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Swaprava is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay. Before this, he was a faculty member at the Dept. of CSE, IIT Kanpur. Even earlier, he held postdoctoral positions at Carnegie Mellon University and Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi, and finished his PhD from the Dept. of CSA, IISc Bangalore. His research interest lies at the intersection of economics and computation, which has several applications in social, industrial, and computational paradigms. Apart from academic positions, Swaprava also has experience in the industry. He has worked at Xerox Research Centre Europe and Cisco Systems India. He has been recipients of Fulbright-Nehru post doctoral grant, Tata Consultancy Services PhD Fellowship, and the Honorable Mention Award of Yahoo! Key Scientific Challenges Program.

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Assistant Professor, 2021-Present

Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Assistant Professor, 2017-2021

Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Fulbright-Nehru Post-doctoral Fellow, 2015-2017

Computer Science Department
Carnegie Mellon University
Host: Ariel Procaccia

Lecturer and Post-doctoral Fellow, 2013-2015

Economics and Planning Unit
Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi
Host: Arunava Sen

Visiting Scholar, 2011

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Harvard University
Supervisor: David Parkes

Student Intern, 2010

Xerox Research Centre Europe
Meylan, France

Software Engineer, 2008-2009

Cisco Systems (India) Pvt. Ltd.
Bangalore, India


  • Senate commendation for teaching excellence in the course “CS711: Introduction to Game Theory and Mechanism Design” taught in the 2020-21-I semester, IIT Kanpur.
  • Our solution Satyanweshi, a truth-seeking chatbot, secured the second place in MHRD AICTE Samadhan online challenge in response to COVID-19: among more than 2500 participants, 2020.
  • Recipient of Fulbright-Nehru Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, 2015-17.
  • Recipient of Honorable Mention Award in Yahoo! Key Scientific Challenges Program, 2012.
  • Recipient of Tata Consultancy Services PhD Fellowship, 2010 - 13.
  • My Erdös Number is 3. [place mouse here to see how]
  • Fun Stuff

    • Eric Maskin's talks on Mechanism Design.
    • The always happening Algorithmic Game Theory blog.
    • An excellent resource for graduate students is Lise Getoor's resources page.
    • Have a question on theoretical computer science? Can check out an open forum, StackExchange. You can ask or answer.
    • Manuel Blum's advice for graduate students.
    • Ariel Rubinstein's blast-off Q&A for graduate students.
    • Videolectures sources: one, two.
    • Relevant conference deadlines: link 1, link 2, relevant to CompEcon.
    • An interesting plot relating the per-capita GDP, expenditure on health, education with corruption levels of different countries (data from World Bank and Transparency International).


    I take great interest in playing soccer -- 2008, 2014, and 2015 snapshots. To me, it has been a great stress-reliever and most importantly, a fitness-yielding fun activity. The game brings some form of art and philosophy that is more than sheer skill and power. My role model is Pelé. Almost everybody knows his class on ground, however, he is a wonderful motivator off-the-field. In particular, I liked the following quote among his other advices to the young footballers, which, I feel is equally motivating for young researchers as well:

    "Always be yourself! Don't try to imitate anyone or to be like someone. Create your own individual style. Don't try and make yourself a 'Pelé'. It is much more important to be yourself than Pelé."

    If you are interested in starting to play soccer with professional spirit, here is a tutorial by him.

    Sketches / Painting

    I used to sketch/paint in my school days -- I'm long out of practice, but sometimes I still try my hand in it -- 1999, 2012, 2016, 2019 water color, 2019 wall paint.