International Workshop on Matching Under Preferences

MATCH-UP is a series of interdisciplinary and international workshops on matching under preferences. The remit of these workshops is to explore matching problems with preferences from the perspective of algorithms and complexity, discrete mathematics, combinatorial optimization, game theory, mechanism design and economics, and thus a key objective is to bring together the research communities of the related areas. Another important aim is to convey the excitement of recent research and new application areas, exposing participants to new ideas, new techniques and new problems.


Matching problems with preferences occur in widespread applications such as the assignment of school-leavers to universities, junior doctors to hospitals, students to campus housing, children to schools, kidney transplant patients to donors and so on. The common thread is that individuals have preference lists over the possible outcomes and the task is to find a matching of the participants that is in some sense optimal with respect to these preferences. There has been a resurgence of activity in this area in recent years, with online and mobile computing opening up new avenues of research and novel, path-breaking applications.

List of topics

The matching problems under consideration include, but are not limited to:


MATCH-UP 2024 will take place in Oxford from 9-11 September 2024.

Previous MATCH-UPs

Previous workshops in the series have occurred as follows:
  1. MATCH-UP 2022, TU Vienna, Austria, 24-26 August 2022 (59 participants, including 5 online)
  2. MATCH-UP 2019, Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland, 26-29 May 2019 (46 participants)
  3. MATCH-UP 2017, Microsoft Research, Cambridge, USA, 20-21 April 2017 (108 participants)
  4. MATCH-UP 2015, University of Glasgow, UK, 16-18 April 2015 (80 participants)
  5. MATCH-UP 2012, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary, 19-20 July 2012 (68 participants)
  6. MATCH-UP 2008, Reykjavík University, Iceland, 6 July 2008 (41 participants)

Guiding principles

Steering Committee

The MATCH-UP Steering Committee is responsible for ensuring the continuity of the MATCH-UP series, and that the above set of guiding principles is adhered to. They will solicit bids from the community to host MATCH-UP workshops and will select venues from among those who have expressed interest. Steering Committee members will not be directly involved in the workshop organisation (unless they themselves are a member of a local organising committee) but will delegate this task to local organising committees, offering advice as and when required.

The Steering Committee members are as follows:

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