Participatory budgeting (PB) is a democratic approach to deciding the funding of public projects, which has been adopted in many cities across the world. It has also been adopted in NSW. Despite the rapid of growth of PB, there is a need to design new algorithms that can handle complex preferences of voters and find desirable and fair plans. The goal of the project will be to examine challenging problems PB and design models and algorithms for them.
The student will be hosted by the Algorithmic Decision Theory group at UNSW.
Expected outcomes include valuable learning of important algorithms for high impact societal problems; experience of mathematical writing including proofs, implementation of algorithms, and an opportunity to get a real taste of doing research.