Outline for SFWR ENG 4TE3 - COMP SCI 4TE3 (6TE3), Term I, 2018-2019
The course introduces formulations, algorithms, and engineering and science applications of continuous optimization. The applicability of the introduced algorithms and their computational performance are presented.
Introduction to Optimization:
- Generic frame of optimization algorithms
- Elementary convex analysis
- Classification of continuous optimization problems
- Derivative-free (black-box) algorithms
- Line-search methods
- Gradient methods
- Newton and trust region methods
- Algorithms based on conjugate directions
- Linear optimization:
- Pivoting algorithms
- Interior point methods
- Convex quadratic optimization
- General nonlinear optimization problems:
- Duality theory
- Reduced gradient methods
- Barrier methods
Learning objectives, indicators, and rubrics
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