MAT9120 – Mathematical Optimization
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.
Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.
The course treats selected topics in convexity, optimization and matrix theory. Possible topics include: combinatorial optimization, combinatorial matrix theory, convex analysis, and convex optimization. Usually the version with combinatorial optimization and matrix theory, convexity and polyhedral theory, and also an introduction to polyhedral combinatorics.
After completing this course you will:
- have knowledge of basic convex analysis and combinatorial optimization;
- understand the basic theory of polyhedra and polytopes;
- know basic theory combinatorial matrix theory and network flows;
- be able to develop algorithms, exact and approximate for some types of combinatorial optimization.
Admission to the course
PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.
If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.
PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.
Recommended previous knowledge
- MAT2400 – Real Analysis
- MAT-INF1100 – Modelling and Computations
- MAT3100 – Linear optimization
- MAT-INF3100 – Linear Optimization (continued)
- 10 credits overlap with INF-MAT5360 – Mathematical optimization (discontinued).
- 10 credits overlap with MAT4120 – Mathematical Optimization.
- 10 credits overlap with MAT-INF4110 – Mathematical Optimization (discontinued).
- 10 credits overlap with MAT-INF9110 – Mathematical Optimization (discontinued).
2 hours of lectures each week.
The course may be taught in Norwegian if the lecturer and all students at the first lecture agree to it.
Upon the attendance of three or fewer students, the lecturer may, in conjunction with the Head of Teaching, change the course to self-study with supervision.
Final written exam 4 hours or final oral exam, which counts 100 % towards the final grade.
The form of examination will be announced by the lecturer by 15 October/15 March for the autumn semester and the spring semester respectively.
This course has 1 mandatory assignment that must be approved before you can sit the final exam.
In addition, each PhD candidate is expected to give an oral presentation on a topic of relevance chosen in cooperation with the lecturer. The presentation has to be approved by the lecturer before you can sit the final exam.
It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: MAT4120 – Mathematical Optimization
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed.
Language of examination
Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English.
You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.
Resit an examination
This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more: