Pascal van Hentenryck
Pascal Van Hentenryck leads the Optimisation Research Group (about 75 people) at National ICT Australia (NICTA). He is the recipient of two honorary degrees and is a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. He was awarded the 2002 INFORMS ICS Award for research excellence in operations research and computer science, the 2006 ACP Award for research excellence in constraint programming, the 2010-2011 Philip J. Bray Award for Teaching Excellence at Brown University, and was the 2013 IFORS Distinguished speaker. Van Hentenryck is the author of five MIT Press books and has developed a number of innovative optimisation systems that are widely used in academia and industry. Van Hentenryck's research is currently at the intersection of data science and optimization with a focus on disaster management, energy systems, recommender systems, and transportation.