Vikram Kher

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Undergraduate, Senior
Viterbi School of Engineering
Email: v +

About me

I am an undergraduate at USC's Viterbi School of Engineering double majoring in Computer Science (BS) and Applied Math (BA). I love Algorithm Design, Game Theory, and Russian Literature. During the Fall of 2022, I will be applying to PhD programs for theoretical computer science. Please check out my CV for a full list of my previous research experiences and related links.

Research Summary

In the Summer 2022, I had the wonderful opportunity to work with Dr. Ariel Schvartzman at the 2022 DIMACS REU on investigating fine-grained buy-many mechanisms in Auction Theory. Additionally, since the Spring of 2021, I have been working with Professor David Kempe on proving distortion bounds in the field of Metric Voting and investigating committee elections. Finally, during the Summer and Fall of 2020, I had the great opportunity to work as an undergraduate researcher at Hughes Professor Assad Oberai's Computation and Data Driven Discovery Group (CD3). I co-authored a paper, entitled “Machine Learning Based Predictors for COVID-19 Disease Severity”, based on this work, which was published in the Journal of Scientific Reports. The paper can be found here.

My research interests include:

  • Algorithm Design

  • Mechanism Design and Auction Theory

  • Computational Social Choice

Selected Awards

  • Semi-finalist for USC's 2022 Valedictorian/Salutatorian(s)

  • Viterbi Dean's List (2018-2022)

  • The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi's 2021 Summer Research Scholarship ($1,000)

  • Best Presentation at Viterbi Summer 2020 Research Showcase (Voted by Faculty)

  • USC Academic Achievement Award (2020)