Daniele Catanzaro

Professor of Discrete Optimization • Center for Operations Research & Econometrics • Université Catholique de Louvain

Short Bio

I am Professor of Discrete Optimization, currently serving as Head of the Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) of the Université Catholique de Louvain.

I graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Palermo, Italy, in 2003. In 2008, I was awarded a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Université Libre de Bruxelles for my research in discrete optimization, network design, and computational phylogenetics, conducted at the Computer Science Department, the Institute of Biology and Molecular Medicine (IBMM), and the Hospital Erasme of the same university. Before joining the Université Catholique de Louvain in 2014, I was a Chargé de Recherches of the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (2009-2013), Visiting Scholar at the Tepper School of Business and the Computational Biology Department of Carnegie Mellon University (2010-2012), and Assistant Professor of Discrete Optimization at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (2013-2014). More recently, I have been invited as a Visiting Professor at the Department of Management at the University Ca’ Foscari of Venice, Italy, in 2018 and again in 2024.

I served as an Associate Editor for Soft Computing from 2021 to 2024, as member of the program committee for ISCO 2024, and as panel member for the Canadian NSERC/CRSNG (calls 2022-2025).


Research Activities

I am a computer scientist and an applied mathematician.

My research interests focus on discrete optimization, search algorithms, massive parallelism, and high performance computing. Specific optimization problems I worked on include: linear, nonlinear and uncertain network design problems, (versions of) the Steiner tree problem, colouring, covering, and partitioning problems, routing problems, (generalised versions of) the traveling salesman and the quadratic assignment problems, and nonlinear inverse problems. I am also particularly interested in specific topics from the area of data compression & encryption, bioinformatics (namely, the development of predictive models for tumorigenesis, genome-wide association studies), and in the combinatorics and computational aspects of molecular evolution and phylogenetics, with special focus on distance methods and balanced minimum evolution.

My research activities have been supported by the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS), the Louvain Foundation, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF), and the European Marie Curie Fellowship Program.

Mathematical Genealogy

Selected & Recent Publications

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Funding Opportunities

One postdoctoral position in Discrete Optimization is currently available at the Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) within the project “Optimizing over unrooted binary trees”. If you’re interested, please contact me.