Irene Lo

I am an assistant professor in the department of Management Science & Engineering at Stanford University. My research builds on tools from algorithms and economics to design matching markets and assignment processes, with a focus on public sector and non-profit applications. I am especially interested in resource allocation in education, the environment, and the developing world. I lead the Stanford Impact Lab on Equitable Access to Education, was one of the program chairs for the 1st ACM Conference on Equity and Access in Algorithms, Mechanisms, and Optimization (EAAMO '21), and was a co-organizer of the Mechanism Design for Social Good (MD4SG) research initiative. 

I am honored to be affiliated with the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, the Stanford Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, the Stanford Golub Capital Social Impact Lab, the Stanford King Center for Global Development, the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, as well as the Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions. I was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the economics department at Stanford University, supervised by Al Roth. I obtained my Ph.D. in operations research from Columbia University in 2018, under the supervision of Jay Sethuraman and Jacob Leshno, and graduated from Princeton University in 2013 with an A.B. in mathematics.

You can contact me at ilo [at] stanford [dot] edu.

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Recent News

November 2022: Excited to co-organize a workshop on Societal Considerations and Applications in the semester on Data-Driven Decision Processes at the Simons Institute.

September 2022: Excited to announce the launch of a new Stanford Impact Lab on Equitable Access to Education! A generous grant from Stanford Impact Labs will support an expanded partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District on increasing equitable access to schools and educational offerings . 

September 2022: Honored that our work with the San Francisco Unified School District is a finalist for the INFORMS 2022 Doing Good with Good OR Award!

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