Michael Kearns is a professor in the Computer and Information Science department at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is the Founding Director of Penn's new Market and Social Systems Engineering Program. Prof. Kearns has research interests in machine learning, social networks, algorithmic game theory, and computational finance. Prior to joining the Penn faculty, he spent a decade in basic research at AT&T/Bell Laboratories. Prof. Kearns has also worked extensively with technology start-up companies and in the quantitative finance industry.