Distinguished Lectures details

  • Oct 2017
  • Abstract

    The availability of massive data sets, combined with progress in communication technologies, connected and automated vehicles, and analytics, has the potential to revolutionize mobility for entire population segments. This talk reviews this unique opportunity, from its potential societal impact, to the development of new mobility systems, and the computational and data science powering them. In particular, the talk presents recent developments in on-demand multimodal transit systems and ride sharing on real case studies, as well as progress in evidence-based optimization and differential privacy to meet current and future challenges.


    Pascal Van Hentenryck is the Seth Bonder Collegiate Professor of Engineering at the University of Michigan. He is a professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering, a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and a core faculty in the Michigan Institute of Data Science. Van Hentenryck's current research is at the intersection of optimization and data science with applications in energy, transportation, and resilience. He is a fellow of INFORMS, a fellow of AAAI, and the recipient of two honorary degrees. He was awarded the 2002 INFORMS ICS Award for research excellence in operations research and compute science, the 2006 ACP Award for research excellence in constraint programming, the 2010-2011 Philip J. Bray Award for Teaching Excellence at Brown University, and a 2013 IFORS Distinguished Speaker award. He is the author of five MIT Press books and has developed several optimization systems that are widely used in academia and industry. He will be co-program chair of the AAAI conference in 2019.