Master course Game Theory (UvA) starts on April 3, 2018.

Talk at Leve de Wiskunde!, April 6, 2018.

LNMB PhD course on Algorithmic Game Theory starts March 5, 2018.


Guido Schäfer

I joined the Networks and Optimization (N&O) group at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) as a senior researcher in 2009. Since September 2016 I am the group leader of the Networks and Optimization (N&O) group. I am also holding a (part-time) professorship in the Department of Econometrics and Operations Research at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.


My main research interests are algorithms and combinatorial optimization in general, and algorithmic game theory in particular.

A large part of my research is concerned with the development of efficient algorithms for optimization problems. Another part is about devising algorithmic means to reduce the inefficiency caused by selfish behavior in large distributed systems. My research is fundamental in nature, but addresses several real-world aspects that are of practical relevance (such as lack of coordination, uncertainty of data, limitations of resources).

Results of this research find their applications, for instance, in logistics, transportation, traffic and network routing, scheduling and auctions.

Industry Cooperations

In a number of cooperations with industry partners, the algorithmic techniques that we developed in our group have proven useful to solve large and complex real-world problems. We are always interested in new algorithmic challenges arising in real-world applications and are open to new cooperations.

Please feel free to contact me if you think that our expertise in algorithms and optimization could be useful for you.

Teaching and Student Supervision

In spring 2018, I taught a Master Course on Behavioral Operations Research at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In fall 2017, I taught a course on Discrete Mathematics at Amsterdam University College (together with D. Dadush and M. Laurent). These courses will be offered again in fall/spring 2018/2019.

Currently, I teach a PhD course on Algorithmic Game Theory, which is part of the PhD program of the Dutch Network on the Mathematics of Operations Research (LNMB).

If you are interested in pursuing your MSc project in our group and want to learn more about potential topics, please contact me.

Organizational Activities

I co-organized the Back-to-School Seminar Day on "Developments and Applications in the Area of Game Theory" of the 42nd Conference on Mathematics of Operations Research, January 17-19, 2017, Lunteren.

I organized WINE 2015 which was held at CWI, Dec. 9-12, 2015.

At CWI I am the coordinator of the Algorithmic Game Theory project within N&O. I initiated the Dutch Network on Computational Game Theory (DNetCG). I also co-organize the Networks and Optimization seminar within N&O.