Tuomas Sandholm is Professor at Carnegie Mellon University in the Computer Science Department, with affiliate professor appointments in the Machine Learning Department, Ph.D. Program in Algorithms, Combinatorics, and Optimization (ACO), and CMU/UPitt Joint Ph.D. Program in Computational Biology. He is the Founder and Director of the Electronic Marketplaces Laboratory. He has published over 450 papers. He has built optimization-powered electronic marketplaces since 1989, and has fielded several of his systems. In parallel with his academic career, he was Founder, Chairman, and CTO/Chief Scientist of CombineNet, Inc. from 1997 until its acquisition in 2010. During this period the company commercialized over 800 of the world's largest-scale generalized combinatorial multi-attribute auctions, with over $60 billion in total spend and over $6 billion in generated savings.
He is Founder and CEO of Optimized Markets, Inc., which is bringing a new optimization-powered paradigm to advertising campaign sales and scheduling - in TV (linear and nonlinear), Internet display, streaming (video and audio), mobile, game, radio, and cross-media advertising.
His algorithms run the UNOS kidney exchange, which includes 69% of the transplant centers in the US. Since the founding of the exchange in 2010, the algorithms have autonomously made the kidney exchange transplant plan for all the participating centers together.
He has developed the leading algorithms for several general classes of game. The team that he leads is the multi-time world champion in computer Heads-Up No-Limit Texas Hold’em poker, the leading benchmark and challenge problem in the field. Their Libratus became the first and only AI to beat top humans at that game. He is Founder and CEO of Strategic Machine, Inc., which provides solutions for strategic reasoning under imperfect information in a broad set of applications ranging from poker to other recreational games to strategic multi-item pricing, auctions, strategic product portfolio optimization, business strategy, negotiation, finance, political campaigns, and steering evolution and biological adaptation—such as for medical treatment planning and synthetic biology. He is Founder and CEO of Strategic Machine, Inc., that is taking the technology to applications in military, security, intelligence, and cybersecurity.
He served as the redesign consultant of Baidu’s sponsored search auctions and display advertising markets; within two years Baidu’s market cap increased 5x to $50 billion due to doubled monetization per user. He has served as consultant, advisor, or board member for Yahoo!, Google, Chicago Board Options Exchange, swap.com, Granata Decision Systems, and others. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in computer science and a Dipl. Eng. (M.S. with B.S. included) with distinction in Industrial Engineering and Management Science. Among his many honors are the NSF Career Award, inaugural ACM Autonomous Agents Research Award, Sloan Fellowship, Carnegie Science Center Award for Excellence, Edelman Laureateship, Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence, and Computers and Thought Award. He is Fellow of the ACM, AAAI, and INFORMS. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Zurich.