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Scheduling is critical to manufacturing, mining, and logistics, and is of increasing importance in healthcare and service industries. Most automated systems, ranging from elevators to industrial robots, embed some kind of scheduling algorithms. Building on the Optimisation background provided in Optimisation for Industry, this subject teaches students how to solve more advanced problems. A particular focus will be scheduling problems, but other more general assignment problems will be discussed.
Intended learning outcomes
After completing this subject, students will:
- be able to use advanced mathematical and computing techniques to model scheduling problems;
- know how to develop effective mathematical methods of scheduling;
- learn how to apply such methods in important real-life situations;
- gain the ability to pursue further studies in this and related areas.
In addition to learning specific skills that will assist students in their future careers in science, they will have the opportunity to develop generic skills that will assist them in any future career path. These include:
- problem-solving skills: the ability to engage with unfamiliar problems and identify relevant solution strategies;
- analytical skills: the ability to construct and express logical arguments and to work in abstract or general terms to increase the clarity and efficiency of analysis;
- collaborative skills: the ability to work in a team;
- time-management skills: the ability to meet regular deadlines while balancing competing commitments.
Last updated: 3 November 2022