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About the Course

Optimization is a common form of decision making, and is ubiquitous in our society. Its applications range from solving Sudoku puzzles to arranging seating in a wedding banquet. The same technology can schedule planes and their crews, coordinate the production of steel, and organize the transportation of iron ore from the mines to the ports. Good decisions in manpower and material resources management also allow corporations to improve profit by millions of dollars. Similar problems also underpin much of our daily lives and are part of determining daily delivery routes for packages, making school timetables, and delivering power to our homes. Despite their fundamental importance, all of these problems are a nightmare to solve using traditional undergraduate computer science methods. This course is intended for students interested in tackling all facets of optimization applications. You will learn an entirely new way to think about solving these challenging problems by stating the problem in a state-of-the-art high level modeling language, and letting library constraint solving software do the rest. This will allow you to unlock the power of industrial solving technologies, which have been perfected over decades by hundreds of PhD researchers. With access to this advanced technology, problems that are considered inconceivable to solve before will suddenly become easy. Watch the course promotional video here:

Top reviews


Nov 7, 2020

Excellent course! I learned a lot. Although the assignments were sometimes hard to fathom, and its online nature mean getting hints was difficult, there's enough there to help get through.


Jul 26, 2019

Thank you so much for the course. I had to fight my coding habits, programming CP models is quite different from the traditional programming I'm, and it could even be more fun!

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By Juan L R A

Sep 26, 2017

A very good course. Thank you to the teachers and Staff in general.

By Duany D B S

May 29, 2017

It's a great course! Professors explain the content in a easy way!

By Diego E P M

May 5, 2023

Great course about discrete optimization modeling with MiniZinc.

By Cameron D

Mar 9, 2019

Great course, provided a nice introduction to discrete modelling

By Julien E

Aug 23, 2018

Excellent course ! Great programming assignments using Minizinc

By Cris P

Feb 18, 2018

Really engaging. Also challenging assignments for weeks 3 and 4

By Diego P R

Feb 8, 2021

I really enjoyed all the course, and learned a lot of course.

By Abdrakhmanov V

Feb 12, 2021

It was pretty hard for me, but very interesting and useful!


Dec 5, 2019

It has amazing knowledge, and both instructors are funny.

By Jiayi W (

Jan 13, 2020

Got some hand-on experience with constraint programming.

By Gilles L

Aug 31, 2017

Really interesting course with challenging assignment!

By Carlos A

Nov 16, 2017

Different teaching way and really interesting course

By Daniel V

Jan 27, 2018

Wonderful. It changes the way of solving problems.

By Kenny C

Nov 15, 2020

Great Course. Learning a lot with the exercises.

By jquaranta

Jun 12, 2020

Very informative and interesting. I recommend it.

By Giorgio R

Mar 3, 2024

Very good quality of both lectures and homeworks

By Munasinghe A B J R

Feb 17, 2020

Great course with an interesting story line

By Valon K

Aug 16, 2020

it really made me ready for the next step

By Andrew S

Aug 11, 2020

Awesome, exactly what I was looking for!

By Justin F

Jun 17, 2018

Challenging, but easy enough to be fair.

By Michael F

Jan 2, 2018

Fantastic course -- highly recommended!

By Ahmed H A H

Jul 1, 2022

A Challenging and Interesting Course

By Xiaoyuan C

Dec 8, 2020

Very interesting, challenging!

By claude c

Aug 19, 2017

Nothing but great!

By henri b

Feb 27, 2023

très intéressant!