Qing Chuan Ye and Yingqian Zhang received a “Best Paper Award for 2017” from Omega-International Journal of Management Science.
The award-winning paper “Fair task allocation in transportation”, co-authored with Rommert Dekker, is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.omega.2016.05.005.
The paper studies a max-min fair, minimum-cost task allocation problem in transportation. It proposes an efficient algorithm for allocating tasks and resources in a fair way among players. The experiments show that often fairness comes with a very small price in terms of cost. In many cases such as applications in Sharing Economy, such a fair allocation algorithm is more socially desired than the classical cost minimization ones.