin Plein Nemmers Prize in Economics, 2006; President, Econometric Society, 2007. CME Group-MSRI Prize in Innovative Quantitative Applications, 2008.

Research Interests: Time series econometrics; quantitative analysis of dynamic equilibrium models; asset pricing.


James J. Heckman, Economics Research Center, University of Chicago

Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor in Economics
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1971.
John Bates Clark Medal Winner, 1983; Member, National Academy of Sciences since 1992; Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, 2000; Jacob Mincer Lifetime Acheivement Award, 2005; Dennis J. Aigner Award, 2007 and 2005. Ulysses Medal, University College Dublin, 2006. Director, Economics Research Center, Department of Economics; and Director, Center for Social Program Evaluation, Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies since 1973.

Research Interests: Evaluation of social programs; econometric models of discrete choice and longitudinal data; the economics of the labor market; alternative models of the distribution of income; public economics; regulation and policy reform of income inequality; the economics of the life cycle of skill formation; hedonic models and pricing of heterogeneous goods and characteristics; heterogeneity in general equilibrium models.


Ian Foster, Computational Institute, University of Chicago

Director of the Computation Institute, the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor of Computer Science, Chan Soon-Shiong Scholar and Associate Director of the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory. PhD, Imperial College, United Kingdom.

Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the British Computer Society.Global Information Infrastructure (GII) Next Generation award, the British Computer Society’s Lovelace Medal, R&D Magazine’s Innovator of the Year.

Research Interests: Has lead development of methods and software that underpin many large national and international cyberinfrastructures


Pradeep Chintagunta, Chicago Booth School of Business, University of Chicago

Robert Law Professor of Marketing, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago. PhD, Northwestern University, 1990.

Businessweek’s top professors at Chicago Booth, 2002; Recipient of the Hillel Einhorn Award for Excellence in Teaching, EXP (Barcelona) Program, 1999 & 2000; XP (Chicago) Program, 2000, 2003, 2005 Finalist for the O’Dell award, 1996, 2001; Finalist for the Paul Green award, 1997, 2009.

Research Interests: Analysis of household purchase behavior, pharmaceutical markets, and technology products

Organizers and Speakers

Eric Aldrich, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and Duke University

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Ph.D. Candidate (Economics), Duke University
M.S. (Statistics), University of Washington, 2005

Research Interests: Macroeconomic asset pricing, computational economics, financial econometrics and finance.


Alexandre Belloni, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University

Assistant Professor of Decision Sciences, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
Ph.D., MIT, 2006

Research Interests: Professor Belloni’s research interests are on optimization and statistics and on their applications to Economics and Business. His current research focuses on developing and analyzing methods for model selection in Econometric problems, and for solving Mechanism Design problems. He received the 2007 Young Researchers Competition in Continuous Optimization Award and the second prize at the INFORMS 2006 George Nicholson Student Paper Award.

Philip Blood, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

Senior Scientific Specialist, Scientific Applications and User Support
Ph.D., University of Utah, 2008

Research Interests: Philip Blood received his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Utah in 2008 where he used massively parallel molecular dynamics simulations to study how proteins remodel cellular membranes. In 2007 Blood joined the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center as a Senior Scientific Specialist in the Scientific Applications and User Support group. He currently works with scientists in the fields of computational chemistry, biophysics, bioinformatics, and various other disciplines to advance science through supercomputing. Philip has recently taken a leading role in TeraGrid’s Campus Champions program, an effort to help more researchers at U.S. institutions take advantage of the national supercomputing resources available through TeraGrid.

Tim Hubbard, Texas Tech University

Assistant Professor of Economics
Ph.D. in Economics, The University of Iowa, 2009

Research Interests: Auctions and applied game theory, industrial organization, as well as trade and the environment. Current work focuses on methods for solving asymmetric auctions, structural estimation of electronic auctions like eBay, and structural estimation of dynamic auctions

Felix Kubler, University of Zurich and SFI

Swiss Finance Institute Professor of Financial Economics
Ph.D., Yale University, 1999.

Research Interests: Computation of equilibria General equilibrium theory Risk-Sharing Portfolio choice.


Todd Munson, Argonne National Laboratory

Scientist, Mathematics and Computer Science Division
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 2000.
Enrico Fermi Scholar, 2000. Beale-Orchard-Hayes Prize, 2003; Early Career Scientist and Engineer Award, U.S. Department of Energy, 2006; Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, 2006.

Research Interests: Algorithms and applications of optimization and complementarity. Utilizing constrained nonlinear optimization techniques to compute mountain passes, critical points where the Hessian has exactly one negative eigenvalue. Application of optimization to the r-refinement problem, a large nonlinear, nonconvex, optimization problem. Special purpose algorithms for solving support vector machine and mesh shape-quality optimization problems.


Jong-Shi Pang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Caterpillar Professor and Head of the Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ph.D., Operations Research, Stanford University 1976

2003 George B. Dantzig Prize
1994 Frederick W. Lanchester Prize

Research Interests: Professor Pang has broad research interests in the foundation and applications of optimization and equilibrium to engineering and economics. Lying at the heart of such interests are the formulation and understanding of mathematical models for applied problems and the development and analysis of solution methods for solving these models. Some of his most recent research topics include: the novel subject of differential variational inequalities, nonsmooth dynamical systems, the global solution of certain nonconvex optimization problems with disjunctive constraints, frictional contact problems and their optimization, dynamic traffic equilibrium problems, game-theoretic models in communication networks, electricity markets and supply chain systems.

Karl Schmedders, Institute for Operations Research, University of Zurich

Karl Schmedders

Director, Institute for Operations Research and Professor of Quantitative Business Administration
Ph.D., Stanford University, 1996.
L.G. Lavengood Professor of the Year, 2002.Research Interests: Computational Economics, General Equilibrium Theory, Asset Pricing, Portfolio Choice

Benjamin S. Skrainka, Institute for Fiscal Studies, University College London

Ph.D. Candidate, University College London.Research Interests: Computational Economics, Industrial Organization, and Econometrics. Current work focuses on estimating firm and consumer behaviour in the UK supermarket industry and developing efficient rules for multidimensional, numerical integration and understanding their impact on popular economic models.

Jevgenijs Steinbuks, Center for Global Trade Analysis, Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University

Research Associate, Center for Global Trade Analysis, Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University
Ph.D., George Washington University, 2008

Research Interests: My areas of expertise are in energy and environmental economics, industrial organization, and real estate and urban economics with a particular focus on households’ and firms’ investment problems. I am currently working on a large NSF funded research project on the optimal allocation of global land use in the presence of uncertainty and irreversibility in collaboration with the Center for Robust Decision Making on Climate and Energy Policy at the University of Chicago.


Che-Lin Su, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Assistant Professor, Operations Management.
Ph.D., Stanford University, 2005
.Research Interests: Computational economics; mathematical programming methods for structural estimation, optimal income taxation, executive compensation design and dynamic principal-agent problems.

Greg Thain, University of Wisconsin