Pascal Van Hentenryck is professor at the Australian National University (ANU) where he holds the Vice-Chancellor Chair in Data-Intensive Computing. He also leads the optimization research group at NICTA (about 60 people). Van Hentenryck is the main designer and implementor of the CHIP programming system, the foundation of all modern constraint programming systems. During the last 15 years, he developed a number of influential systems, including the Numerica system, the optimisation programming language OPL, and the programming language Comet. These systems are described in MIT Press books and have been licensed to industry. His research on disaster planning and response has also been deployed to help federal agencies in the United States to mitigate the effects of hurricanes on coastal areas. Van Hentenryck is the author of five books, all published by the MIT Press, and over 230 scientific publications. He is the recipient of an NSF Young Investigator award in 1993, the 2002 INFORMS Computing Society (ICS) prize, the 2006 ACP award, doctor honoris causa degrees from the University of Louvain in 2008 and from the University of Nantes in 2011. He is a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), the recipient of the Philip J. Bray Award for Teaching Excellence and a 2013 IFORS distinguished lecturer. He was a Ulam fellow at the Center of Nonlinear Studies at Los Alamos in 2011 and 2012. Van Hentenryck also had award-winning papers at CP'2003, CP'2004, ASE'2004, IJCAI'07, and SEDE'09.
Optimization, Disaster Management, Energy and Power Systems, Logistic and Supply Chains, evidence-based policy design, computational social science, Constraint Programming.