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DPhil graduate Dominik Peters receives distinguished dissertation award


Dominik Peters has been announced as the recipient of the 2019 Victor Lesser Distinguished Dissertation Award. This award is sponsored by the International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (IFAAMAS). It is awarded for dissertations written as part of a PhD defended in 2019, which show originality, depth, impact and written quality, supported by quality publications.

Dominik's award citation reads: ‘We award the prize to Dominik for his ground breaking thesis making key contributions to MAS. His work on using SAT solvers was able to improve the bounds for a classic impossibility result in social choice, while generating computer-generated proofs that are comprehensible to humans. He designed new strategy-proof mechanisms for participatory budgeting, which has the potential to transform how budgets are allocated in thousands of cities in the real world. Dominik’s work has put forward a number of new techniques that are already being used by other researchers in the field.’

Dominik's DPhil work entitled 'Fair Division of the Commons' was supported by an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council studentship, and his supervisor was Professor Edith Elkind.