About Laurence Wolsey

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We are very honoured and proud that Laurence accepted to associate his name with this initiative.
His focus on real-world problems, as well as his constant interest in OR implementations further highlights the value of sharing implementation work. Only then can OR-related research deliver its full potential.


Short Biography

Laurence Wolsey is Professor of Applied Mathematics and Operations Research at CORE (Center for Operations Research and Econometrics) from the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium.
He received a Ph.D. in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969.
His main field of research is mixed integer programming, where he has given fundamental contributions both in theory and computations.
He is author of fundamental textbooks in the domain:

  • ‘Integer Programming and Combinatorial Optimization’ 1988 (with G. L. Nemhauser), a reference for researchers in the area;
  • ‘Integer Programming’ 1998; and the recent
  • ‘Production Planning by Mixed Integer Programming’ 2006 (with Y. Pochet).

He has been visiting researcher in several prestigious Universities, and he has worked with research groups at several companies such as BASF (production planning), France Telecom (multiplexer assignment) and DASH (commercial mixed integer programming systems).

He has been editor of Mathematical Programming.

He has received the Orchard-Hays prize in 1988 from the Mathematical Programming Society (with T.J. Van Roy), the Lanchester Prize in 1989 from the Operations Research Society of America (with G.L. Nemhauser), and the EURO Gold Medal in 1994.

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