Computational social choice is a rapidly evolving research trend concerned with the design and analysis of methods for collective decision making. It combines methods from computer science with insights from economic theory. COST Action IC1205 on Computational Social Choice is a European research network, running from 2012 to 2016, that has been set up to provide a common platform for research in this field across Europe and beyond.
The Action organises a variety of events, including an annual summer school on a dedicated topic in computational social choice, and it offers a comprehensive programme of travel grants for research visits (so-called scientific missions) between different countries.
The scientific programme of COST Action IC1205 is organised in terms of four thematic areas, which are served by four working groups: voting and elections (WG1), fair division (WG2), information merging (WG3), and matching mechanisms (WG4). In organisational terms, the Action emphasises the close involvement of early-stage researchers.
The Action has 31 European partner countries that are part of the COST intergovernmental framework and that have signed the Memorandum of Understanding on which the Action is based, and it has partner institutions in a further 7 countries. Full information regarding the formal status of the Action and its members is available from the COST website.