Pascal Van Hentenryck

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 that, 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 is primarily focusing 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.

Potentially Interested Students

The infrastructure optimization lab is currently recruiting outstanding undergraduate and graduate students with a strong background in computer science, electrical engineering, operations research, and transportation to work in a highly dynamic and multi-disciplinary environment. Strong mathematical and programming skills are highly desired. See also the LANL-UM Critical Infrastructure Fellowship and the Seth Bonder undergraduate program.