• Application Deadline
  • 14 days
    Duration
Nowadays, everyone is talking about the tremendous opportunities offered by “big data” and all kinds of analytics. To really make the difference, though, you need to be able to turn data and analytical insights into better managerial decisions – and that requires rigorous quantitative tools. 

About

  • This course delivers those tools, introducing you to the most successful models and algorithms from operations research (OR), including (integer) linear optimization, network optimization, stochastic optimization and heuristics. 
  • Not only do you learn some of the beautiful but basic mathematics behind them, but during computer practicals you gain hands-on experience with up-to-date software applied to practical cases in such domains as logistics and revenue management. The course will enable you to recognize and exploit opportunities for mathematically supported decision making and can help prepare you for an MSc in Operations Research. 

At the end of this course, you:

  • Can model a practical optimization problem into an appropriate mathematical formulation.
  • Can solve the mathematical model using advanced optimization software.
  • Have a knowledge of network optimization problems and the algorithms to solve them.
  • Have a knowledge of optimization theory and integer linear programming techniques 
  • Can model uncertainty in operational systems as a stochastic process. 
  • Can simulate a stochastic process using simulation software. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 14 days
    • Duration description
      3 August to 17 August
  • Credits
    3 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Specific topics include: 

  • The world of optimization, considering both deterministic and stochastic problems (that is, with and without data uncertainty). 
  • Modelling optimization problems using powerful tools such as integer programming. 
  • Some insights into the theory that drives the effectiveness of these tools. 
  • The use of optimization software, such as Matlab, Python, and Gurobi.
  • Algorithms for key problems in network optimization, such as finding the cheapest tour through a network. 
  • Understanding stochastic processes like Markov chains to model uncertainty in operational systems. 
  • Queueing models and queueing networks. 

Audience

Students and professionals in the field of Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics or Quantitative Business Studies.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

    Schedule TOEFL®
  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

Advanced Bachelor/Master, open to PhD staff and professionals
  • Motivation letter. Please make sure to describe your motivation for the specific course(s) you apply for: Why this topic? How will the course contribute to your future (academic) career? (250-500 words) 
  • Curriculum Vitae/Résumé
  • Transcript of records (a printscreen of your most recent grades is sufficient)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1150 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1150 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 14 days.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1150 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1150 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 14 days.
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Living costs for Amsterdam

  • 1000 - 1500 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

VU Amsterdam Summer School offers  three kinds of scholarships: the Academic Scholarship, the Photographer Scholarship and the Vlogger/Videographer Scholarship.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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