Decide different! Public lecture in Uppsala.

Pascal Van Hentenryck

"ICT now has the opportunity to radically change the way we take decisions."

Invited Public Lecture at CP 2013, the 19th International Conference on
Principles and Practice of Constraint Programming

We live in a period where Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) has revolutionized the way we communicate, learn, work, and entertain ourselves. But we also live in challenging times, from climate change and natural disasters of increased intensity to rapid urbanization, pollution, economic stagnation, and a shrinking middle class in Western countries. In this lecture, we argue that ICT now has the opportunity to radically change the way we take decisions as a society, exploiting the wealth of data available to understand physical, biological, business, and human behaviors with unprecedented accuracy and speed. We illustrate this vision with challenging problems in disaster management, energy, medicine, and transportation.

Short bio:

Pascal Van Hentenryck leads the Optimization Research Group at NICTA, whose research focuses on optimization, algorithmic decision theory, logistics and supply chains, energy systems, and disaster management. He is also a professor at the University of Melbourne.

Van Hentenryck is the recipient of two Honorary degrees, the 2002 Informs ICS Award for research excellence at the intersection of operations research and computer, the 2006 ACP Award for research excellence in constraint programming, the 2010-2011 Philip J. Bray Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at Brown University. He is a 2013 IFORS distinguished lecturer and a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artifical Intelligence. Van Hentenryck is the author of five MIT Press books and has developed a number of innovative optimization systems that are widely used in academia and industry. His research on disaster management has been deployed to help federal agencies in the United States mitigate the effects of hurricanes on coastal areas.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 18:00 to 19:15
Aulan (University Hall) Uppsala University Uppsala
Mats Carlsson