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We’re happy to announce that two CS Department members have received this year’s Richard B. Salomon Faculty Research Awards.

Prof. Amy Greenwald will work with Prof. Pedro Dal Bo of Economics on "The Power of Advice: Experimental Evidence on Correlated Equilibria”. Correlated equilibria generalize Nash equilibria by relaxing the assumption of independence to allow correlations in behavior. An everyday example of a correlated equilibrium is a traffic light: if a driver arrives at a traffic light and observes a red (green) signal, then drivers arriving in the perpendicular direction will observe a green (red) signal; thus, stopping (going) in response to a red (green) signal is in an agent's best interest. This project will compare human decision-making processes about correlated equilibria with the reasoning of computational agents.

Postdoc Eileen Vote will work with Katharina Galor of the Center for Old World Archaeology and Art on a three-dimensional reconstruction of the water system at Qumran, the find site of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Together with Jean-Baptiste Humbert, an archaeologist from the École Biblique et Archéologique Française de Jérusalem, they will use a digital reconstruction of the water system to help derive a chronology for the archaeology of ancient Qumran, thus providing a context for insight and discovery about the Dead Sea Scrolls.

The Richard B. Salomon awards were established to support excellence in scholarly work by providing funding for faculty research projects deemed of exceptional merit. A total of $200,000 was awarded for 2003. Congratulations, Amy and Eileen!