The Optimization and Operational Research PhD programme and areas with opportunity for research
Why Study Optimization and Operational Research in Edinburgh?
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Computational Optimization and Applications
The Optimization and OR group in the School of Mathematics possesses world leading expertise in the solution of very large scale continuous and mixed-integer linear, and continuous quadratic optimization problems. The group has been awarded several EPSRC-funded research projects devoted to developing core optimization methods that led to the development of world class solvers for linear programming using the interior point method. At the UK level, the group has unmatched competences in developing theory and software for solving huge scale problems. Amongst open source systems, the performance of the group's mixed-integer linear opimization software system, HiGHS, is the best in the world.
People: Miguel Anjos, Skarleth Carrales Escobedo, Sergio Garcia Quiles, Jacek Gondzio, Andreas Grothey, Akshay Gupte, Julian Hall, Joerg Kalcsics, Ken McKinnon, John Pearson, Lars Schewe, E. Alper Yıldırım
The Optimization and OR group in the School of Mathematics has extensive expertise and experience in modelling optimization problems arising from various applications, developing and implementing problem-specific algorithms, and utilising decomposition methods, interiorpoint methods, advanced numerical linear algebra tools such as preconditioners, and highperformance computing approaches for solving challenging and large-scale optimization problems. In addition, the group is actively involved in general-purpose optimization software development. The research expertise in the group encompasses several facets of continuous optimization, including linear, quadratic, nonlinear, convex, nonconvex, global, PDE-constrained, and stochastic optimization. The research experience includes the development and application of OR methodology for solving optimization problems arising from diverse applications such as data science, energy systems, truss topology design, finance, and wireless networks. In addition, the group members have secured extensive external funding from funding agencies and has strong industrial collaborations.
People: Miguel Anjos, Skarleth Carrales Escobedo, Jacek Gondzio, Andreas Grothey, Julian Hall, Ken McKinnon, John Pearson, E. Alper Yıldırım
Decision Making under Uncertainty
The Optimization and OR group of the School of Mathematics has extensive experience in modelling, analyzing and optimizing real-world problems involving uncertainty. Our group is also one of the leading research groups in the world developing methods to solve the resulting huge scale stochastic optimization problems efficiently, and our members has been funded for various projects by EPSRC and other external organizations to develop fast solution methods for these problems. The research interests of our members also include Gaussian process emulation and Bayesian decision analysis. Our members have actively collaborated with organizations from a wide-variety of sectors, including but not limited to government, service, energy, aviation and telecommunication. The group has strong ties with leading research groups at Heriot-Watt University and London Business School.
People: Burak Buke, Chris Dent, Jacek Gondzio, Andreas Grothey, Akshay Gupte, Ken McKinnon, Lars Schewe
Future Energy Networks
The Optimization and OR group of the School of Mathematics can provide both domain expertise in the modelling and optimization of energy networks, particularly electric and gas networks, as well as the methodological expertise to solve the resulting optimization models in practical applications. The group collaborates with energy researchers across the university via the Energy@Edinburgh initiative. At UK national level members of the group are part of the EPSRC-funded National Centre for Energy Systems Integration. Additionally, our members have led or been involved in numerous other externally funded projects involving the development and application of OR techniques to energy problems. The members of the group have a wide range of experience in modelling different systems’ energy markets, and in optimizing energy networks of different sizes from small-scale local smart grids to national and continental networks. There is also specialist expertise in calibration of large-scale computer models, and in probabilistic security of supply risk modelling.
People: Miguel Anjos, Chris Dent, Andreas Grothey, Ken McKinnon, Lars Schewe
Integer and Combinatorial Optimization
The Optimization and OR group in the School of Mathematics has broad expertise in the modelling and solving of integer and combinatorial optimization problems. Members of the group have had public and private funding, including EPSRC, to work on logistics problems, aircraft cockpit design problems, energy problems, and portfolio optimization problems. Members of the group have worked on both the theory and application of integer and combinatorial optimization: On the theoretical side, the group has experience in cutting plane methods, convexification techniques, and the construction of efficient algorithms both to obtain exact and heuristic solutions. Here, the group has focussed both on mixed-integer linear but also on mixed-integer nonlinear programs. As for applications, the portfolio of the group includes energy, logistics (facility location, network design, supply chain, districting), and healthcare applications (junior doctor allocation, kidney exchange).
People: Miguel Anjos, Sergio Garcia Quiles, Andreas Grothey, Akshay Gupte, Joerg Kalcsics, Lars Schewe