Who we are
LocalSolver is the flagship product of the company Innovation 24, which provides expert services and products in business analytics and optimization. Its offer in operations research (OR) and decision support covers consulting, prototyping, development, integration, maintenance. Its experts cumulate outstanding skills in mathematical modeling, optimization, forecasting, data analysis, simulation, expert systems and business rules. The team, originally working in the research & innovation corporate department of Bouygues, namely the Bouygues e-lab, is recognized since 15 years in both industry and academic worlds to develop breaking real-life OR applications and to drive innovation in OR techniques and methodologies.
The research and development on LocalSolver is conducted in partnership between Innovation 24 and Marseille Computer Science Laboratory (LIF), a joint research unit of Aix-Marseille University and the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS).
Created in 1952, Bouygues is a diversified industrial group with a strong corporate culture. Its businesses focus on two sectors: Construction with Bouygues Construction (building, civil works, energy and services), Bouygues Immobilier (property) and Colas (roads), and Telecoms & Media with TF1 and Bouygues Telecom. In 2015, the group had over 127,000 employees, generating €32 billion in revenue and €400 million in net profit.
With about 70,000 students and 7500 employees, Aix-Marseille University is one of the French largest universities. Organized around 5 main campuses in Aix-en-Provence and Marseille, the university hosts 129 research laboratories.
CNRS is the largest governmental research organization in France and the largest fundamental science agency in Europe with 26,000 employees. The CNRS is active in all fields of science research with more than 1,100 research units.
Our team is passionate about algorithmics and computer programming. Our expertise in the field of operations research and mathematical optimization was recognized individually or collectively by several prizes and awards. Working as a service company since 20 years, we have a strong experience in the practice of operations research and the engineering of high-end optimization software.
Thierry Benoist — VP Services
Since 2000, Thierry has been in charge of many OR projects leading to operational softwares in the Bouygues Group. Graduated from École Polytechnique (1998), he holds a PhD in computer science from Avignon University (2004). Having resulted in several papers in top OR journals, his research in applied combinatorial optimization have been distinguished: 2005 Doctoral Prize for Innovative Applications by French Information Technology Society, 2006 Robert Faure 3rd Prize awarded every 3 years by French Operations Research Society (ROADEF) to young deserving OR researchers, finalist of 2012 EURO Excellence in Practice Award.
Julien Darlay — R&D
Graduated in computer and software engineering, Julien received a PhD in computer science from Grenoble University (2011) for his theoretical and applied research on logical analysis of data. He has distinguished himself in several international OR competitions (2nd Junior Prize of ROADEF 2009 Challenge, 3rd Senior Prize of ROADEF 2010 Challenge).
Bertrand Estellon — R&D
Bertrand is associate professor in computer science at Aix-Marseille University. He received a PhD in computer science from Aix-Marseille University (2007). Expert in the engineering of high-performance local-search algorithms, he won several international OR competitions (1st Junior and Senior Prize of ROADEF 2005 Challenge, 2nd Senior Prize of ROADEF 2007 Challenge). He has published a dozen of papers in highly-selective international journals and conferences at the interfaces of discrete mathematics, computer science and operations research.
Frédéric Gardi — VP Products
Frédéric conducts OR projects since 15 years in various business areas, from banking to heavy industry. He holds a PhD in computer science from Aix-Marseille University (2005). Expert in the engineering of high-performance local-search algorithms, he won several international OR competitions (1st Junior and Senior Prize of ROADEF 2005 Challenge, 2nd Senior Prize of ROADEF 2007 Challenge, ROADEF 2011 1st Prize for Industrial Applications). He has published a dozen of papers in highly-selective international journals and conferences at the interfaces of discrete mathematics, computer science and operations research. In 2012, he was the recipient of the Robert Faure 1st Prize, awarded every three years by ROADEF to a young deserving OR researcher, and finalist of the EURO Excellence in Practice Award. He is president of the French Operations Research Society (ROADEF).
Romain Megel — R&D
Graduated in computer and software engineering from École des Mines de Nantes (2010), Romain interests and expertise cover a broad range of topics in information technology, from theory to practice: software design, programming languages, operating systems, databases, networks, web technologies, graphical user interfaces, parallel computing, scientific computing.
Clément Pajean — R&D
Clément is graduated from the French top engineering school ENSTA ParisTech (2014) and holds a MSc in Operations Research from Paris-Saclay University. Clément has earned his first stripes in renowned OR departments of major French corporations like Air France-KLM (airlines) and ENGIE (energy).