• USA-2008

      For contributions to the theory of approximation algorithms and mathematical programming.

    Michel Goemans is the Leighton Family Professor of Applied Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a faculty member of MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and of MIT Operations Research Center (ORC). He is currently the Chairman of Applied Mathematics at MIT. He has held an Adjunct Professorship at the University of Waterloo, a Professorship at the University of Louvain and a visiting Professorship at RIMS, Kyoto. His research --- in the areas of discrete algorithms and combinatorial optimization --- has been rewarded by several prizes, in particular the 2000 AMS-MPS Fulkerson Prize and twice the SIAM Optimization prize. He has been an invited speaker at many conferences, including the International Congress of Mathematicians in 1998. He has been on the program committee of several major theoretical computer science conferences, including as chair of the 2003 ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing. He is an ACM Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow and a Sloan Foundation Fellow.