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As a member of the Operational Research and Optimization group you will also be part of the Edinburgh Research Group in Optimization (ERGO), a wider association which includes academics at the universities of Dundee and Oxford as well as commercial organisations.
Through its regular seminar series, this network provides interaction with a broad array of local and international institutions and industrial bodies interested in the development of operational research and optimization. As a result, you will establish valuable relationships that will help you take your research to its optimum level.
All applicants must meet our general entry and language requirements.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English.
Detailed advice for international students is available here:
If you are not an EU, EEA or Swiss national, you may need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme clearance certificate in order to study this programme.
Our group has as its primary focus the mathematical and computing aspects of optimization. Core technology in optimization is the solution for large sparse linear and quadratic problems, and we are able to provide world-class expertise in the two main solution methods for these: the simplex method and the interior point method. We have interests in global optimization, decomposition methods, parallel computing, industrial applications of optimization and stochastic optimization. Our researchers are currently exploring the following areas:
We have 80 staff members and 80 students.
Our students are assigned two supervisors from the academic staff. As well as working on their research project, students are expected to take part in other regular activities of the School, such as graduate lecture courses, research seminars and colloquia, and the postgraduate colloquium (organised by and for postgraduates).
The Scottish Mathematical Sciences Training Centre runs a series of training courses designed specifically for first-year graduate students of mathematics. Students also have access to a transferable skills programme for further professional development.
Our postgraduate students enjoy excellent facilities, ranging from one of the world’s major supercomputing hubs (EPCC) to generous library provision for research, including the new King’s Buildings Library and the mathematics-focused James Clerk Maxwell Library.
Please see Scholarships and Student Funding Services for information about funding opportunities:
Being part of the Operational Research and Optimization group and ERGO will give you the opportunity to meet and confer with academics worldwide – we are currently interacting with researchers in Italy, Norway, China, France, Spain and Turkey. Two of our visiting professors are world leaders in continuous optimization.
In addition, researchers from our group are regularly invited to give addresses and organise workshops at major optimization conferences, join international conference committees and sit on assessment panels for European grants.
This article was published on Aug 21, 2013