AI Institute for Advances in Optimization

A team led by Pascal Van Hentenryck, A. Russell Chandler III Chair and professor in Georgia Tech’s H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE), has been awarded a five-year, $20 million grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund the NSF Artificial Intelligence (AI) Institute for Advances in Optimization (AI4OPT). AI4OPT will focus on bringing together the fields of artificial intelligence and mathematical optimization to achieve research breakthroughs in automated decision making that could not be attained separately.

 

Undergraduate Prizes

Congratulations to Mark Lim and Tejas Santanam who won two undergraduate prizes this year. Both Mark and Tejas work in the socially-aware mobility group and are of course phenomenal.

  • Tejas: ISyE Alpha Pi Mu Academic Excellence Award.
  • Mark: IISE Outstanding Senior Award.

Census data release, privacy, and optimization

Check our paper Differential Privacy of Hierarchical Census Data: An Optimization Approach, by Ferdinando Fioretto, Pascal Van Hentenryck, and Keyu Zhu, to be publsihed in Artificial Intelligence. It presents a state-of-the-art algorithm for releasing census data under the framework of differential privacy. Beautiful dynamic program exploiting the structure of the cost function.

Student Recognition of Excellence in Teaching: Class of 1934 Award

I am delighted to receive the Student Recognition of Excellence in Teaching: Class of 1934 Award at Georgia Tech. Back in 2010 when I was at Brown in Computer Science, I received the Philip J. Bray Award for Teaching Excellence. Those awards are incredibly special to me and always remind me how much I personally benefited from some amazing math and CS teachers in high school and college (Gaby and Baudouin, that is for you).