Pascal Van Hentenryck is the A. Russell Chandler III Chair and Professor in the H. Milton Steward School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He led the Optimization Research Group (about 70 people) at National ICT Australia (NICTA) from 2012 until its merger into CSIRO. Van Hentenryck was also a professor of Computer Science at Brown University for about 20 years. He grew up in Belgium and studied at the University of Namur and the European Computer-Industry Research centre in Germany.

Research: Van Hentenryck’s research focuses on artificial intelligence and operations research for engineering applications: He explores methodologies that includes large-scale optimization and machine learning and applies them in challenging applications in energy, mobilityprivacy, and resilience. In particular, he leads the Socially-Aware On-Demand Mobility (SOM) project with a major focus on on-demand multi-modal transit systems in Atlanta. Earlier in his career, Van Hentenryck designed and implemented several widely used optimization systems, including the constraint programming language CHIP (the foundation of modern constraint-programming systems) and the modeling language OPL (now an IBM product). He also led the RITMO project in mobility, trying to re-invent public transit to address the first/last mile problem, congestion, and accessibility issues and managed the Grid Research for Good project to develop tools and test cases for the energy sector. His research on resilience has been deployed to help Federal agencies in several countries.

Teaching: Van Hentenryck has taught undergraduate and graduate classes in computer science (including computer systems, programming languages, and introductory programming), in operations research (discrete optimization, constraint programming, and infrastructure optimization), and in computational biology, as well as a MOOC on Discrete Optimization. Every summer, he teaches the Seth Bonder camp in computational and data science for high-school students. In 2019-2020, Van Hentenryck will teach Constraint Programming (undergraduate), infrastructure optimization (graduate), and supervises senior design projects in mobility.

Service: Van Hentenryck was program co-chair (with Zhi-Hua Zhou) of AAAI-19, one of the premier conferences in artificial intelligence.  He is an associate editor of Mathematical Programming Series B, INFORMS Journal of Computing, the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, Artificial Intelligence, SN Operations Research Forum, Constraints, the ACM Transactions on Computational Logic, and the Journal of Heuristics.

Outreach: Watch this video for the 2019 edition of the Seth Bonder Camp in computational and data science for engineering for high-school students.

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