PhD Student at Stanford University
Computer Science Department
bplaut AT stanford.edu
I am a third-year PhD student at Stanford University
in the Computer Science Department. I am fortunate to be advised by Ashish Goel and supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.
I am broadly interested in the intersection of economics and computation. My recent work has included mechanism design, markets, resource allocation, and fair division.
- B Plaut. Optimal Nash Equilibria for Bandwidth Allocation. Working paper.
- A Goel, R Hulett, B Plaut. Markets Beyond Nash Welfare for Leontief Utilities. Working paper.
- B Plaut, T Roughgarden, Communication Complexity of Discrete Fair Division. SODA 2019.
- N Garg, A Goel, B Plaut. Markets for Public Decision-making. WINE 2018.
- B Plaut, T Roughgarden, Almost Envy-Freeness with General Valuations. SODA 2018.
- H Xu, B Plaut, X Zhu, M Chen, U Mavinkurve, A Maiti, G Song, K Murari, and M Mandal, Direct Observation of Folding Energy Landscape of RNA Hairpin at Mechanical Loading Rates. The Journal of Physical Chemistry, 2017.
- B Plaut. Algorithms for Social Good: Kidney Exchange. Undergraduate senior thesis, advised by Tuomas Sandholm. Won the
Allen Newell Award for Excellent in Undergraduate Research, which is awarded by
the Computer Science faculty to the best thesis of the year.
- B Plaut, JP Dickerson, T Sandholm, Hardness of the Pricing Problem in Barter Exchanges. Working paper.
- JP Dickerson, D Manlove, B Plaut, T Sandholm, and J Trimble, Position-Indexed Formulations for Kidney Exchange. EC 2016.
- B Plaut, JP Dickerson, and T Sandholm, Fast Optimal Clearing of Capped-Chain Barter Exchanges. AAAI 2016.
Past Research Positions
- Computer Science Department, CMU (January 2015 - June 2016)
Advisor: Tuomas Sandholm
Developed provably optimal algorithms for clearing barter markets, with a focus on kidney exchange.
- Language Technologies Institute, CMU (May 2014 - August 2014)
Advisor: Noah Smith
(now at University of Washington)
Explored Steiner Tree approaches to semantic parsing of English sentences.
- Department of Chemistry, CMU (May 2013 - August 2013)
Advisor: Maumita Mandal
Designed and implemented noise reduction algorithms for single-molecule biological
- Research Intern at Google (June 2019 - September 2019)
- Teaching Assistant for CS166 (Data Structures) at Stanford University (April 2018 - June 2018)
- Course Assistant for
15-112 (Fundamentals of Programming and Computer Science) at Carnegie Mellon University (January 2014 - December 2015)
- Software Engineering Intern at Knewton, Inc. (June 2015 - July 2015)
Python, OCaml, LaTeX, C, C++, UNIX shell scripting, Matlab, SML
Spanish (Advanced proficiency)
Hebrew (Elementary proficiency)
- I dance as much as possible, especially west coast swing, fusion, and ballroom! I am a co-founder and instructor of the Stanford west coast swing club.
- Here's a picture of me doing ballroom: