Hi! I'm a PhD candidate in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, where I am advised by Ashish Goel and Ramesh Johari and am part of the Stanford Crowdsourced Democracy Team and the Society and Algorithms Lab. I am a NSF Graduate Research Fellow and McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society Graduate Fellow.
I received my M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford in 2017. Before that, I graduated with a B.S. in Computer Engineering and a B.A. in Plan II (Liberal Arts) in 2015 from The University of Texas at Austin, where I focused on embedded systems and wireless communications. I have spent time at Uber, NASA, Microsoft, the Texas Senate, and IEEE's policy arm.Contact me at nkgarg@REMOVETHISstanford.REMOVETHISedu or Twitter.
I think about informational, operational, and algorithmic aspects of online marketplaces and participatory democracy. In both domains, I am most concerned with designing systems informed by both theory and data, and have primarily tackled learning and pricing challenges. I moonlight on applied machine learning problems, including using NLP tools to measure societal beliefs.
Trained predominantly as a computer scientist and engineer, I use techniques from probability, optimization, algorithms, statistics, and machine learning, and apply them to societal challenges. I also run experiments and contribute to deployed systems, including for participatory budgeting and at Uber and Upwork. I like to have first-hand practical experience in a domain before tackling research questions.here):
|June 2019||New paper online, "Who is in Your Top Three? Optimizing Learning in Elections with Many Candidates."|
|June 2019||I'll be a teaching assistant for AddisCoder for part of the summer!|
|May 2019||The New York Times discussed our paper "Designing Informative Rating Systems for Online Platforms," with a quote from me.|
|May 2019||New paper online, "Driver Surge Pricing." I will present it at the Revenue Management and Pricing Conference at Stanford and the EC Market Design Workshop in June.|
|April 2019||I presented our paper "Designing Optimal Binary Rating Systems" at AISTATS'19 in Naha, Japan.|
|Feb 2019||Our paper "Analyzing Polarization in Social Media: Method and Application to Tweets on 21 Mass Shootings" was accepted to NAACL'19.|
|Jan 2019||Stanford Engineering News wrote an article about our paper "Designing Informative Rating Systems for Online Platforms."|
|June 2019||Review of “Blitzscaling: The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies” by Reid Hoffman and Chris Yeh|
|Dec 2018||Top ten books I read in 2018|
|Dec 2018||Books I read in 2018, ranked (11–30)|
|Dec 2018||Books I read in 2018, ranked (31–52)|
|Dec 2018||Review of “A world without mind,” by Franklin Foer|
|Dec 2018||Review of “Inglorious Empire: What the British did to India”, by Shashi Tharoor|
|Dec 2018||Review of “Energy, a Human History,” by Richard Rhodes|
|Dec 2018||Review of “Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment,” by Robert Wright|