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 current research focuses on artificial intelligence, data science, and operations research with a methodology focus on large-scale optimization and machine learning and applications in energy, on-demand mobility, and privacy among others. Early 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. Every summer, he now teaches the Seth Bonder camp in computational and data science for high-school students. In 2019, Van Hentenryck teaches Constraint Programming (undergraduate), infrastructure optimization (graduate), and supervises two senior design projects.

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, the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, Artificial Intelligence, 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. The dates of the camp are July 22-26, 2019 and the registration will open soon.

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