August 7 & 8, 2017
This two-day boot camp will give an overview of optimization models and solution approaches. It is designed for professionals who routinely encounter optimization models and would like a review of their fundamentals.
Day one will introduce linear programming and integer programming models arising in industrial settings. Participants will learn how to formulate these models, an overview of how they are solved, and receive hands-on experience solving models in Microsoft Excel. The instructor is Andrew Schaefer, Noah Harding Chair and Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics at Rice University.
Day two will consider network models and graph theory. Topics will include shortest path, maximum flow, minimum cost flow models, spanning trees, and topics in graph theory, including applications such as social networks and routing problems. The instructor is Illya Hicks, Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics at Rice University.
Participants should have a rudimentary level of expertise in Microsoft Excel and Matlab.