Jenn Wortman Vaughan came to MSR New York from UCLA, where she was an assistant professor in the computer science department. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania in 2009, and subsequently spent a year as a Computing Innovation Fellow at Harvard. Her research interests are in algorithmic economics and market design, machine learning, and social computing, all of which she studies using techniques from theoretical computer science. She is the recipient of Penn's 2009 Rubinoff dissertation award for innovative applications of computer technology, a National Science Foundation CAREER award, a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and best paper or best student paper awards at COLT, ACM EC, and UAI. In her "spare" time, Jenn is involved in a variety of efforts to provide support for women in computer science; most notably, she co-founded the Annual Workshop for Women in Machine Learning, which has been held each year since 2006.
For more information, including a full list of publications, see: http://jennwv.com