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Development of high performance discrete optimization solving technology
Development of high-level modelling languages for discrete optimization
Multi-agent path finding problems and extensions
Hybrid approaches to solving discrete optimization

1986 …2022

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Professor Peter J. Stuckey is a Professor in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University, and project leader in the Data61 CSIRO laboratory. Peter Stuckey is a pioneer in constraint programming, the science of modelling and solving complex combinatorial problems. 

His research interests include: discrete optimization; programming languages, in particular declarative programming languages;  constraint solving algorithms; bioinformatics; and constraint-based graphics.
He enjoys problem-solving in any area, having publications in e.g. databases, timetabling, and system security, and working with companies such as Oracle and Rio Tinto on problems that interest them.

Peter Stuckey received a B.Sc and Ph.D both in Computer Science from Monash University in 1985 and 1988 respectively.
In 2009 he was recognized as an ACM Distinguished Scientist. In 2010 he was awarded the Google Australia Eureka Prize for Innovation in Computer Science for his work on lazy clause generation. He was awarded the 2010 University of Melbourne Woodward Medal for most outstanding publication in Science and Technology across the university. In 2019 he was elected as a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Computer Science, Ph.D., MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 21 Sep 1988

Computer Science, B.Sc (Hons), MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 1 Mar 1985

Research area keywords

  • Constraint Programming
  • Discrete Optimization
  • Programming Languages
  • Logic Programming
  • Path Planning
  • Program Analysis and Transformation
  • Bioinformatics


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