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OPERATIONS RESEARCH

CODE 63742
ACADEMIC YEAR 2021/2022
CREDITS
  • 9 cfu during the 3nd year of 8698 ECONOMIA DELLE AZIENDE MARITTIME, LOGISTICA E TRASP.(L-18) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR MAT/09
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 1° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    Operations Research is a discipline included in the class of decision science and management science; therefore, in addition to the basic notions of this subject, the lessons provide professional skills related to Problem Solving and Decision Making in the area of  transport of goods and people.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The aim of the course is to give students the basics of operations research, which are most relevant to the strategic and operational planning of enterprises. Particular emphasis will be given to the field of logistics and transport. The course is aimed at developing optimization models for decision making problems. Main topics: • Overview of the operation research modeling approach • Linear programming and the Simplex method • Duality theory and sensitivity analysis • Network optimization models • Inventory management and supply chain

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The main objective of the teaching is to provide students with the basics of Operations Research that are most relevant to the strategic and operational planning of companies, with particular reference to the logistics and transport sector. The lessons are aimed at providing the skills to develop, solve and analyse optimisation models for solving relevant decision-making problems in the freight and passenger transport sector.

    The expected learning outcomes at the end  are teh following:

    •  ability to analyse a problem, identify the decision variables, the objective and the constraints, typically operational, for achieving it;
    •  ability to formulate, by means of a mathematical model, the optimisation problem associated with the previously analysed problem;
    •  ability to identify the most appropriate solution method and sw environment to determine the solution of the optimisation problem formulated;
    •  be able to tackle the main problems of production planning, service activities, transport planning and network optimisation.

    PREREQUISITES

    The basics of mathematics and economics are taken for granted.

    TEACHING METHODS

     Traditional lectures with the possibility of using the PC in the classroom.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    The aim of the teaching is to give students the basics of operations research, which are most relevant to the strategic and operational planning of enterprises. Particular emphasis will be given to the field of logistics and transport. The lessons are aimed at developing optimization models for decision making problems.
    Main topics:

    • Overview of the operation research modeling approach
    • Linear programming problems: production and transportation planning.
    • The Simplex method and its economic interpretation. Duality theory and sensitivity analysis
    • Network optimization problems. Definition of graphs. Shortest Path Problems. Connectivity problems.
    • Discrete and Boolean optimization problems. Knapsack and  Assignment problems.


     

     

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    • Hillier & Lieberman “Introduction to Operations Research”, McGRAW-Hill. Suggested edition: 2016 (available on-line).
    • Handouts and notes provided by the teacher

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    ANNA FRANCA SCIOMACHEN (President)

    CARMINE CERRONE

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    Sem: I

     

    Class schedule

    OPERATIONS RESEARCH

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Written examination consisting of exercises and questions, possibly followed by an interview.

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    During the course, exercises and case studies will be proposed, possibly to be analysed in groups, in order to verify the effectiveness of learning. Successful exercises will contribute to a (supplementary) assessment in addition to the examination.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    14/12/2021 11:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
    12/01/2022 11:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
    09/02/2022 11:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
    04/05/2022 11:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
    01/06/2022 11:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
    16/06/2022 11:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
    12/07/2022 11:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
    07/09/2022 11:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Attendance

    Suggested but not required