I am an assistant professor at the National University of Singapore's School of Computing. Prior to that I was a postdoctoral research fellow at Carnegie Mellon University, hosted by Anupam Datta and Ariel Procaccia. I completed my PhD at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, hosted by Edith Elkind.

Brief Bio (for talks etc.)

Yair Zick is an assistant professor at the Department of Computer Science at the National University of Singapore. He obtained his PhD (mathematics) from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2014, and a B.Sc (mathematics, "Amirim" honors program) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research interests include computational fair division, computational social choice, algorithmic game theory and algorithmic transparency. He is the recipient of the 2011 AAMAS Best Student Paper award, the 2014 Victor Lesser IFAAMAS Distinguished Dissertation award, the 2016 ACM EC Best Paper award, and the 2016 Singapore NRF Fellowship.


  • 10/2017
    Article at the Business Times
    I was interviewed for an article on algorithm bias for the Business Times.
  • 9/2017
    Sapiens Plurum
    I have recently joined the board of Sapiens Plurum.
  • 7/2017
    Paper Accepted to the JACM
    Our work on envy-free rent division has been accepted to the Journal of the ACM.
  • 7/2017
    Two papers accepted to IJCAI 2017
    I have two papers accepted to IJCAI. The first is on coalition formation and negotiation in human/agent environments; the other is on forming 'good' coalitions in uncertain environments - this is also Jakub's first published research paper, which makes it even more exciting!
  • 7/2017
    Chairing FAT-SG at the NUS School of Computing
    This is the first workshop on Fairness, Accountability and Transparency held in Singapore. We hope to see you there!
  • 5/2017
    Chairing CoopMAS 2017 @AAMAS 2017
    This is my second year co-chairing CoopMAS, we have a great program this year!
  • 12/2016
    Invited Talk at the ML and the Law Symposium@NIPS
    I presented our work on algorithmic transparency, and learned a lot about legal aspects of ML.

Honors and Awards

  • 2017
    The 2017 NRF Fellowship
    The NRF fellowship is awarded to young investigators; within the scope of this fellowship, I will be working on topics close to my research interests.
  • 2016
    The ACM EC Best Paper Award
    Our paper "Which is the Fairest (Rent Division) of them All?", coauthored by myself, Moshik Mash, Kobi Gal and Ariel D. Procaccia, won the ACM EC (Economics and Computation) best paper award. The paper had a nice mix of theoretical and empirical results, as well as carefully designed user studies.
  • 2014
    The IFAAMAS Victor Lesser Distinguished Dissertation Award
    Annually awarded to the best PhD thesis in the multi-agent systems community.
  • 2011
    The AAMAS 2011 Pragnesh Jay Modi Best Student Paper Award
    I got this award for my first ever research paper (coauthored by my then advisor and current amazing researcher, Edith Elkind), this still is one of the most fun projects I got to work on.
  • 2010 - 2014
    The Singapore International Graduate Award
    My PhD was generously funded by the Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA), awarded by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). This is a full PhD scholarship awarded to outstanding international scholars wishing to pursue their graduate studies in Singapore.
  • 2007-2009
    "Amirim" Scholarship
    I was a member of the "Amirim" honors program, accepting a small number of outstanding students from all academic disciplines. The program focused mostly on the arts and social sciences, so it wasn't very "science-y", but it did teach me how to write clearly and academically. Oh, and we got to read The Tempest!

I am interested in problems at the intersection of algorithms, machine learning, and game theory.

Academic Positions

  • Present 2016

    Assistant Professor

    National University of Singapore, School of Computing

  • 2016 2014

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    Carnegie Mellon University, Computer Science Department; hosted by Anupam Datta and Ariel Procaccia .

Education & Training