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The Alliance Program announced its 2019-2020 Visiting Professors

The Alliance Program congratulated last December the awarded long-term Alliance Program Visiting Professors for the 2019 - 2020 academic year. Professors will visit for a full academic term, and teach a course, participate in research activities in their host department, present a seminar, and meet students.

The Alliance Program is an innovative partnership between Columbia University, l'X, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, and Sciences Po. The four universities collaborate to develop academic partnerships and exchanges through joint projects, doctoral mobility grants, and student-driven initiatives. Visiting professorships play a crucial role in the development of the scientific and academic collaborations within the Program. This year, four researchers will benefit from Columbia University - École Polytechnique Visiting Professor Program.

Leo Liberti, CNRS Research Director and Professor at the Computer Science Laboratory of l'X, will join the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research of Columbia University in September 2019. Leo Liberti's main research interests are in reformulations in mathematical programming, mixed-Integer nonlinear programming, global and combinatorial optimization, distance geometry and bioinformatics, and complex industrial systems and sustainable development.
Daniel Bienstock, Liu Family Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at Columbia University, will join the Computer Science Laboratory of l'X in spring 2020. Professor Bienstock's teaching and research interests include combinatorial optimization and integer programming, parallel computing and applications to networking. Professor Bienstock has published in journals such as Math Programming, SIAM, and Math of OR.
Michalis Vazirgiannis, Professor at the Computer Science Laboratory of l'X and Head of the Data Science and Mining Team, will join the Data Science Institute of Columbia University in Spring 2020. Michalis Vazirgiannis's current research interests are on Machine and Deep Learning for large Graphs and NLP resources. The highlights of his recent research results include extensions of graph degeneracy for community detection/influence maximization and the Graph of Words approach for text mining tasks.
Wolfram Schlenker, Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, will join the Economics Department of l'X in spring 2020. Wolfram Schlenker is a Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs and the Earth Institute at Columbia University and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He in an environmental economist who has studied the effect of weather and climate on agricultural yields and migration, how climate trends and the US biofuel mandate influences agricultural commodity prices, and how pollution impacts both agricultural yields and human morbidity. He currently serves on the Board of Reviewing Editors at Science.