[BI Announcement] ICAART 2019: Reza Refaei Afshar won ”Best Student Paper Award”

Reza Refaei Afshar, PhD student at the Information Systems group, has received the Best Student Paper Award for his work presented at the 11th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence held on 19 – 21 February, in Prague, Czech Republic. The paper titled “A Reinforcement Learning Method to Select Ad Networks in Waterfall Strategy” was co-authored by his supervisors Yingqian Zhang, Murat Firat and Uzay Kaymak.


Nowadays, one of the most important sources of income for publishers who own websites is through online advertising (online ADs). For online publishers, it is difficult to design good strategies to manage their online AD auction systems due to highly dynamic real-time bidding environment.  This paper proposes a machine learning based decision support system for publishers, which is built from historical AD auction data. The proposed method demonstrates its effectiveness in terms of the increased expected revenue for publishers.

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