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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 applications in energy, mobility, and privacy. Van Hentenryck leads the RITMO project in mobility, trying to re-invent public transit to address the first/last mile problem, congestion, and accessibility issues. He also managed the Grid Research for Good project to develop tools and test cases for the energy sector. Van Hentenryck is also interested in privacy for complex analytic tasks, including optimization and machine learning. 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).

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 Fall 2018, Van Hentenryck teaches Constraint Programming.

Service: Van Hentenryck is currently 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.