This dynamic partnership shapes the socio-economic landscape, utilizing economic principles to guide policymaking for societal challenges. The collaboration ensures that policy decisions foster sustainable and inclusive development in the public interest.


Francisco Benita

PhD, Monterrey Tech

Lynette Cheah

Adjunct Associate Professor
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Bikramjit Das

Associate Professor and Associate Head of Pillar (Graduate Programme)
PhD, Cornell University

Lingjie Duan

Associate Professor and Associate Head of Pillar (Research)
PhD, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Georgios Piliouras

Associate Professor
PhD, Cornell University


SNI Level II Scholar (National Researchers System, Mexico)2022, Francisco Benita, National Council for Science and Technology (Conacyt), Mexico

IISE David F. Baker Distinguished Research Award2022, Rakesh Nagi, Institute of Industrial Systems & Engineers

Top 2% Scientists2021, Lingjie Duan, Stanford University

Elected Fellow of International Statistical Association2020, Bikramjit Das, International Statistical Association

Chair, East-Asian and Pacific Regional Committee, Bernoulli Society (2020-2022)2020, Bikramjit Das, Bernoulli Society

Best Paper Award2017, Francisco Benita, FIIB Annual Research Conference (New Delhi, India)

SUTD Excellence in Research Award2017, Lingjie Duan, SUTD

10th Asia-Pacific Outstanding Young Researcher Award2015, Lingjie Duan, IEEE Communications Society

Hong Kong Young Scientist Award (Finalist in Engineering Science)2014, Lingjie Duan, Hong Kong Institution of Science

IIE Fellow Award, the Institute of Industrial Engineers2010, Rakesh Nagi, Institute of Industrial Systems & Engineers

University at Buffalo’s Sustained Achievement Award2009, Rakesh Nagi, University at Buffalo

Promising Inventor Award, SUNY/RF2004, Rakesh Nagi, The State University of New York

Buffalo Business First’s 40 under 40 award2004, Rakesh Nagi, Buffalo Business First

IIE’s Outstanding Young Industrial Engineer Award in Academia1999, Rakesh Nagi, Institute of Industrial Systems & Engineers


Privacy-protected AI Methods for Restricted Surveillance of Mobile CommunicationsNov 2023, Lingjie Duan, (PI), SUTD Kickstarter Initiative (SKI) Grant, 3 years, $0.5M

Dynamic Crowdsourcing Mechanisms for Decarbonising Urban Passenger Transportation and Package DeliveryOct 2023, Lingjie Duan, (PI), Joint SMU-SUTD Grant, 2 years, $0.3M

Fast Learning And Channel Hopping For Anti-Jamming DefenseJun 2023, Lingjie Duan, (PI), DSO National Laboratories, 1 year, $0.25M

Mitigating the Harm of Fentanyl through Holistic Demand/Supply-Chain Interventions and Equitable Resource Allocations,” National Science Foundation (USA)Jan 2023, Rakesh Nagi, National Science Foundation

Building Proposal Development Evaluation with Artificial IntelligenceSep 2022, Antonios Varvitsiotis, (co-PI), Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), 3 years

To Motivate Human-in-the-loop Learning of Complex Traffic NetworksMar 2022, Lingjie Duan, (PI), MOE AcRF Tier 2 Grant, 3 years, $0.7M

Computer Science Approaches to Quantum Computing for FinanceMar 2022, Antonios Varvitsiotis, (co-PI), Quantum Engineering Programme (QEP) 2.0, 3 years

Analysis of Optimization Algorithms Using Sum of SquaresOct 2020, Antonios Varvitsiotis, (PI), SUTD, 3 years

Adaptive Learning for Interactive Agents and SystemsApr 2020, Antonios Varvitsiotis, (co-PI), ANR-NRF, 3 years


Limited-Trust in Diffusion of Competing Alternatives Over Social Networks2023, Rakesh Nagi, IEEE Transactions on Network Science and EngineeringV Leon, SR Etesami, R NagiVolume 11, No. 1, Pages 1320-1336 [Publication Link]

Systemic Risk in Financial Networks: The Effects of Asymptotic Independence2023, Bikramjit Das, Under review (Finance and Stochastics)B. Das and V. Fasen-Hartmann [Publication Link]

A Linkage Analysis of the Mining Sector in the Top Five Carbon Emitter Economies2023, Francisco Benita, Regional Science Policy & PracticeF. Benita, D. Gaytán‐Alfaro [Publication Link]

Efficient and Effective Large-scale Vaccine Distribution2023, Peter Jackson, International Journal of Production EconomicsM. Klein, N. Hupert, J.A. Muckstadt, P. Jackson, and R. GougeletVolume 262, August 2023, pp. 1-11  [Publication Link]

Dynamic Pricing for Client Recruitment in Federated Learning2023, Lingjie Duan, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking X. Wang, S. Zheng, L. Duan [Publication Link]

Chase or Wait: Dynamic UAV Deployment to Learn and Catch Time-Varying User Activities2023, Lingjie Duan, IEEE Transactions on Mobile ComputingZ. Wang and L. Duan vol. 22(3), pp. 1369 - 1383 [Publication Link]

When Congestion Games Meet Mobile Crowdsourcing: Selective Information Disclosure2023, Lingjie Duan, The 37th AAAI Conference on Artificial IntelligenceH. Li and L. Duan [Publication Link]

A Family of Strategyproof Mechanisms for Activity Scheduling2023, Lingjie Duan, Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AGNT)X. Xu, J. Zhang, M. Li, L. Duan, and L. Xie vol. 37(44) [Publication Link]

To Save Mobile Crowdsourcing from Cheap-talk: A Game Theoretic Learning Approach2023, Lingjie Duan, IEEE Transactions on Mobile ComputingS. Hao and L. Duan [Publication Link]

Age of Information Diffusion on Social Networks: Optimizing Multi-stage Seeding Strategies2023, Lingjie Duan, ACM MobiHoc 2023 S. Li and L. Duan [Publication Link]

Location Privacy Protection Game Against Adversary through Multi-user Cooperative Obfuscation2023, Lingjie Duan, IEEE Transactions on Mobile ComputingS. Hong and L. Duan [Publication Link]

Online Pricing Incentive to Sample Fresh Information2023, Lingjie Duan,  IEEE Transactions on Network Science and EngineeringH. Li and L. Duanvol. 10(1), pp. 514 - 526 [Publication Link]

Average-Case Analysis of Greedy Matching for Large-Scale D2D Resource Sharing2023, Lingjie Duan, IEEE Transactions on Mobile ComputingS. Gao, C. Courcoubetis, and L. Duan [Publication Link]

Multi-UAV Cooperative Trajectory for Servicing Dynamic Demands and Charging Battery2023, Lingjie Duan, IEEE Transactions on Mobile ComputingK. Wang, X. Zhang, L. Duan, J. Tievol. 22(3), pp. 1599 - 1614 [Publication Link]

Multi-objective Optimization for UAV Swarm-assisted IoT with Virtual Antenna Arrays2023, Lingjie Duan,  IEEE Transactions on Mobile ComputingJ. Li, G. Sun, L. Duan, and Q. Wu [Publication Link]

A Cooperative Bargaining Framework for Decentralized Portfolio Optimization2022, Francisco Benita, Journal of Mathematical EconomicsF. Benita, S. Nasini, R. Nessah 103, 102789 [Publication Link]

Comparing COVID-19 in the Antipodes: Insights from Pandemic Containment Strategies on Both Sides of the Pacific2022, Francisco Benita, Transportation Research Interdisciplinary PerspectivesF. Benita, L. Fuentes, L. A Guzmán, R. Martínez, J. C.arlos Muñoz, H. Neo, S. Rodríguez-Leiva, J. Soza-Parra15, 100660 [Publication Link]

What have we Learned About Socioeconomic Inequalities in the Spread of COVID-19? A Systematic Review2022, Francisco Benita, Sustainable Cities and SocietyF. Benita, L. Rebollar-Ruelas, E.D. Gaytán-Alfaro104158 [Publication Link]

Associations Between Street Connectivity and Poverty2022, Francisco Benita, Networks and Spatial EconomicsF.Benita22 (1), 181-201 

An Augmented Lagrangian Method with Constraint Generation for Shape-constrained Convex Regression Problems2022, Meixia Lin, Mathematical Programming ComputationM. Lin, D. Sun, and K-C. Tohvol. 14(2), pp. 223-270 [Publication Link]

Integration of Long- and Short-Term Contracts in a Market for Capacity2022, Peter Jackson, Production and Operations ManagementA. Sapra and P. Jackson31, No. 7, July 2022, pp. 2872-2890 

Support Vector Machines as Bayes’ Classifiers2022, Peter Jackson, Operations Research LettersP. Jackson 50, No. 5, Sept. 2022, pp. 423-429 

Design and Performance Analysis of Partial Computation Output Schemes for Accelerating Coded Machine Learning2022, Lingjie Duan, IEEE Transactions on Network Science and EngineeringX. Xu, X. Lin, and L. Duanvol. 10(2), pp. 1119 - 1130 [Publication Link]

Dynamic Pricing and Mean Field Analysis for Controlling Age of Information2022, Lingjie Duan, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking X. Wang and L. Duanvol. 30(6), pp. 2588 - 2600 [Publication Link]

Distributed Double Auction Mechanisms for Large-Scale Device-to-Device Resource Trading2022, Lingjie Duan, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking S. Gao, C. Courcoubetis, and L. Duanvol. 31(3), pp. 1308 - 1323 [Publication Link]

Protecting Location Privacy by Multi-query: A Dynamic Bayesian Game Theoretic Approach2022, Lingjie Duan, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics & Security (TIFS)S. Hong, L. Duan, and J. Huangvol. 17, pp. 2569 - 2584 [Publication Link]

Online Algorithms for the Maximum k-interval Coverage Problem2022, Lingjie Duan, Journal of Combinatorial Optimization (JOCO)S. Li, M. Li, L. Duan, V. C.S. Lee Vol. 44, pp. 3364–3404 [Publication Link]

Cooperative Double-IRS Aided Proactive Eavesdropping,” IEEE Transactions on Communications2022, Lingjie Duan, IEEE Transactions on CommunicationsY. Cao, L .Duan, M. Jin and N. Zhaovol. 70(9), pp. 6228 - 6240 [Publication Link]

Efficient Algorithms for Ride-hitching in UAV Travelling2022, Lingjie Duan, Theoretical Computer ScienceS. Li, M. Li,  L. Duan, V. C.S. LeeVol. 929, pp. 140-156 [Publication Link]

To Help or Disturb: Introduction of Crowdsourced WiFi to 5G Networks2022, Lingjie Duan, IEEE Transactions on Mobile ComputingS. Hao and L. Duanvol. 22(9), pp. 5583 - 5596 [Publication Link]

Stochastic Superiority Equilibrium in Game Theory2021, Rakesh Nagi, Decision AnalysisA Yekkehkhany, T Murray, R NagiVolume 18, Issue 2, Pages 153-168 [Publication Link]

Limited-Trust in Social Network Games2021, Rakesh Nagi, arXiv e-printsT Murray, J Garg, R Nagi 2103.0146 [Publication Link]

Limited-trust Equilibria2021, Rakesh Nagi, European Journal of Operational ResearchT Murray, J Garg, R NagiVolume 289, Issue 1, Pages 364-380 [Publication Link]

Integrating Empirical Analysis into Analytical Framework: An Integrated Model Structure for On-Demand Transportation2021, Ying Xu, The Proceedings of the 2021 INFORMS International Conference on Service Science Yuliu Su, Ying Xu, Costas Courcoubetis, and Shih-Fen ChengICSS 2021: AI and Analytics for Smart Cities and Service Systems pp 300–315 [Publication Link]

Regional Trade Agreements and Export Trade Flows: Developing Economies and the Global Financial Crisis of 2007 to 20092021, Francisco Benita, The International Trade JournalF.Benita37 (2), 200-220 [Publication Link]

Optimal Incentive and Load Design for Distributed Coded Machine Learning2021, Lingjie Duan, IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC)N. Ding, Z. Fang, L. Duan, and J. Huangvol. 39(7), pp. 2090-2104 [Publication Link]

Two-facility Location Games with Minimum Distance Requirement2021, Lingjie Duan, Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR)X. Xu, B. Li, M. Li, and L. Duan, ESI Highly Cited Paper in 2023 (data from Web of Science) vol. 70 [Publication Link]

Economic Analysis of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Provided Mobile Services2021, Lingjie Duan, IEEE Transactions on Mobile ComputingX. Wang and L. Duan vol. 20(5), pp. 1804 - 1816 [Publication Link]

Pricing-driven Service Caching and Task Offloading in Mobile Edge Computing2021, Lingjie Duan, IEEE Transactions on Wireless CommunicationsJ. Yan, S. Bi, L. Duan, and Y.-J. A. Zhang vol. 20(7), pp. 4495 - 4512 [Publication Link]

Towards Reliable UAV Swarm Communication in D2D-enhanced Cellular Network2021, Lingjie Duan,  IEEE Transactions on Wireless CommunicationsY. Han, L. Liu, L. Duan, and R. Zhang vol. 20(3), pp. 1567 - 1581 [Publication Link]

UAV-aided Information and Energy Transmissions for Cognitive and Sustainable 5G Networks2021, Lingjie Duan, IEEE Transactions on Wireless CommunicationsY. Che, Y. Lai, S. Luo, K. Wu, and L. Duan vol. 10(1), pp. 514 - 526 

Learning Large Electrical Loads via Flexible Contracts with Commitment,2021, Lingjie Duan, IEEE Transactions on Network Science and EngineeringP. Lai, L. Duan, and X. Linvol. 8(2), pp. 1925 - 1940 [Publication Link]

Optimal Pricing for Peer-to-peer Sharing with Network Externalities2020, Lingjie Duan, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking (TON)Y. Li, C. Courcoubetis, L. Duan, and R. Webervol. 29(1), pp. 148 - 161 [Publication Link]