Léonard Boussioux

Assistant Professor of Information Systems & Operations Management

University of Washington, Foster School of Business


Contact: leobix [at] uw.edu 

About me


I am Léonard, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management at the University of Washington, Foster Business School. I completed 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. I am also working on pushing the boundaries of creativity and innovation using Generative AI.

As a dedicated educator, I am passionate about mentoring and teaching at all levels across subjects such as optimization, data science, machine learning, deep learning, generative AI, and software analytics tools. I am also committed to creating innovative educational materials that empower 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 recognition for a student.

Research Experience


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.

Research Interests



MIT, Sloan School of Management & Schwarzman College of Computing

Centrale Paris engineering school 

TEDx MIT: Let Art Be Your Superpower!

Prepare to embark on a groundbreaking journey into the future of artistry! In this TEDx Talk, I explore the transformative power of AI in art and creativity.

TEDx Boston: How to Solve the UN' Sustainable Development Goals in 5 Minutes

In this talk, I encourage everyone to participate in solving the UN Goals with an analytical lens, using machine learning and GenerativeAI with little to no data science expertise, and building collaborations and working with the community for real-world impact.

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!