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Topic in Depth - Mathematical Optimization (6)

Some of the most fundamental problems in engineering, science, and mathematics would take the most powerful computer in the world several lifetimes to find an optimal solution.

However, near-optimal solutions to many of these problems have been discovered thanks to various methods of mathematical optimization. This Topic in Depth looks at some optimization techniques and the areas to which they have been applied.


 
NEOS Wiki
 
Argonne National Laboratory hosts an online guide to some of the most well known optimization problems and algorithms. People who are new to the subject can find a wealth of introductory material in the Optimization Tree section, and several applications are illustrated with interactive demonstrations in the Case...

 
A New IFORS Initiative
 
Optimization has roots in operations research, and this collection of tutorials from IFORS Educational Research Committee covers many topics within OR. A fun applet requires the user to place as many queens on a chess board as possible without any two being in direct line-of-sight, and an accompanying discussion shows...

 
Retrospective on OptimizationPDF
 
Two chemical engineering professors at Carnegie Mellon University are the authors of Retrospective on Optimization, a fairly comprehensive paper chronicling the history of optimization problems and the development of solution methods. The 51-page document is divided into two main parts; the first outlines some of the...

 
Architectural Layout Design OptimizationPDF
 
This joint effort between architecture and mechanical engineering researchers at the University of Michigan applied geometrical and topological optimization techniques to building floorplan layout. In the course of their research, they developed an optimization tool that is briefly described and can be downloaded from...

 
Optimization Online
 
Optimization Online is one of the best sources for current research papers and reports on the topic of optimization. This repository receives numerous submissions each month, and papers can be browsed by data added or category. In addition to searching for articles on the site, visitors can also subscribe to the...

 
e-Optimization.com
 
An informational meeting place for anyone interested in optimization software. Conduct an "application search" to find case studies, press articles, and vendors about the use of optimization in industries ranging from aerospace and apparel to sports and transportation. Read and watch interviews of optimization...


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