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Advanced Topics of Operational Research

Name of the Curricular Unit: Advanced Topics of Operational Research

Lecturer: Carlos Henggeler ( 


Provide the students advanced methodological competences in operational research, with focus on meta-heuristic approaches to deal with complex optimization problems (of combinatorial nature and multiple objective functions).Linear programming with multiple objective functions. Fundamental concepts. Vectorial optimization theory. Scalarizing functions. Interactive methods. Integration of interactive methods.

Meta-heuristics in optimization problems. Tabu search. Simulated annealing. Genetic algorithms. Applications in engineering problems.

Decision support in problems with multiple criteria. Methods based on value/utility functions. Methods based on outranking relations.

Evaluation method: 

The evaluation is based on the students participation in the tutorial sessions, final report and a scientific paper.