MSc Multidisciplinary Optimisation - 2012
|Programme Title||Multidisciplinary Optimisation|
|School/Department||School of Computer Science|
|Length of Programme||1 years|
|Awarding Institution||The University of Birmingham|
|QAA Benchmarking Groups||Computing|
Educational Aims Of Programme
- This distinct programme covers the field of optimisation from a highly multi-disciplinary point of view. It includes mathematical programming methods, heuristic optimisation as well as metaheuristic optimisation. It treats optimisation holistically and provides the students with a unique set of skills that neither computer science nor mathematics could provide easily.
- Some (not all!) examples of the topics include linear and nonlinear programming, mixed integer programming, conic programming, heuristic optimisation, meta-heuristic optimisation (evolutionary optimisation, ant colony optimisation, tabu search, simulated annealing, ...), constraint handling, multi-objective optimisation, dynamic optimisation, machine learning, data analysis, etc.
- Not only will students learn about the technical knowledge, they will also get opportunities to apply them and gain first-hand experiences through project work. They will have opportunities to apply what they have learned to solve problems in different fields, and this will allow them to specialise according to their strength and interest.
- The programme emphasises transferable skills and has incorporated a research skills module. It will also reinforce such skills through project work. We expect the students either to move into industry or to continue their postgraduate studies (towards PhD) after they have completed this degree.
Programme Outcomes and Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategies
Knowledge and Understanding
- Mathematical programming methods.
- Heuristic optimisation methods.
- Meta-heuristic optimisation algorithms
Skills & Other Attributes
- To formulate a complex optimisation problem.
- To solve optimisation problems using appropriate methods.
- To communicate technical and mathematical material clearly.
- It is not intended to admit students to PGCert and PGDip programmes, although these qualifications will be available to students who have met the minimum requirements given in University Regulations.