Terrence W.K. MAK (麥偉強)

Terrence W.K. Mak is currently a Research Associate in the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan. He has just finished his PhD study in the Research School of Computer Science, The Australian National University (ANU). His PhD work was mostly funded and performed in NICTA, which later merged with Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to become Data61.

His PhD and post-doc supervisor is Prof. Pascal Van Hentenryck, who had become the Seth Bonder Collegiate Professor in the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan in 2015. He decided to move from Australia to join his supervisor in the same department a few years ago, and now works primarily in the Grid Data for Good project (GDG) under his supervisor.

His research journey

He first started his research journey in 2009 on the area of constraint programming, under his undergraduate and Master supervisor Prof. Jimmy Lee at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He worked primarily on the area of weighted constraint satisfaction (WCSPs) and quantified constraint satisfaction (QCSPs). He then later worked as a Research Assistant in the same department and gaining experience in distributed constraint satisfaction (DisCSPs/DCOPs).

In 2013 March, he started his PhD with Prof. Pascal Van Hentenryck in the Department of Computing and Information Systems, University of Melbourne and primarily working in the NICTA Victoria Lab. In his second year of study, he followed his supervisor and switched to the Australian National University in Canberra and affiliated with the NICTA Canberra Lab. In 2015, his supervisor decided to return to the U.S. and became the Seth Bonder Collegiate Professor in the University of Michigan. He continues working with his supervisor, and had become a visiting scholar in the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering in Nov 2015 - Aug 2016. After finishing the first draft of his thesis, he decided to move back to Ann Arbor in Feb 2017. He is now a Research Associate in the same department with his supervisor.

His general research interest lies in constraint modeling and optimization on energy problems, and had experience in applying techniques from the area of operations research and constraint programming to domain applications in power transmission systems and natural gas transmission systems. He had experiences in constraint programming (CP), mixed-integer programming (MIP), and nonlinear programming (NLP), and currently exploring the space of optimal control problems on various energy domains.

Education & Research Position

Feb 2017 - now: Research Associate, Industrial & Operations Engineering in University of Michigan

Nov 2015 - Aug 2016: Visiting Research Scholar, Industrial & Operations Engineering in University of Michigan

October 2014 - April 2018: Doctor of Philosophy, NICTA Canberra Lab/Data61 & The Australian National University

Mar 2013 - September 2014: PhD candidate, NICTA Victoria Lab & The University of Melbourne

Aug 2011 - July 2013: Research Assistant, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Aug 2009 - Aug 2011: M.Phil, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Aug 2006 - July 2009: B.Sc (1st hon), Chinese University of Hong Kong

Sept 1999 - July 2006: Secondary school (includes high school), St. Joseph's College, 7 Kennedy Road, Hong Kong

Publication

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Terrence W.K. Mak, Lyndon Shi, Pascal Van Hentenryck. Phase Transitions for Optimality Gaps in Optimal Power Flows: A Study on the French Transmission Network, CDC'18, (invited paper) submitted, Miami Beach, FL, U.S., Dec, 2018

Terrence W.K. Mak, Pascal Van Hentenryck, Anatoly Zlotnik, and Russell Bent. Dynamic Compressor Optimization in Natural Gas Transmission Systems, INFORMS Journal on Computing, accepted.
>Runner-Up, 2016 INFORMS Computing Society Student Paper Prize.
>Presented at: INFORMS 2016, IFORS 2017.

Terrence W.K. Mak, Pascal Van Hentenryck, Ian A. Hiskens. A Nonlinear Optimization Model for Transient Stable Line Switching, ACC'17, 2085-2092, Seattle, WA, U.S., May, 2017

Terrence W.K. Mak, Pascal Van Hentenryck, Anatoly Zlotnik, Hassan Hijazi, and Russell Bent. Efficient Dynamic Compressor Optimization in Natural Gas Transmission Systems, ACC'16, 7484-7491, Boston, MA, U.S., July, 2016

Hassan Hijazi, Terrence W.K. Mak, Pascal Van Hentenryck. Power System Restoration With Transient Stability, AAAI'15, 658-664, Austin, Texas, U.S., January, 2015

Arnaud Lallouet, Jimmy H.M. Lee, Terrence W.K. Mak, Justin Yip. Ultra-Weak Solutions and Consistency Enforcement in Minimax Weighted Constraint Satisfaction, Constraints, Volume 20, Issue 2, 109-154, April, 2015.

Terrence W.K. Mak, Carleton Coffrin, Pascal Van Hentenryck, Ian A. Hiskens, and David Hill. Power System Restoration Planning with Standing Phase Angle and Voltage Difference Constraints, PSCC'14, Wroclaw, Poland, August, 2014

Jimmy H.M. Lee, Terrence W.K. Mak, and Yuxiang Shi. A General Privacy Loss Aggregation Framework for Distributed Constraint Reasoning, ICTAI'13, 979-986 , Washington DC, USA, November, 2013

Patricia Gutierrez, Jimmy H.M. Lee, Ka Man Lei, Terrence W.K. Mak, and Pedro Meseguer. Maintaining Soft Arc Consistencies in BnB-ADOPT+ During Search, CP'13, pages 365-380, Uppsala, Sweden, September, 2013

Jimmy H.M. Lee, and Terrence W.K. Mak. A Value Ordering Heuristic for Solving Ultra-Weak Solutions in Minimax Weighted CSPs, ICTAI'12, pages 17-24, Athens, Greece, November, 2012

Arnaud Lallouet, Jimmy H.M. Lee, and Terrence W.K. Mak. Consistencies for Ultra-Weak Solutions in Minimax Weighted CSPs Using the Duality Principle, CP'12, pages 373-389, Québec City, Canada, October, 2012

Jimmy H.M. Lee, Terrence W.K. Mak, and Justin Yip. Weighted Constraint Satisfaction Problems with Min-Max Quantifiers, ICTAI'11, pages 769-776, Florida, USA, November, 2011

Summer/Winter School

Grid Science Winter School 2015, by Center for Nonlinear Studies (CNLS), Los Alamos National Laboratory, at Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.

Short-term Research Visit & Collaboration

Jan, 2015; Mar, 2016. Center for Nonlinear Studies (CNLS), Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Sept, 2014; June, 2015; Nov, 2016. Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Hong Kong.

Adacemic Service

Journal Reviewer: INFORMS Journal on Computing, IEEE Power Engineering Letters, Artificial Intelligence Review

Conference reviewer: CP 2013, AAAI 2015, IJCAI 2015, PSCC 2016, PSCC 2018

PhD Thesis

Terrence W.K. Mak. Optimizing Nonlinear Dynamics in Energy System Planning and Control, PhD thesis, Australian National University

Master Thesis

Terrence W.K. Mak. Quantified Weighted Constraint Satisfaction Problems, Master thesis, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Teaching Assistant Experience at Chinese University of Hong Kong

Object-oriented Programming (MITE6102):
Fall 2012

Principles of Programming Languages (CSCI3180):
Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011

Combinatorial Search and Optimization with Constraints (CSC5240):
Fall 2009

Awards & Scholarships

(INFORMS CS Society) Runner-Up, 2016 INFORMS Computing Society Student Paper Prize.

(NICTA Canberra, PhD) NICTA award (APA & top-up): 2014 Oct - now

(University of Melbourne) Melbourne International Research Scholarship: 2013 Oct - 2014 Sept

(University of Melbourne) Melbourne International Fee Remission Scholarship: 2013 Mar - 2014 Sept

(NICTA Victoria, PhD) NICTA top-up award: 2013 Oct - 2014 Sept

(NICTA Victoria, PhD) NICTA award: 2013 Mar - 2013 Oct

(CUHK Master) Best TA Award: 2010-2011

(CUHK Bachelor) Dean's List: 2007-2008,2008-2009

(CUHK Bachelor) HK Computer Society Scholarship 2008-2009

(CUHK Bachelor) Mr. & Mrs. Chin F. Foin Memorial Scholarships

My photographic hobby

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Australian National Botanic Garden Best
Lake around Governor House

Contact

E-mail:

Business phone no:

UMich: +1 (734) 546-2377

UMich Office:

Infrastructure optimization lab,
Department of IOE,
The University of Michigan.

Postal address:

1205 Beal Avenue,
IOE - University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
48109-2117, USA

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