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 artificial intelligence, data science, and optimization to challenging problems in transportation, energy systems, computational social science, and disaster management. He is primarily focusing on
- the RITMO project in urban mobility;
- the Grid Research for Good (GRG) project in energy;
- the study of social influence in online markets.
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.
Van Hentenryck is a Fellow of INFORMS (the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science) and AAAI (the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence). He has been awarded two honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Louvain and the university of Nantes, the IFORS Distinguished Lecturer Award, the Philip J. Bray Award for teaching excellence in the physical sciences at Brown University, the ACP Award for Research Excellence in Constraint Programming, the ICS INFORMS Prize for Research Excellence at the Intersection of Computer Science and Operations Research, and an NSF National Young Investigator Award. He received a Test of Time Award (20 years) from the Association of Logic Programming and numerous best paper awards. Van Hentenryck has given plenary or semi-plenary talks at the International Symposium on Mathematical Programming, the SIAM Optimization Conference, the Annual INFORMS Conference, the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, and many other conferences.
Seth Bonder Camp in Computational and Data Science
We run the Seth Bonder summer Camp in Computational and Data Science for middle- and high-school students every summer at the University of Michigan. The camp does not assume any computational skills and introduces computational skills through applications in social science, biology, and medicine. Basic techniques in computational social science, computational biology, machine learning, and optimization are covered. See the pictures of the 2017 edition.
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.