Pascal Van Hentenryck

Associate Chair for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
A. Russell Chandler III Chair


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  • Joint Sc.B. and M.S. Computer Science (1985), University of Namur, Belgium
  • Ph.D. Computer Science (1987), University of Namur, Belgium


Pascal Van Hentenryck is an A. Russell Chandler III Chair and Professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech. Prior to this appointment, he was a professor of Computer Science at Brown University for about 20 years, he led the optimization research group (about 70 people) at National ICT Australia (NICTA) (until its merger with CSIRO), and was the Seth Bonder Collegiate Professor of Engineering at the University of Michigan. Van Hentenryck is also an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University.

Van Hentenryck is a Fellow of AAAI (the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence) and INFORMS (the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science). He has been awarded two honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Louvain and the university of Nantes, the IFORS Distinguished Lecturer Award, the Philip J. Bray Award for teaching excellence in the physical sciences at Brown University, the ACP Award for Research Excellence in Constraint Programming, the ICS INFORMS Prize for Research Excellence at the Intersection of Computer Science and Operations Research, and an NSF National Young Investigator Award. He received a Test of Time Award (20 years) from the Association of Logic Programming and numerous best paper awards, including at IJCAI and AAAI. Van Hentenryck has given plenary/semi-plenary talks at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (twice), the International Symposium on Mathematical Programming, the SIAM Optimization Conference, the Annual INFORMS Conference, NIPS, and many other conferences. Van Hentenryck is program co-chair of the AAAI’19 conference, a premier conference in Artificial Intelligence.

Van Hentenryck’s research focuses in Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, and Operations Research. His current focus is to develop methodologies, algorithms, and systems for addressing challenging problems in mobility, energy systems, resilience, and privacy. In the past, his research focused on optimization and the design and implementation of innovative optimization systems, including the CHIP programming system (a Cosytec product), the foundation of all modern constraint programming systems and the optimization programming language OPL (now an IBM Product). Van Hentenryck has also worked on computational biology, numerical analysis, and programming languages, publishing in premier journals in these areas.

Van Hentenryck runs the Seth Bonder summer Camp in Computational and Data Science for middle- and high-school students every summer. 


Awards and Honors

  • A. Russell Chandler III Chair, Georgia Institute of Technology 2018
  • Seth Bonder Collegiate Professor, University of Michigan 2016
  • Fellow of the INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and Management Science). 2016
  • Richard Newton Research Excellence Award, NICTA. 2015
  • Test of Time Award (20 years): Association of Logic Programming. 2014
  • IFORS Distinguished Lecturer, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 2013
  • Ulam Fellow, Center for NonLinear Studies, Los Alamos. 2012
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, the University of Nantes 2011
  • Philip J. Bray Award for teaching excellence in the physical sciences, Brown University. 2010
  • Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artifical Intelligence (AAAI). 2009
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Louvain, Belgium. 2008
  • ACP Award for Research Excellence in Constraint Programming 2006
  • IBM Faculty Award. 2004
  • INFORMS Computing Society (ICS) Award for research excellence at the intersection of computer science and operations research. 2002
  • NSF National Young Investigator Award 1993