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View Resource Retrospective on Optimization

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 most significant advances in the field, and the second looks ahead toward key...

View Resource Architectural Layout Design Optimization

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 a Web site given in the paper.

View Resource Topic in Depth - Mathematical Optimization

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...

View Resource 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 Optimization Online monthly digest and receive updates on all of the new titles and...

View Resource 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 how linear programming can be used to solve this problem; this is one of many...

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