DIMACS/LAMSADE PARTNERSHIP on Computer Science and Decision Theory: Applications of Notions of Consensus
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Since 2004 DIMACS and LAMSADE have been running a joint research program on Computer Science and Decision Theory (see DIMACS/LAMSADE partnership). Already in October 2004 we organized a joint workshop (DIMACS/LAMSADE Workshop on Computer Science and Decision Theory). We are now planning a more focused workshop on Voting Theory and Preference Modelling.
Voting theory and preference modelling are particularly relevant as far as political science and governance are concerned (fair representation, participation in the democratic process, transparency of public decision processes, etc.), but surprisingly they also result from several modern computer science applications. We know that several problems which arise in fusion of information, knowledge extraction, distributed planning and pattern recognition can ultimately be considered as social choice and preference aggregation problems. At the same time such new areas of application represent new challenges for voting theory and preference modelling, for example: automatic decision processes, very large data sets, combinatorial structure of the alternatives, efficiency in computing. The new workshop aims to:
A volume of Annals of LAMSADE will be edited (as for the previous workshop). Possibly a special issue of a leading journal could be edited after the workshop.
Topics of the workshop include, but are not limited to: