About Me

Victor PillacOperations research scientist
Melbourne, Australia

I am a data scientist, researcher, and travel enthusiast. I am currently bringing more creativity into the world as Data Scientist at Redbubble, helping hundreds of thousands of artists reach customers around the globe. I was previously Technical Lead at GoEuro, delivering the best online travel experience to millions of users.

I hold a Ph.D. in operations research, also known as “the science of the better”. My main research expertise is in modelling complex real-world systems and developing software to assist stakeholders make better decisions. I am interested in combining data science and optimisation to bridge the gap between big data and decisions support systems.

Aside from developing new algorithms and writing code, I am passionate about communicating to wide audiences. I was the communication coordinator for the NICTA Optimisation Research Group and led the definition of a communication plan, the development of a new website, and attended corporate events and professional conferences.

My research include a decision support system for long-term manpower planning in airline companies,  open-source libraries for dynamic vehicle routing, and algorithms to plan large scale evacuations and ensure the safety of populations under the threat of a disaster. I co-authored 4 publications in high impact journals and 6 peer-reviewed international conferences, and I am co-inventor of 3 patents.

After growing up and studying in France, I spent 2 years studying in Colombia, 3 months in Canada, and 3 years working in Australia. I enjoy living and working in an international context, and can communicate fluently in French, English, and Spanish.

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A few recommendations

Pascal Van Hentenryck, Professor at U. Michigan

Victor is one of my favorite collaborators. He is deep technically, with great communication and leadership skills. Good balance between theory and practice and a great pleasure to work with.

Peter Leihn, Director, Business Development and Commercialisation, CSIRO Data61

Victor is an exceptional team member. He is a top optimisation researcher with a strong business focus. He’s a great problem-solver, communicator and always happy to go the extra mile to make a project succeed.

You can find all my references on my LinkedIn profile.

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