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TITLE Search and Optimisation Techniques

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Intelligent Computer Systems

DESCRIPTION This study-unit will introduce techniques in Search and Optimisation and includes an introduction to Inductive, Deductive, Supervised and Unsupervised Learning, typical problems that need approximate solutions and can be constructed as search problems, Vector Quantisation and Clustering, Combinatorial Optimisation, Monte Carlo Methods, Genetic Algorithms, Simulated Annealing, Ant Colony Optimisation, and an introduction to Markov techniques.

Study-unit Aims

- Introduce the students to the area.
- Understand different algorithms that can be used to solve typical problems.
- Introduce the theoretical foundations of search and optimisation problems.
- Enable the student to choose algorithms to solve problems.
- Prepare students for a unit in Machine Learning.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Analyse and determine how and why stochastic and approximate methods are required to solve certaint types of problems.
- Implement Search and Optimisation algorithms.
- Identify problems can be tackled using these algorithms.

2. Skills: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Use Search and Optimisation techniques to solve real-world problems.
- Choose the right algorithms to solve problems which may be intractable using other methods or ones that are poorly defined.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

Notes and references given in class.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Study-unit: CSA1017

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 30%
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 70%

LECTURER/S John M. Abela
Alexiei Dingli
Kristian Guillaumier

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