Bailey Flanigan (she/her)

e-mail: bflaniga at andrew dot cmu dot edu ○ office: 6002 Gates google scholardblp CV

I'm a 4th year PhD student in the CMU Computer Science Department, where I have the pleasure of being advised by Ariel Procaccia. Before coming to CMU, I did my undergrad at UW-Madison in Bioengineering, and then spent a few years doing research elsewhere in economics, computer science, and public health. I'm funded by the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation and the NSF.

I enjoy communicating my work and talking with students who want to learn more about computer science research. Please don't hesitate to reach out!


August 2020: Joint work with Paul Gölz, Anupam Gupta, and Ariel Procaccia on how to more fairly choose participants for citizens' assemblies was published in Nature.

Summer 2020: I've been working with several other students on a now nearly-completed DEI curriculum for first-year PhD students (here is the course website, which is still under development).


I enjoy working with theoretical models and methods within algorithms, learning theory, and social choice. When choosing problems, I am motivated by opportunities to improve real-world efficiency, fairness, and transparency. Recently, I've been working with several collaborators on algorithms for more fairly & transparently selecting citizens' assemblies, an increasingly popular form of democratic participation.

Papers & Presentations

A Bit of Altruism Can Curb Distortion. Bailey Flanigan, Ariel Procaccia, Sven Wang. [Preprint]

Smoothed Analysis of Social Choice Revisited. Bailey Flanigan, Daniel Halpern, Alexandros Psomas. [arXiv]

Fair Sortition Made Transparent. Bailey Flanigan, Gregory Kehne, Ariel Procaccia. NeurIPS 2021. [Preprint] [Code]

Fair Algorithms for Selecting Citizens' Assemblies. Bailey Flanigan, Paul Gölz, Anupam Gupta, Brett Hennig, Ariel Procaccia. Nature 2021. [Paper] [Appendices]

Neutralizing Self-Selection Bias in Sampling for Sortition. Bailey Flanigan, Paul Gölz, Anupam Gupta, Ariel Procaccia. NeurIPS 2020. [Paper] [Code]

The Pod People: Understanding Manipulation of Social Media Popularity via Reciprocity Abuse. Janith Weerasinghe*, Bailey Flanigan*, Aviel Stein, Damon McCoy, Rachel Greenstadt. WWW 2020. [Paper] [TechCrunch] [BuiltIn]

*indicates equal contribution

Understanding the Role of Tyrosine 1101 in the Nuclear Translocation of the Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor. Flanigan B, Iida M, Brand TM, Wheeler DL. Presentation at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting. 2016.

Targeting the HER Family with Pan-HER Effectively Overcomes Resistance to Cetuximab. Iida M, Bahrar H, Brand TM, Pearson HE, Coan JP, Orbuch RA, Flanigan B, Swick AD, Prabakaran PJ, Lantto J, Horak ID, Kragh M, Salgia R, Kimple RJ, Wheeler DL. Molecular Cancer Therapeutics. 2016.

Adaptive Responses to Antibody Based Therapy. Rodems TS, Iida M, Brand TM, Pearson HE, Orbuch RA, Flanigan B, and Wheeler DL. Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology. 2016.

Past Research

Visitor at UC Berkeley, Simons Institute - Fall 2022

Hosted by Nika Haghtalab

Research Intern at Google (Mountain View, CA) - Summer 2020

Hosted by Aranyak Mehta and D. Sivakumar

App Developer, Researcher at Philani Nonprofit (Zithulele, South Africa) - Summer 2019

Hosted by Karl Le Roux
(see CV for pre-2019)

Random Resources

Here is a form designed to help facilitate check-ins between PhD students and their advisors (it is in use by CSD and has received positive reviews from PhD students!).

Here are some notes I put together in the form of a lecture on the connection between Brouwer's Fixed-Point Theorem and Sperner's Lemma.