Modelling for Combinatorial Optimisation

5 credits

Course, Master's level, 1DL451

Autumn 2023 Autumn 2023, Uppsala, 33%, On-campus, English

Autumn 2023 Autumn 2023, Uppsala, 33%, On-campus, English For exchange students

About the course

Combinatorial optimisation problems arise in many fields, for example, design and resource allocation in communication systems, motion planning for autonomous vehicles, verification and synthesis of chip circuits, scheduling of scientific experiments, design of cryptographic substitution functions, design of steel mill slabs, and identification of a minimum set of reactions to synthesise a given molecule. The course teaches the use of tools to solve hard combinatorial optimisation problems by first modelling them in a solver-independent constraint modelling language and then using an off-the-shelf constraint solver, as opposed to designing an (approximation) algorithm from first principles.

The theory and algorithms underlying the constraint solvers used in this course will not be explained in depth, as specialised courses exist for this purpose, hence the course is relevant for students in many research areas, not only computer science, especially nowadays that combinatorial problems become more and more central to many research activities. The modelling and analytical skills that are central to this course are also important on their own and can be applied to other types of problems.