Chenna Reddy Cotla

Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science
& Department of Computational and Data Sciences
George Mason University
Research I, CSC Suite, Level 3
4400 University Drive, MS 6B2
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: (571) 354-5944
Fax: (703) 993-9298
Office: 3434 Washington Blvd. North
            5th Floor #5012
            Arlington, VA, 22201
Email: ccotla@gmu.edu
Homepage: http://www.chennacotla.org/

Research Interests

Econometrics, Experimental Economics, Agent-Based Modeling, Social Network Analysis, Computational Statistics

Education

Department of Computational and Data Sciences, George Mason University

Ph.D. Candidate, Computational Social Science (expected May 2016)
Dissertation Topic: Heterogeneous Preferences and the Dynamics of Cooperation in Networked Societies: A Dialogue Between Experimental and Computational Approaches
Dissertation Co-Chairs: Robert Axtell, Ragan Petrie
Committee Members: Daniel Houser, Qing Tian

Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Gwalior

M. Tech. in Information Technology, June 2008

Experience

Research Experience

George Mason University, Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science, Graduate Research Assistant, August 2012 - present
George Mason University,Center for Social Complexity, Graduate Research Assistant, June 2010 - August 2012
George Mason University, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, Graduate Research Assistant, September 2009 - May 2010.
University of Genoa, Department of Computer Science, Graduate Research Assistant, February 2009 - June 2009.

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant for Intermediate Microeconomics (Spring 2014), Prof. Marco Castillo, Department of Economics, George Mason University
Teaching Assistant for Intermediate Microeconomics (Spring 2014), Prof. Ragan Petrie, Department of Economics, George Mason University

Research

Work in Progress

Measuring the Preferences of the Poor: Evidence from a Large Randomized Test of Alternative Experimental Methods (with Marco Castillo, Ragan Petrie, and Maximo Torero)
Learning in Linear Public Goods Games: A Comparative Analysis.
Heterogenous Preferences and Dynamics of Cooperation in Networked Public Goods Games: A Dialogue Between Experimental and Computational Approaches (with Ragan Petrie)
Learning and Price Formation in Double Auctions (with Omar Al-Ubaydli, Steven Gjerstad , Michael Price, and Jeffrey Livingston)
Socio-Economic Integration and Academic Performance. (with David Armor and Thomas Stratmann)
Higher Education Differential Along Gender and Socioeconomic Dimensions in India. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2194126

Conference Proceedings

Cotla, C. R. (2011). A memory-based account of the Spatial Prisoner’s Dilemma. In L. Carlson, C. Holscher, & T. Shipley (Eds.), Proceedings of the 33rd annual conference of the cognitive science society (pp. 342−347). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
Cotla, C. R. (2011). Dynamics of cooperation in Spatial Prisoner’s Dilemma of memory-based players. In S. Osinga, G. J. Hofstede, & T. Verwart (Eds.), Emergent results of artificial economics, lecture notes in economics and mathematical systems (pp. 191−200). Springer-Verlag.

Conference and Seminar Presentations

Measuring the Preferences of the Poor: Evidence from a Large Randomized Test of Alternative Experimental Methods, 2013 Regional Economic Science Association Conference, Santa Cruz, CA, October 2013.
Learning in Linear Public Goods Games: A Comparative Analysis, Seminar Series at the Department of Computational Social Science, September 2013.
Empirical agent based models, network topology and public goods games: Does population structure promote cooperation? 2012 Regional Economic Science Association Conference, Tucson, AZ, November 2012.
Cooperation in Spatial Prisoner’s Dilemma of memory-based players, Seminar Series at the Department of Computational Social Science, October 2011.
Dynamics of cooperation in Spatial Prisoner’s Dilemma of memory-based players, 2011 Annual Conference of Artificial Economics, The Hauge, The Netherlands, September 2011.
A memory-based account of the Spatial Prisoner’s Dilemma, 33rd annual conference of the cognitive science society, Boston, MA, June 2011.

Summer Schools & Research Visits

19t h Graduate Workshop in Computational Social Science Modeling and Complexity (GWCSS), Santa Fe Insti- tute, Santa Fe, NM, Summer 2013
2011 Summer School in Social Network Analysis at CASOS, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, Sum- mer 2011
Research visit to Center for Machine Leaning and Soft Computing at DISI, University of Genoa, Italy, Spring 2009

Professional Activities

Member, Economic Science Association, 2012–Present.
Member, Cognitive Science Society, 2011–Present.
Member, Computational Social Sciences of Americas, 2010–Present.

Honors, Awards, & Fellowships

Graduate Student Travel Fellowship to attend 19th Annual Graduate Workshop in Computational Social Science Modeling and Complexity in Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2013
National Science Foundation (NSF) Doctoral Dissertation Award ($21, 646), 2013
Graduate Student Travel Fellowship to attend 2011 Artificial Economics conference in The Hauge, The Netherlands, 2011
Graduate Fellowship for academic excellence from Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), India, 2007-2008
Prathibha Fellowship Award from the State Government of Andhra Pradesh during the undergraduate studies at Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, 2003-2008