Melis Ilayda Bal

mbal [at] mpi [dash] sws [dot] org


I am a first-year Ph.D. in Computer Science candidate at the CS@max planck program. I work as a doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Tübingen, Germany–in the Learning and Dynamical Systems research group. I received my M.Sc. in Operations Research and B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering with a minor degree in Computer Engineering at Middle East Technical University (METU).

My research interests encompass algorithmic decision-making and multi-agent systems. Within these domains, I am particularly fascinated by the intricate interplay of game theory and stochastic optimization. Previously, I have focused on the intersection of these, in the contexts of reinforcement learning and Bayesian optimization.


Jan 25, 2024 Passed my PhD Qualifying Exam! Thanks to committee members Dr. Michael Muehlebach, Prof. Andreas Krause and Dr. Manuel Gomez Rodriguez.
Dec 18, 2023 Joined Learning and Dynamical Systems Group (LDS) at MPI Intelligent Systems led by Dr. Michael Muehlebach.
Mar 1, 2023 Joined Learning and Adaptive Systems (LAS) - Interactive Learning Group at ETH Zurich & MPI Intelligent Systems led by Prof. Andreas Krause.
Sep 1, 2022 Started CS@maxplanck doctoral program at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems