Sam Ganzfried

Founder at Ganzfried Research

Lecture Information:
  • October 22, 2021
  • 2:00 PM
  • Zoom

Speaker Bio

Sam Ganzfried is founder of Ganzfried Research where he works on fundamental problems in artificial intelligence and game theory and consults on applications of game-theoretic algorithms to national security and fairness and security in online gaming. He was a principal investigator for a team with the DARPA initiative on “”Serial Interactions in Imperfect Information Games Applied to Complex Military Decision Making.”” He was an assistant professor of computer science at FIU from 2016-2018, holds a PhD in computer science from Carnegie Mellon, and has an AB in math from Harvard. At FIU he created and taught new courses in game theory and artificial intelligence.


In order to effectively educate students, universities must also evaluate them. Student evaluation is typically in the form of a letter grade. These grades provide an important indicator to potential employers, for graduate school admission, and for many awards and fellowships (and in some cases also for whether students will graduate). It is essential that the grading system be fair and transparent to the students. The two most common grading systems, absolute scale and grading curve, both have significant shortcomings. We have developed a novel system Grady that computes the optimal tradeoff between the absolute scale and grading curve, in effect creating the “best of both worlds.” Furthermore, it does this in a way that is completely transparent to the students from the start of the class.