Basser Seminar Series

Hybrid Optimization

Speaker: Professor Pascal Van Hentenryck
Australian National University

Time: Wednesday 9 April 2014, 4:00-5:00pm

Location: The University of Sydney, School of IT Building, SIT Lecture Theatre (Room 123), Level 1

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Optimization technology has made substantial progress in the last 15 years, exploiting the synergies between existing methodologies. This talk reviews this progress and, in particular, the emergence of hybrid optimization. Important theoretical developments will be illustrated as well as applications in logistics and supply chains, computational disaster management, and energy systems.

Speaker's biography

Prof. Pascal Van Hentenryck is the leader of the Optimization Research Group (about 60 people) at NICTA, the Australian Center of Excellence for ICT Research. He also holds the Strategic Chair in Data-Intensive Computing at the Australia National University. He is the recipient of two Honorary degrees, the 2002 INFORMS ICS Award for research excellence at the intersection of operations research and computer science, the 2006 ACP Award for research excellence in constraint programming, and the 2010-2011 Philip J. Bray Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at Brown University. He is a 2013 IFORS distinguished lecturer and a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. Van Hentenryck is the author of five MIT Press books and has developed a number of innovative optimization systems that are widely used in academia and industry. He also teaches a massively open online course in Discrete Optimization with Coursera.