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L’X researcher named distinguished lecturer in Operational Research

Leo Liberti, CNRS research director in the Computer Science Laboratory (LIX), was named distinguished lecturer by the International Federation of Operational Research Societies on the occasion of his talk at the Triennial International Conference of the Association of Asia, held this past summer in Kathmandu.

On the occasion of the Triennial International Conference of the Association of Asia of Operational Research Societies (APORS 2018) held in Kathmandu this past summer, Leo Liberti, CNRS research director in l’X’s Computer Science Laboratory (LIX) was named IFORS Distinguished Lecturer.

Operations research is a branch of decision science that combines mathematics and computer science to tackle industrial problems. Invented during World War II to plan military operations on the battlefield, this discipline now addresses increasingly complex challenges, of scheduling tasks to planning vehicle routes or optimizing a smart grid.

In the field of operations research, Leo Liberti’s focus is on “mathematical programming.” Working on the boundary of mathematics and data science, he establishes probabilistic methods to resolve problems of large-scale optimization. He and his research team notably contributed to the Sogrid project financed by Ademe to determine the optimal position of sensors on the electrical grid.

This nomination by IFORS awards his career and his many contributions to the field of operations research. “Among the award-winners are all the great pioneers of operations research, recognized figures in the field who established the foundations of the discipline,” he comments, surprised and honoured by the distinction.