I am Léonard, an incoming Assistant Professor in Information Systems and Operations Management at the University of Washington, Foster Business School. I just graduated with my Ph.D. in Operations Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, working with Prof. Dimitris Bertsimas.
My research bridges operations research with machine learning and artificial intelligence, emphasizing multimodal frameworks and data-driven decision tools. I aim to tackle critical healthcare and sustainability challenges by developing robust, explainable models that harness the power of cutting-edge predictive and prescriptive analytics.
As a dedicated educator, I am passionate about mentoring and teaching students at all levels across subjects such as optimization, data science, machine learning, deep learning, and software analytics tools. I am also committed to creating innovative educational materials that leverage generative AI, empowering more people to contribute analytical solutions for a better world. In recognition of my teaching efforts, I have been honored with three teaching awards from MIT, including the Goodwin Medal, the institute's highest teaching accolade for a student.
Outside of MIT, I interned at Google X, the Moonshot Factory, to advance biodiversity monitoring and ecosystem modeling. I was also a Research Intern at Mila, advised by Prof. Yoshua Bengio, and a Visiting Scholar at the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at UC Berkeley.
Broad interests: AI, ML, Optimization
Methodological interests: Big Data Analytics, Robust and Multimodal ML, Time Series Forecasting
Applications: Healthcare, Environmental Sustainability, Analytics for Social Good
PhD in Operations Research
MSc in Applied Mathematics, 2020
Bachelor of Engineering, 2017
Centrale Paris engineering school
Beyond academia, I also pursue my passions as a dedicated naturalist, avid birdwatcher, wildlife photographer, and creative digital artist. You can discover some of my bird photography and AI digital art below and on my Art page!