Operations research for decision making - Focus area

Operations Research (OR) concerns the use of scientific, often mathematical, methods for planning problems. Originally invented by the military during the second world, it has since spread to large companies and government organisations and been applied there with great success. During the last 20-30 years many advanced types of software has been developed based on OR methods.

OR has been applied in wide range of different industries, e.g. production, transport, telecommunication, shipping, healthcare and education. Today it would eg. be impossible to run a competitive airline without using OR to optimize the use of resources.

A good Operations Researcher have good skills in mathematics, in particular discrete mathematics. Programming experience is a very valuable skill for an Operations Researcher. Because Linear Programming (LP) is the foundation for most of the OR methods, a good understanding of LP is absolutely essential.

Recommended courses

Operations Research and Optimization

Operations Research (OR) uses mathematical modeling, statistics, and optimization to aid problem-solving and decision-making in engineering and business. 

Core competences

02582 Computational Data Analysis 5 point Spring F2B (Thurs 8-12)
02612 Constrained Optimization 5 point Spring F4A (Tues 13-17)
42114 Integer Programming 5 point Autumn E4A (Tues 13-17)

Programme specific courses

42112 Mathematical Programming Modelling 5 point January
42115 Network Optimization 5 point Autumn E4B (Fri 8-12)
42136 Large Scale Optimization using Decomposition 5 point Spring F2B (Thurs 8-12)
42137 Optimization using metaheuristics 5 point Spring F2A (Mon 13-17)


02110 Algorithms and Data Structures 2 5 point Autumn E2B (Thurs 8-12)
02435 Decision-Making Under Uncertainty 5 point Spring F4A (Tues 13-17)
42117 Transport Optimization 5 point Autumn E2B (Thurs 8-12)
42142 Recent Research Results in Management Science 2.5 point Autumn, Spring