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Illya V. Hicks

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Illya V. Hicks
BornWaco, Texas
🏡 ResidenceHouston, Texas United States
💼 Occupation
Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics Rice University
❤️ Partner(s)Casmin
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Illya V. Hicks is an American mathematician and operations researcher. He is Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics at Rice University. He is an expert in combinatorial optimization.

Biography[edit]

Hicks was born in Waco, Texas. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in Mathematics, from Texas State University in 1995 and his PhD in Computational and Applied Mathematics from Rice University in 2000. He joined the faculty of Texas A&M University, where he was first an Assistant and then Associate Professor, from 2000-2006. He became a faculty member in Rice University's Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics in 2007, where he is currently Professor.

Contributions[edit]

Hicks has made many original contributions as a mathematician in the conjunction of combinatorial optimization and graph theory, and in matroids. He has recently made ground-breaking contributions in the use of graph decomposition techniques, specifically branch-decomposition to solve NP-complete problems, including resolving a 20-year-old conjecture about the branchwidth of graphic matroids. Hicks has also applied mathematics to problems in cancer treatment, social networks and network design.

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2005, Hicks won the Optimization Prize for Young Researchers, a prize awarded by the Optimization Society of INFORMS. He won his second INFORMS prize in 2010, when he was given the Forum Moving Spirit Award, to recognize his outstanding work as a forum volunteer who has been "moving spirits" in their forum. His contributions to mentoring students at Rice University were celebrated by receiving a 2015 Rice University Presidential Mentoring Award.

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