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David Kempe

Professor of Computer Science


  • Doctoral Degree, Computer Science, Cornell University
  • Master's Degree, Computer Science, Cornell University
  • Bachelor's Degree, Computer Science, University of Karlsruhe


David Kempe received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2003, and has been on the faculty in the computer science department at USC since the Fall of 2004, where he is currently an Associate Professor.

Research Summary

Primary research interests are in computer science theory and the design and analysis of algorithms, with a particular emphasis on social networks, topics at the intersection of economics and computing, and algorithmic learning questions. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award, the VSoE Junior Research Award, the ONR Young Investigator Award, a Sloan Fellowship, and an Okawa Fellowship, in addition to several USC mentoring awards.


  • 2014 ACM Conference on Economics and Computation Best Paper Award
  • 2014 ACM SIGKDD Test of Time Award
  • 2012 Okawa Foundation Research Grant
  • 2011 ICML 2011 Conference Distinguished Paper Award
  • 2009 USC Parents Council Teaching and Mentoring Award (Honorable Mention)
  • 2009 USC Mellon Award for Excellence in Mentoring
  • 2009 Sloan Research Fellowship
  • 2008 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award
  • 2007 Robert G. and Mary G. Lane Endowed Early Career Chair, VSoE
  • 2007 USC VSoE Junior Research Award
  • 2005 NSF CAREER Award
  • 2004 NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2003 ACM SIGKDD KDD 2003 Best Paper Award
  • Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science
  • SAL 232
  • Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center
  • 941 Bloom Walk, Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 781
Contact Information
  • (213) 740-6438