• Disaster management algorithms
  • Disaster management software
  • Infrastructure and national security
  • Optimisation (Combinatorial optimization)
  • Optimisation Software
  • Smart Grids and Smart Buidlings



  • Pascal Van Hentenryck is professor of computing and information systems at the University of Melbourne and the leader of the Optimization Research Group at NICTA. He has been Assistant (1990), Associate (1995), and full professor (2000) of computer science at Brown University. He started his career at the European Computer-Industry Research Center (ECRC), where he was 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 for global optimization, the optimization programming language OPL, and the programming language Comet which supports constraint-based local search, constraint programming and mathematical programming. These systems are described in books published by the MIT Press and have been licensed to industry. His recent 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. Pascal is the recipient of an 1993 NSF National Young Investigator (NYI) award, the 2002 INFORMS ICS Award for research excellence at the interface between computer science and operations research, an IBM Faculty Award in 2004, the 2006 ACP Award for Research Excellence in Constraint Programming, He received the title of Doctor Honoris Causa from the university of Louvain in 2008 and from the University of Nantes in 2011, became AAAI Fellow in 2009, was awarded the Philip J. Bray Award for Teaching Excellence in the Physical Sciences at Brown University for 2010-2011, and received a Ulam fellowship from the Center of Nonlinear Studies at Los Alamos. He has given invited talks in many international conferences in artificial intelligence, operations research, optimization, and programming languages, including IJCAI'97, CP'97, PPDP'99, UAI'06, CP-AI-OR'08, SIOP'08, ECAI'08, NIPS'08, ICAPS'11, and MIC'11. P   


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Namur 1987

Awards and honors

  • Not in List, 2012
  • Doctorate Honoris Causa, 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 Artificial Intelligence, 2009
  • Doctorate Honoris Cause, University of Louvain, 2008
  • Best Paper Award, IJCAI 2007, 2007
  • Research Excellence Award, Association of Constraint Programming, 2006
  • IBM Faculty Award, 2004
  • Best Paper Award, CP 2003, 2003
  • INFORMS ICS Prize for Research Excellence, 2002
  • NSF Young Investigator Award, 1993