Pascal Van Hentenryck is the A. Russell Chandler III Chair and Professor, and the associate chair of innovation and entrepreneurship in the H. Milton Steward School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also the the director of the NSF Artificial Intelligence Institute for Advances in Optimization.

Research: Van Hentenryck’s research focuses on artificial intelligence and operations research for engineering applications: He explores methodologies that includes large-scale optimization and machine learning and applies them in challenging applications in energy, mobility, supply chains and logistics, privacy, and resilience. In particular, he leads the NSF AI Institute for Advances in Optimization, the Socially-Aware Mobility (SAM) project with a major focus on on-demand multi-modal transit systems, and the RAMC Project whose goal is to study risk-aware market clearing algorithms to integrate large shares of renewable energy. Together with MARTA, he piloted MARTA Reach, an on-demand service to explore the viability of on-demand multi-modal transit systems in Atlanta. Earlier in his career, Van Hentenryck designed and implemented several widely used optimization systems, including the constraint programming language CHIP (the foundation of modern constraint-programming systems) and the modeling language OPL (now an IBM product).

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Teaching: Van Hentenryck has taught undergraduate and graduate classes in computer science (including computer systems, programming languages, and introductory programming), in operations research (discrete optimization, constraint programming, and infrastructure optimization), and in computational biology. He has won the Philip J. Bray Award for teaching excellence in the physical sciences at Brown University in 2010, the Teaching Excellence Award for Online Teaching at Georgia Tech in 2021, and the Student Recognition of Excellence in Teaching: Class of 1934 Award at Georgia Tech in 2021.

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Service: Van Hentenryck was program co-chair (with Zhi-Hua Zhou) of AAAI-19, one of the premier conferences in artificial intelligence.  He is currently an associate editor of Mathematical Programming, the INFORMS Journal of Computing, Artificial Intelligence, the IISE Transactions, SN Operations Research Forum, Constraints, the ACM Transactions on Computational Logic, and the Journal of Heuristics.

Outreach: In 2020, the Seth Bonder Camp was run online together with Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta. In 2021, the camp was run online with KidsTeachTech and Banneker High School among others. In 2022, the Seth Bonder camp was run twice (including with students from Banneker high school, Drew Charter High School, and Westlake High School and accompanied by a teacher camp for high-school teachers from these schools. Van Hentenryck also co-taught a deep learning class with Ms White at Drew Charter high school.