Peter Stuckey is a Professor in the Department of Computing and Information Systems and NICTA Victoria Research Laboratory at The University of Melbourne.
Prof Stuckey is a pioneer in constraint programming, helping to develop the semantics and one of the earliest systems. He is involved in the G12 project, a software platform for solving large scale industrial combinatorial optimisation problems. The system uses Constraint Programming (CP) to allow problems to be stated simply, and then solved efficiently. Both solution development time and computing time and scalability can be dramatically reduced. Advanced software engineering is used to encapsulate algorithms from several different disciplines, so they can be reused and combined freely. Program development can be accelerated by mapping low level computation back to the problem model enabling the programmer to analyse and improve algorithm behaviour. This research will enable Australian industry to exploit resources more efficiently; it will support more efficient management of complex private and public utilities such as transportation, communication, power and water; and it will support optimal and justifiable strategic decision making and investment.