3-4 Dec 2019 At The French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), 3 Rue Michel Ange, 75016 Paris (France)

Michel Balinski


Michel Balinski studied in the United States with graduate degrees from MIT (MSc) and Princeton (PhD). He held professorial positions in mathematics, economics and administrative sciences at Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, the Graduate School of the City University of New York, Yale and Stony Brook University. After he moved to France in 1980, he was appointed Research Director “de classe exceptionnelle” of the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique at the Ecole Polytechnique. He was Director of the Laboratoire d'Econométrie there until his retirement in 1999. 
Michel is the founder and first editor of Mathematical Programming and, having been one of the founders of the Mathematical Optimization Society also served as its president. He is celebrated for, among other things, his work on the diameter of polytopes that arise from the transportation problem and primal-dual algorithms for the matching problem. In voting, he is known for his contributions to the study of electoral systems and notably his two books on fair representation and Majority Judgment. For his contributions he was honored with INFORMS’ John von Neumann theory prize and The Lester Ford prize of the Mathematical Association of America. This conference will be the occasion to overview some of his main contributions in theory and practice.




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