Large-scale optimization for transport & mobility


About this course

The lectures cover an overview of (meta-)heuristic solution techniques for solving large-scale optimization problems arising in transport and mobility. The course discusses constructive heuristics, local search heuristics and mixed-integer programming based heuristics. Part of the lectures are also devoted to case studies, to see how these techniques can be adapted, combined and applied to rich large-scale problems faced in practice

Additional information Tests:
The assignments ask the students to implement and analyze the performance of the discussed methods, testing theknowledge, understanding, and implementation of (meta)heuristic solution techniques for large-scale optimization problems arising in transport and mobility.

The individual assignment assignment provide step-by-step guidance on solving the respective problems. The group assignment allows more freedom, and asks the student
to solve a rich and more practical large-scale optimization problem for which the state-of-the-art does not yet provide solutions.

All assignments require a report to be handed in, and the solution of a given dataset to test the performance and efficiency of the approach.

Learning outcomes

The scale of transport and mobility networks is ever-increasing. This course focuses on exploring the area of optimization methods that are tailored for the large-scale optimization that arise in such applications, with a focus on (meta)-heuristics.  Upon successful completion of this course, students are able to

  • explain and differentiate between common classes of heuristic algorithms,
  • explain the strengths and weaknesses of state-of-the-art meta-heuristics,
  • implement heuristic algorithms in code to solve practical problems in transport and mobility,
  • analyze the performance of heuristic solution methods.

Required prior knowledge

You must meet one of the following collections of requirements

  • Collection 1
  • Completed Final examination Bsc program
  • Collection 2
  • Completed Pre-Master

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  • Start date

    2 September 2024

    • Ends
      27 October 2024
    • Term *
      Block GS1
    • Location
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    • Register between
      15 Jun, 00:00 - 25 Aug 2024
These offerings are valid for students of Utrecht University