APP MTH 7072 - Optimisation
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code APP MTH 7072 Course Optimisation Coordinating Unit School of Mathematical Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites MATHS 1012 Assumed Knowledge Knowledge of linear programming such as would be obtained from APP MTH 2105 and basic computer programming skills such as would be obtained from COMP SCI 1012, 1101, MECH ENG 1100, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, C&ENVENG 1012 Course Description Most problems in life are optimisation problems: what is the best design for a racing kayak, how do you get the best return on your investments, what is the best use of your time in swot vac, what is the shortest route across town for an emergency vehicle, what are the optimal release rates from a dam for environmental flows in a river? Mathematical formulations of such optimisation problems might contain one or many independent variables. There may or may not be constraints on those variables. There is always, though, an objective: minimise or maximise some function of the variable(s), subject to the constraints. This course will examine nonlinear mathematical formulations, and will concentrate on convex optimisation problems. Many modern optimisation methods in areas such as design of communication networks, finance, etc, rely on the classical underpinnings covered in this course.
Topics covered are: One-dimensional (line) searches: direct methods, polynomial approximation, methods for differentiable functions; Theory of convex and nonconvex functions relevant to optimisation; Multivariable unconstrained optimisation, in particular, higher-order Newton's Method, steepest descent methods, conjugate gradient methods; Constrained optimisation, including Kuhn-Tucker conditions and the Gradient Projection Method.
Course Coordinator: Professor Anthony Roberts
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Understand the complexities of, and techniques for solving, nonlinear optimisation problems.
- Apply suitable algorithms to one- or multi-dimensional optimisation problems.
- Understand the theoretical framework underlying the techniques presented in class.
- Implement computer code for the algorithms as studied in class and critically analyse and interpret the results.
- Demonstrate skills in communicating mathematics orally and in writing.
- Demonstrate the ability to work in a group applying the theory developed in this course.
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- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
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- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
5,6 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
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- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
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5,6 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesAccess to the intranet.
Recommended ResourcesEdwin K.P. Chong and Stanislaw H. Zak. An Introduction to Optimization. 3rd edition. John Wiley & Sons, 2008. doi: 10.1002/9781118033340
Online LearningAll assignments, tutorials, handouts and solutions, where appropriate, will be made available on MyUni as the course progresses.Recordings of lectures will generally be available on MyUni following each lecture.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe lecturer guides the students through the course material in 36 classes. Students are to engage with the material in the classes and in private study. Interaction with the lecturer and discussion of any difficulties that arise during the lecture is encouraged. Students are expected to participate in all lectures. Frequent small homework assignments will promote staged active learning. Fortnightly assignments help students strengthen their understanding of the theory and their skills in applying it, and allow them to gauge their progress. Small open-ended projects aim to facilitate developing investigative and integrative analytical skills.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Activity Quantity Workload Hours Lectures 36 94 Homework TBA 12 Assignments 7 50 Total 156
Learning Activities Summary
- Single variable optimisation: Introduction, Dichotomous and Golden section searches, unbounded searches Quadratic approximation, DSC algorithm, Newton's method
- Unconstrained multi-variable optimisation: introduction to unconstrained problems, Convexity, theorems for minimality and descent methods, Steepest descent on quadratics, Conjugate gradient method, Fletcher-Reeves algorithm
- Constrained convex optimisation: introduction to constrained optimisation, Linear constraints, Lagrange multipliers, KKT conditions, Generalisations of KKT conditions, orthogonal projection, Gradient Projection algorithm
- Non-convex optimisation: introduction to non-convex optimisation; methods from Simulated Annealing, Genetic Algorithms, Monte Carlo optimisation
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Assessment task Task type Weighting Learning outcomes Examination Summative 70% All Assignments Formative and summative 30% All
Assessment Related RequirementsAn aggregate score of at least 50% is required to pass the course.
Assessment item Distributed Due date Weighting Assignment 1 Week 1 Week 2 4% Assignment 2 Week 3 Week 4 4% Assignment 3 Week 5 Week 6 4% Assignment 4 Week 7 Week 8 4% Assignment 5 Week 9 Week 10 4% Assignment 6 Week 11 Week 12 4% Homework / Project ongoing ongoing 6%
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- Late assignments will not be accepted without a medical certificate and a request prior to the due date.
- Assignments normally have a one week turn-around time for feedback to students.
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