I am an associate lecturer and postdoctoral researcher (research fellow) at the University of Melbourne in Australia, working closely with Professors Peter J. Stuckey, James Bailey, Rao Kotagiri, Christopher Leckie, and Dr Jeffrey Chan. I received my PhD from the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) under the supervision of Priv. Dozent Dr Nysret Musliu. My main expertise lies in solving combinatorial optimisation problems through the use of constraint/integer programming, metaheuristics, and the combination thereof. An example of such problems is to design algorithms to generate high-quality timetables for high schools based on the curriculum, resource availability, personal preferences, and pedagogical requirements.
I have a broad interest in these types of problems, both from the implementation, theoretical, and application side. Recently, I have been working on improving the anytime performance of discrete optimisation, such as constraint programming and maximum satisfiability, by developing techniques inspired by local search algorithms. Moreover, I am analysing the notion of resilience for discrete optimisation, i.e. computing solutions that are resilient to unexpected changes in the problem definition. Since my employment at the University of Melbourne, I have started researching the applicability of discrete optimisation for machine learning, as well as the tight integration of the two.
- Hosting Jeremias Berg together with Prof Stuckey for three months from October-December!
- Back from CP’18.
- First place in the MaxSAT Evaluation 2018 in the incomplete weighted 300 seconds track with my LinSBPS solver!
- Attended CPAIOR’18, AAMAS’18, and the workshop Pragmatics of SAT.
- Back to Melbourne from a five-week research visit to AIST in Tokyo! I was invited by Dr Nicolas Schwind.
- My paper “Solution-Based Phase Saving and Large Neighbourhood Search” written in collaboration with Prof. Stuckey was accepted at CP’18!
- Tias Guns visited us for three months from April-June.
- On the market from September 2019 – I am looking for positions!