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Optimization is a common form of decision making, and is ubiquitous in our society. Its applications range from solving Sudoku puzzles to arranging seating in a wedding banquet. The same technology can schedule planes and their crews, coordinate the production of steel, and organize the transportation of iron ore from the mines to the ports. Good decisions in manpower and material resources management also allow corporations to improve profit by millions of dollars. Similar problems also underpin much of our daily lives and are part of determining daily delivery routes for packages, making school timetables, and delivering power to our homes. Despite their fundamental importance, all of these problems are a nightmare to solve using traditional undergraduate computer science methods.
This course is intended for students interested in tackling all facets of optimization applications. You will learn an entirely new way to think about solving these challenging problems by stating the problem in a state-of-the-art high level modeling language, and letting library constraint solving software do the rest. This will allow you to unlock the power of industrial solving technologies, which have been perfected over decades by hundreds of PhD researchers. With access to this advanced technology, problems that are considered inconceivable to solve before will suddenly become easy.
Watch the course promotional video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hc3cBvtrem0&t=8s...

Jul 27, 2019

Thank you so much for the course. I had to fight my coding habits, programming CP models is quite different from the traditional programming I'm, and it could even be more fun!

Sep 02, 2019

I recommend this course for any one starts constraint programming. It is easy to understand but I think it is required logic background.

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par Clot J

•May 30, 2019

Good teachers. They go gradually from very easy to challenging concepts. Also a good intro to the main optimization problems.

par Vítor R

•Apr 28, 2019

I've never been more engaged in a MOOC!!

par Arnaud L R

•Dec 04, 2018

This course is very well done. The story gives a fun context to the exercices. The exercices allows one to really start to understand how important modeling is and how to do it, they are so well calibrated that I wonder if they were generated by a solver :-)

par Jaye H

•Jan 06, 2019

This course was amazing! Far more interesting, entertaining, and educational than I was expecting to find. There's a trailer for this course, which indicates how well-produced it is and how much effort has been put in to make this more than just dry lecture material. The course-creators have done an amazing job with this one; if you are a beginner with any interest in optimization or constraint programming then this is the course for you.

par Gabriel D d A

•Feb 25, 2019

Ótimo curso para introdução a otimização discreta, tive dificuldades nas tarefas, mas boa parte devido a minha falta de atenção. Diferente de outros corretores, o Feedback do MinZinc funcionou muita bem!

par Cameron D

•Mar 09, 2019

Great course, provided a nice introduction to discrete modelling

par Julien E

•Aug 23, 2018

Excellent course ! Great programming assignments using Minizinc

par Mikhail S

•Sep 22, 2018

Great course, but huge gap in difficulty between weeks two and three, as it seemed to me. Knowledge given by course is applicable both for a work and a hobby for me.

par Dominik T

•Feb 17, 2018

Terrific course

par Ajit C B

•May 21, 2018

excellent course!

par jerome

•Oct 29, 2017

Interesting & fun

par Juan L R A

•Sep 26, 2017

A very good course. Thank you to the teachers and Staff in general.

par Cristina P

•Feb 18, 2018

Really engaging. Also challenging assignments for weeks 3 and 4

par Duany D B S

•May 30, 2017

It's a great course! Professors explain the content in a easy way!

par Tino W

•Nov 26, 2017

It's a fun course and can be applied on many optimization problems in the real world.

par Kenny T

•Feb 15, 2017

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par Daniel V

•Jan 27, 2018

Wonderful. It changes the way of solving problems.

par Michael J F

•Jan 02, 2018

Fantastic course -- highly recommended!

par Carlos V

•Feb 12, 2017

"Basic Modeling for Discrete Optimiation" is an excellent course for anyone interested in optimization models, improving their problem-solving skills and have a nice challenge.

The explanations and examples are fantastic and all these complemented with the utilization of MiniZinc, which make the course so much natural in comparison to other optimization tools.

Highly Recommended 5/5.

par Justin F

•Jun 17, 2018

Challenging, but easy enough to be fair.

par Thiago O P

•Jan 21, 2017

Amazing course, amazing material and amazing lessons. For everyone interested in Discrete Optimization MiniZinc is a must know technology and this course does an amazing introduction with lots of different applications.

par Stefano N

•Mar 11, 2017

Excellent course. The high level modeling language that is presented is very powerful and relatively simple to use. Maybe a couple of more lecture specifically dedicated to the modeling languange itself would allow easier kick-in to the course.

par Carlos A

•Nov 16, 2017

Different teaching way and really interesting course

par Juan C G V

•Jan 06, 2018

Enjoyable and challenging. Great professors and TAs. Excellent introduction to modeling and declarative programming. If you want to learn programming with constraints definitely I recommend this course.

par Gilles L

•Aug 31, 2017

Really interesting course with challenging assignment!

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