Probably all of us, in private and work situations, try to find the best possible solution to problems. I could for example be searching for the best wines for a gourmet dinner, looking for the quickest way home, finding the least costly stock investment, or even trying to find the best design for an airplane wing. In Latin, optimum is a conjugation of optimus, which in turn is a superlative for bonus, which means good. Optimization is about finding the best solution, given certain prerequisites or constraints.

In statistics, chemistry, biology, finance, geometry, operations research, and many other areas we come across problems classified as optimization problems. Often, optimization is the better half of simulation. Even though optimization problems differ; they all share the objective of either minimizing or maximizing a function under given constraints. Dependent on the specific objective function being optimized and the given constraints, you have different problem types that differ both in hardness and when it comes to suitable solution methods.

The Third Norwegian Winter School on eScience will provide an introduction to a variety of subfields of optimization. We will focus on the computational aspects and also discuss examples of applications taken from the eVITA target areas. The goal is to provide the participants with basic knowledge of optimization and a familiarity with problem classes and solution methods.

The main themes are:

All lectures will be given in English.

List of lecturers:

The program is found here.

The deadline was December 7, 2008. Online registration!

The participants are expected to stay at Dr. Holms Hotel, where we have reserved a limited number of rooms. Please register early. NB! The registration is binding after the deadline.

Published October 23, 2008

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