Pranav Dandekar



Postdoctoral Researcher, Stanford University (Sept 2013-present)

  • A Trust-as-a-Service platform for online marketplaces, sharing economy services, and social applications.

  • A social platform to crowdsource government budgets and drive consensus on budget deficits.


  • Stanford University (Sept 2008-Aug 2013)
  • University of Florida, Gainesville (Jan 2003-Dec 2004)
    • Master of Science, Computer Engineering.
  • S. G. S. Institute of Technology & Science, Indore, India (Sept 1998-Aug 2002)
    • Bachelor of Engineering, Computer Engineering.

More Education

  • Stanford University Graduate School of Business (Jan 2014-March 2014)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (August 2012)
  • Stanford University d.School (September 2009)
  • Distance Education Program, IIT Bombay, India (Mar-May 2002)
    • Remotely attended a graduate course on Modern Information Systems.

Academic Honors

Publications/Technical Writings


Past Experience

Summer Intern, Technicolor Research Center, Palo Alto CA (Summer 2011)
Summer Intern, Google Research, Mountain View CA (Summer 2009), Seattle WA (Summer 2004, Feb 2005-Sept 2008)
Research Assistant, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India (Sept-Dec 2002)
Summer Intern, Persistent Systems, Pune, India (Summer 2001)

Teaching Experience

  • Teaching Assistant, Stanford University
    MS&E 239 (Computational Advertising), Autumn 2009, Autumn 2010.
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Florida
    • CGS 3063 (Computers & Modern Society), Spr 2003, Fall 2003, Spr 2004.
    • COP 3530 (Undergraduate Data Structures & Algorithms), Summer 2003.


  • Conference PC: WWW 2015 (Internet Economics and Monetization track), NetSci 2014, WWW 2010 (Demo track).
  • Journal Reviewer: ACM Transactions on the Web (TWEB), Operations Research, and Algorithmica.
  • Conference Reviewer: EC 2014, SODA 2013, STOC 2012, KDD 2009.
  • Conference Organizing Committee: NetSci 2014, WINE 2010, EC 2009.
  • Organizer of the RAIN Seminar at Stanford, 2012-13.
  • Coordinator for the OR PhD Admit Day at Stanford, April 2012.
  • Co-organizer of the Stanford Operations Research Seminar, 2009-2011.


  • Member of the Stanford table-tennis club team, 2012-2013.
  • A check for 0x$2.00 from Don Knuth.
  • Member of the University of Florida team at the ACM Programming Contest, 2003.
  • First prize, Circuit Design Contest at TRYST, a national technical festival organized by IIT Delhi, 2001.
  • Led the University Chess team at the All India Inter-University Chess Tournament, 2000. Led the College Chess team all four years of undergraduate study.