Susan Athey is a Professor of Economics at Harvard University. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University and her Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. After teaching at MIT for six years and Stanford for five years, she moved to Harvard in 2006.
Her research focuses on auction theory, the design of auction-based markets, and the statistical analysis of auction data. She is an expert in a broad range of economic fields - including industrial organization, econometrics, and microeconomic theory - and has used game theory to examine firm strategy when firms have private information. She advises governments and businesses on the design of auction-based marketplaces, most recently consulting for Microsoft Corporation in the role of chief economist, focusing on its online advertising auctions.
In 2007, Professor Athey was named the first female recipient of the American Economic Association's prestigious John Bates Clark Medal, awarded every other year to the most accomplished American economist under the age of 40 adjudged to have made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Econometric Society, and she serves as an elected member of the Council of the Econometric Society and the Executive Committee of the American Economics Association.
Soumen Chakrabarti received his B.Tech in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, in 1991 and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1992 and 1996. At Berkeley he worked on compilers and runtime systems for running scalable parallel scientific software on message passing multiprocessors.
He was a Research Staff Member at IBM Almaden Research Center from 1996 to 1999, where he worked on the Clever Web search project and led the Focused Crawling project.
In 1999 he joined the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, where he has been an Associate professor since 2003. In Spring 2004 he was Visiting Associate professor at Carnegie-Mellon University.
He has published in the WWW, SIGIR, SIGKDD, SIGMOD, VLDB, ICDE, SODA, STOC, SPAA and other conferences as well as Scientific American, IEEE Computer, VLDB and other journals. He holds eight US patents on Web-related inventions. He has served as technical advisor to search companies and vice-chair or program committee member for WWW, SIGIR, SIGKDD, VLDB, ICDE, SODA and other conferences, and guest editor or editorial board member for DMKD and TKDE journals. He has served as program chair for WSDM 2008 and WWW 2010. He is also author of one of the earliest books on Web search and mining.
His current research interests include integrating, searching, and mining text and graph data models, exploiting types and relations in search, and dynamic personalization in graph-based retrieval and ranking models.