Course OutlineComputational Methods of Operations
The course will be highly interactive with individual and group assignments
and with intensive computer practice. The students will be offered various
problems and projects to work on during the semester. Some of the projects will
involve the use of certain software packages, while some others will require
coding. In addition, each of the students will be required to solve homework
assignments, mostly programming tasks, and build a home page. Grading will be
based on homeworks and projects.
The course will concentrate on OR modeling and problem solving with AMPL and
MOSEL, mathematical modeling languages geared towards OR problems; on PERL to
realize basic data structures and combinatorial algorithms; on C++ to develop
basic routines, and interface with CPLEX and/or XPressMP; and on HTML,
- Week 1. Basics of OR problem solving, including the analysis of
problem description, specifications and data availability. Selecting and
building the mathematical model. Choosing and/or designing the appropriate
data structures and algorithms. Designing the system, including programs, data
files, and output descriptions. Understanding the environment, the size of the
project, the source of data, possible errors. Planning for testing and
- Weeks 2-3. Project descriptions and assignments. Description of the
general computing environment and the special software packages available for
the students: Workstations and personal computers. The university network.
Mailing and file transfers. Basics and interactive use of languages.
- Week 4. General considerations in program design evaluation:
program development process, program organization, programming details, user
interface, program evaluation, test problems: Randomly generated test problems
vs. bench-mark problems available from data banks via INTERNET v.s real-life
problems (if any).
- Weeks 5-11: Half of the time every week is spent on development
reports of the project work. The other half of the time is devoted to special
computational problems, evaluation and demonstartion of home work codes.
- Weeks 12-13: Final evaluation of project work. Reports on test
problems, laboratory demonstrations.