Incentive Centered Design

Making the Internet Safe, Fun, and Profitable


 In the News: The Huffington Post ran a story on a study by STIET Co-PI, Professor Michael Wellman and STIET Fellow Elaine Wah that shows high-frequency stock trading is bad for profits, including those of high-frequency traders. Wellman also published an op-ed in TechCrunch about the work.

 40 Under 40! Former STIET fellow, Aniket Gune, has been named a Today Brand Innovators "40 Under 40" winner as one of the most innovative marketers under 40. Aniket is the Director of Social Media Acquisition at American Express, building end-to-end word-of-mouth social programs that drive card acquisition.

 Congrats! Former STIET fellow, Christopher Kiekintveld, has been awarded a CAREER grant for research on strategic decision making using computer gaming models.

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STIET History

Michael Wellman and Kevin LochnerIn 2001, the STIET (Socio-Technical Infrastructure for Electronic Transactions) Doctoral Research and Training Program received a $3.5+ million IGERT grant from NSF to fund doctoral fellowships and a multidisciplinary program in the University of Michigan School of Information, School of Engineering, School of Business and Department of Economics. The STIET 1 grant funded 35 one- or two-year fellows over the next six years and initiated a weekly seminar series, twice yearly research workshops, and research resulting in over 90 student published articles in peer-reviewed journals, conferences and workshops. It is especially notable that nearly all of our students have had at least one peer-reviewed publication by the end of the second year of their PhD studies.

In 2007, STIET received a highly-competitive five-year grant renewal with major innovations including a new leading-edge multidisciplinary research program emerging from our prior work, called incentive-centered design; a new summer research team program for undergraduates from underrepresented groups to stimulate recruiting into graduate programs and to simultaneously enhance our PhD training; and an expansion of the research and training program to Wayne State University to disseminate our training success, and to strengthen our recruiting efforts.

In July 2008, founding STIET director Jeffrey Mackie-Mason became associate dean for academic affairs in the School of Information and SI Professor Yan Chen became STIET director.

STIET Director, Yan Chen, was awarded a Research Experience for Undergraduates Site grant (SES 0755147) to support 10 undergraduates per year for three years under the mentorship of STIET fellows, providing them a valuable training practicum in addition to the exposure the undergraduates receive in incentive-centered design research.