Research Synopsis

My research involves interdisciplinary problems at the intersection of AI, sociology, and economics that arise in complex, strategic, and network-structured domains. My publication venues are AI Journal, ACM TEAC, AAAI, AAMAS, etc. Notably, a paper with my undergraduate student Tucker Gordon '17 has won the Best Paper Award at AAMAS 2018. My research is supported by NSF and Bowdoin Faculty Research Fellowship.

The primary vein of my research is on modeling, learning, and inference in networked strategic settings (where one's action affects others and vice versa). I use game theory to model complex systems like social and economic networks and machine learning to learn these models using real-world data. The goal is to answer interesting inference questions like: Who are the most influential senators in Congress? Is there a small coalition of senators who can prevent filibusters? In the setting of microfinance markets, what would be the effect of an interest rate cap? How can a donor inject subsidies to make loans more affordable? I have also dabbled a little bit in computational geometry and image analysis of art.

I'm always looking to work with interested Bowdoin students! You'll find more about my research here:

Venecia Xu presenting at President's Science Symposium
Venecia Xu '16 presents her research on Kandinsky's art at Presidential Science Symposium (Bowdoin College, 2014). She was co-advised by Sarah Montross (Museum of Art) and myself.


Note: The AAAI and NIPS conferences were assigned the highest rank (A*) by Computing Research and Education in 2014. ACM SoCG was ranked A. Artificial Intelligence, a flagship journal in AI, was ranked A* in the journal category. The Discrete & Computational Geometry journal was ranked among the top (A) by the Australian Mathematical Society.



Book Chapters

PhD Dissertation

Master's Thesis


  • Mohammad T. Irfan. Unsupervised Classification of Rhythms and Melodies Based on a Geometric Representation. Graduate Research Conference (GRC), Department of Computer Science, Stony Brook University, 2008. (Recipient of the Best Poster Award)

Work in Progress

  • Mohammad T. Irfan, Chandrasekhar Mallarapu, and Luis E. Ortiz. Survey Propagation for Graphical Games. Preprint.

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