Currently, I am working as Assistant Professor at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad. Prior to this, I was a post-doctoral researcher with Prof Boi Faltings, LIA, EPFL, Lausanne (Jan'14-Oct'15), and a Sr Research Associate with Prof Y Narahari (Nov'15-Apr'16). I was a Research Scientist at Xerox Research Centre India (Jan'11-Nov'13). I completed my Ph.D. in the Department of Computer Science and Automation @ the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. I worked with Prof Y Narahari, Game Theory Lab. I am a recipient of the Alumni Medal of IISc for the Best Thesis in CSA for the academic year 2011-12' for my Ph.D. Dissertation, Novel Mechanisms for Allocation of Heterogeneous Items in Strategic Settings. During my Ph.D. I was a recipient of the Infosys Doctoral Fellowship.

Research Interests

  • Game Theory and Mechanism Design

  • Application of Game Theory to Artificial Intelligence (AI)

    • Social networks

    • Internet advertising

    • Crowdsourcing

    • Crowdfunding

    • Intelligent transportation

    • Online education

  • AI and Machine Learning

  • Cryptographic Game Theory (Securing Auctions)

  • Distributing trust: Block-chain Technology

  • Game Theory and Machine Learning

Recent Updates

  • Our Paper "Towards Mobile Distributed Ledger" is accepted for publication in IEEE Journal on IoT.

  • Our Poster "We might walk together, but I run faster: Network Fairness and Scalability in Blockchains" received the Best Poster Design Award at AAMAS 2021

  • Our following papers got accepted as regular papers at PRICAI 2021

    • Designing Refund Bonus Schemes for Provision Point Mechanism in Civic Crowdfunding

    • Designing Bounded Min-knapsack Bandits Algorithm for Sustainable Demand Response

  • We received the Best Paper Award at the first National Conference on Deployable AI for the proposal: "Building Ethical AI: Federated Learning Meets Fairness and Differential Privacy."


I have few openings for highly motivated Master and Ph.D. students to work on fascinating research problems in applied game theory as well as research challenges that lie at the intersection of Machine Learning and Game Theory and blockchain technology. I am excited about how to design protocols/ algorithms for modern marketplaces strategy-proof, that is, strategic agents do not manipulate it. I am also intrigued by the fact that with appropriate incentive engineering, blockchain technology has not just solved distributed consensus, but enabled to distribute the trust across the whole network. Through different research problems, my vision is to make AI and distributed systems fairer and strategyproof. Note you must be admitted to IIITH if you are interested in working with me as a regular student. If you are interested, you can drop an email to schedule a meeting. Currently, I do not have any internship openings for Bachelor's or Master's students.

Professional Activities

SPC Member: IJCAI 2021

PC member: UAI 2021, IJCAI 2020, 2019, 2018,2017,2016. AAMAS 2020,2019,2018,2017. AAAI 2022, 2021, 2020. WINE 2017.

Reviewer: Conferences TheWebConf 2019, FSTCCS'15, ACM EC'15, AAAI'15, ICOR'12 WINE'12,



  • CSE504: Fairness, Privacy and Ethics in AI

  • CSE201: Data Structures and Algorithms (Spring 2021,22) (IIITH)

  • CSE435: Advanced Communication Networks (Monsoon 2018,19,20) (IIITH)

  • CSE512: Distributing Trust and Blockchains (Spring 2018, Monsoon 2018,19,20,21) (IIITH)

  • CSE481: Optimization Methods (Spring 2017,18) (IIITH)

  • CSE498: Introduction to Game Theory (Monsoon 2016,17, Spring 2019,20,21,22) (IIITH)

  • Advanced Topics in Algorithmic Game Theory and Mechanism Design (Spring 2015) (EPFL)

Recent Publications

  • Towards Mobile Distributed Ledger, IEEE IoT

  • Designing Bounded Min-knapsack Bandits Algorithm for Sustainable Demand Response, PRICAI 2021 and Spotlight Presentation at Tackling Climate Change with Machine Learning workshop at ICML 2021

  • Designing Refund Bonus Schemes for Provision Point Mechanism in Civic Crowdfunding, PRICAI 2021

  • Building Ethical AI: Federated Learning Meets Fairness and Differential Privacy, DAI 2021. Best Paper Award.

  • Ballooning Multi-Armed Bandits, AI Journal 2021

  • FASTEN: Fair and Secure Distributed Voting Using Smart Contracts, IEEE ICBC 2021

  • A Multi-Arm Bandit Approach To Subset Selection Under Constraints, AAMAS 2021

  • We might walk together, but I run faster: Network Fairness and Scalability in Blockchains, AAMAS 2021 (Best Poster Design)

  • ASHWAChain: A Fast, Scalable and Strategy-proof Committee-based Blockchain Protocol, GTiB@WINE 2020

  • Block Rewards, Not Transaction Fees Keep Miners Faithful In Blockchain Protocols, GTiB@WINE 2020

  • FNNC: Achieving Fairness through Neural Networks, IJCAI 2020

  • BitcoinF: Achieving Fairness For Bitcoin In Transaction Fee-Only Model, AAMAS 2020

  • Designing Truthful Contextual Multi-Armed Bandits based Sponsored Search Auctions, AAMAS 2020

  • Mneme: A Mobile Distributed Ledger, INFOCOM 2020

  • Human-Machine Collaboration for Face Recognition, CoDS-COMAD 2020 (Best Paper Runner-up)

  • A Multi-armed Bandit Based Incentive Mechanism for a Subset Selection of Customers for Demand Response in Smart Grids, AAAI 2020

  • Bidding in Smart Grid PDAs: Theory, Analysis and Strategy, AAAI 2020

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