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Pascal Van Hentenryck

Optimisation Research Group Leader
Canberra Research Laboratory

PascalVanHentenryckPascal Van Hentenryck leads the optimisation research group at NICTA (about 50 people) which focuses on disaster management, future energy systems, and supply-chains, and carries out research in continuous and discrete optimisation, decision making under uncertainty, simulation and visualisation, and computational social choice. Prior to that, he was professor of computer science at Brown University for about 20 years.

Van Hentenryck is the main designer and implementor of the CHIP programming system, the foundation of all modern constraint programming systems. During the last 15 years, he developed a number of influential systems, including the Numerica system for global optimisation, the optimisation programming language OPL, and the programming language Comet which supports constraint-based local search, constraint programming and mathematical programming. These systems are described in books published by the MIT Press and have been licensed to industry. His recent research on disaster planning and response has also been deployed to help federal agencies in the United States to mitigate the effects of hurricanes on coastal areas.

Van Hentenryck is the recipient of an NSF Young Investigator award in 1993, the 2002 INFORMS Computing Society (ICS) prize for research excellence at the interface between operations research and computer science, the 2006 ACP award for research excellence in constraint programming, doctor honoris causa degrees from the University of Louvain in 2008 and from the University of Nantes in 2011. He became a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) in 2009 and was awarded the Philip J. Bray Award for Teaching Excellence in the Physical Sciences at Brown University for 2010 and 2011. He is a Ulam fellow at the Center of Nonlinear Studies at Los Alamos in 20011 and 2012. He has given invited talks in many international conferences in artificial intelligence, operations research, optimisation, and programming languages, including IJCAI’97, CP’97, PPDP’99, UAI’06, CP’AI’OR’08, SIOP’08, ECAI’08, NIPS’08, ICAPS’11, and MIC’11. Van Hentenryck also received an IBM faculty award in 2004 and had award-winning papers at CP'2003, CP'2004, ASE'2004, IJCAI'07, and SEDE'09.

Van Hentenryck is the author of five books, all published by the MIT Press, and has written over 230 scientific publications and published in the premier journals of artificial intelligence,  computational biology, numerical analysis, operations research, programming languages, and theoretical computer science. Van Hentenryck has a H-number of 48 or more in Google Scholar, and more than 11,000 citations.

For more info, see his Personal Page.