The first touch point with the university was when I graduated there, long ago. My second job after graduation was for AGR Dynamics a supply chain software firm. That’s where I met Hlynur Stefansson and Eyjolfur Ingi Asgeirsson. We worked together and became friends, around 2000-2005. Hlynur and Eyjolfur both left AGR to pursue their PhD. degrees abroad, but we stayed in touch. After graduation, they both started their academic careers at the RU and are still there.”
Hlynur and Eyjolfur are two of the most brilliant minds in the field of engineering and AI you will find here in Europe. Hlynur received his PhD in Engineering from Imperial College London. He focused on optimizing production planning and scheduling for the pharmaceutical industry in collaboration with Actavis. He's now an associate professor at Reykjavik University and the director of the Sustainability Institute. Hlynur has also been a visiting scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the University of Genoa.
As for Eyjolfur, he earned his PhD in Operations Research from Columbia University, where he worked on research in scheduling and optimization with some of the top academics in the field. He's a professor at Reykjavik University. Eyjolfur specializes in AI, teaching graduate-level courses in data mining, machine learning, and AI.
“Having them onboard equips us with the talent we need to become industry leaders in AI and automation software development”. We plan to have a significant impact on this sector,” “utilizing research and academia in practice - blending theory, research with practicality. This has benefited PLAIO tremendously in the past, and will do so in the future.”
In the past year, three students who did final thesis work in their MSc studies in RU in collaboration with PLAIO have now become full-time employees. Sara Arnadottir was hired to lead PLAIO’s Coplanner program; she did her final thesis in collaboration with PLAIO on AI assistance in planning. Andri Sveinn Ingolfsson, who was hired as a developer, did his MSc program in collaboration with PLAIO on plan optimization. Hildur Guðjónsdóttir did her MSc thesis in plan optimization in 2021 and graduated that spring. She did a stint at Deloitte as a manager but became part of the PLAIO management team in January 2023.