The 20th International Conference on
Principles and Practice of
Constraint Programming
Lyon, France
8-12 September 2014

Free Public Lecture

World Class Uppsala

Wednesday, 18 September 2013, 18:00-19:15. University Hall (Aula), Uppsala University

Pascal Van Hentenryck

Decide Different!

We live in a period where Information and Communication Technologies
(ICT) has revolutionized the way we communicate, learn, work, and entertain
ourselves. But we also live in challenging times, from climate change and
natural disasters of increased intensity to rapid urbanization, pollution,
economic stagnation, and a shrinking middle class in Western countries. In
this lecture, we argue that ICT now has the opportunity to radically change
the way we take decisions as a society, exploiting the wealth of data
available to understand physical, biological, business, and human behaviors
with unprecedented accuracy and speed. We illustrate this vision with
challenging problems in disaster management, energy, medicine, and
transportation.

Short bio:

Pascal Van Hentenryck

Van Hentenryck leads the Optimization Research Group at NICTA,
whose research focuses on optimization, algorithmic decision theory,
logistics and supply chains, energy systems, and disaster management.
He is also a professor at the University of Melbourne.

Van Hentenryck is the recipient of two Honorary degrees, the 2002
Informs ICS Award for research excellence at the intersection of
operations research and computer, the 2006 ACP Award for research
excellence in constraint programming, 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 Artifical 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. His research on disaster management has been deployed to
help federal agencies in the United States mitigate the effects of
hurricanes on coastal areas.

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