Should I need a reservation to use public transportation? Deciding who gets to use our public spaces, when.

People standing in line with face masks. Source: https://flickr.com/photos/29418416@N08/49463786343
  1. There is a large theoretical literature on non-monetary mechanism design (I ignored monetary solutions because for many of the applications above, they are dead on arrival, rightfully so). What from that literature can be used to design and build simple mechanisms usable by regular people?
  2. What level of heterogeneous preferences do you need for peak-demand offloading to work? What applications can we expect to meet that criteria? What can we measure or survey ahead of time to predict whether a line-based system work?
  3. How does an entity like a workplace or university combine information (priorities, office floor plans and spatial data, collaboration network data and meeting schedules, people’s preferences, capacity estimates, enforcement ability and communication costs) to decide who gets to come in on which day? More generally, are there usable allocation policies that jointly consider priorities, preferences, enforce-ability, and capacities over time?

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I study CS/Econ and applications to socio-technical issues. Blog about books and technical issues. PhD Stanford, BS/BA UT Austin. gargnikhil.com

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I study CS/Econ and applications to socio-technical issues. Blog about books and technical issues. PhD Stanford, BS/BA UT Austin. gargnikhil.com

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