Pascal Van Hentenryck

Professor, University of Michigan

Pascal Van Hentenryck is the Seth Bonder Collegiate Professor at the University of Michigan. He is Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, and Core Faculty in the Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS). Prior to this, he led the optimization research group (about 70 people) at National ICT Australia (NICTA), and was a professor of Computer Science at Brown University for about 20 years.

Van Hentenryck’s current research is in infrastructure optimization, applying data science and optimization to challenging problems in transportation, energy systems, and disaster management. He currently focuses primarily on the RITMO project in urban mobility and the Grid Data for Good (GDG) project in energy. In the past, his research focused on optimization and the design and implementation of innovative optimization systems, including the CHIP programming system (a Cosytec product), the foundation of all modern constraint programming systems; the Numerica system; the optimization programming language OPL (now an IBM Product); and the programming language Comet (with Laurent Michel). Van Hentenryck has also worked on computational biology, numerical analysis, and programming languages, publishing in premier journals in these areas.

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