37798 - Operations Research Lab

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

Building the ability to develop a mathematical model of real world situations. Solving the model via market software.

Course contents

  • Linear models
  • Feasibility region and its properties in 2D
  • Integrality constraints
  • Linear relaxation
  • Sensitivity analysis
  • The transportation model
  • Developping real world models
  • Non linearities and removal
  • From logic to algebra
  • Linear approximation of non linear situations
  • Simulation
  • Overbooking


H.P. Williams, Model Building in mathematical programming, Wiley

Teaching methods

  • Lectures
  • Usage of linear modelling software
  • Usage of simulation instruments

Assessment methods

Examination on site: oral examination with the possibility to show practically, at the computer, the acquired knowledge.

Examination on line: traditional oral examination

Graduation of the votes:

  1. sufficient topic knowledge and modelling capability. Correct language: 18-22
  2. correct topic knowledge and modelling capability, Correct language: 23-26
  3. in deep knowledge of the topics. Ability to criticize. Good modelling capability: 27-29
  4. in deep knowledge of the topic. Ability to criticize and connect. Good modelling capability: 30-30L

Teaching tools

Excel, Lingo

Office hours

See the website of Massimo Spadoni