I am a Professor at the Université catholique de Louvain and head of the beCool Constraints Group. I am a member of the Louvain School of Engineering and of the Institute for Information and Communication Technologies, Electronics and Applied Mathematics.
My current interest are in Artificial Intelligence, Constraint Programming (CP), Constraint-Based Local Search (CBLS), Optimization, Constraint Satisfaction, Modeling, Consistency techniques, Operational Research, Local search, Search techniques, Heuristics, Applications.
I received an an undergraduate degree in computer science from the University of Namur
(Belgium) in 1983 and a doctoral degree from the same university
in 1987. I also spent one year at Syracuse University (USA),
supported by a BAEF
fellowship, where I got an MS degree in computer science in
1986. I received the IBM Belgium Computer Science Award for
my Ph.D. Thesis on logic program construction. From 1983 to 1991,
my research was supported by the Belgium
National Fund for Scientific Research. In 1991, I came to the
Department of Computing Science and
Engineering of the Université catholique
de Louvain in 1991, as a Professor. I became full
Professor in 2001.
In my sabbatical 2002-2003, I visited the Bioinformatics Research Centre (Department of Computing Science, University of Glasgow), and the Service de Conformation des Macromolécules Biologiques et de Bioinformatique (Université Libre de Bruxelles). In my sabbatical 2009-2010, I visited the Optimization Lab of Pascal Van Hentenryck (Brown University, US).
At UCL, I headed the Commission des programmes informatique as well as the Computer Science department. I am in the editorial board of the Constraint journal, and I am a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Constraint Programming, 2011-2015.