Optimisation for engineering applications – a hands-on introduction for beginners

February 13th, 2014, Published in Articles: EngineerIT

SACAC (South Africa Council for Automation and Control) will be holding a workshop on “Optimisation for engineering applications – a hands-on introduction for beginners” on 3 April 2014 at at the University of the Witwatersrand, School of Electrical and Information Engineering, Chamber of Mines building, from 08.30 to 16h00.  

The scope of the the mathematical optimisation is a powerful tool to solve design, control, or communications problems. Mathematical optimisation finds the best solution by choosing variables under constraints: How do I maximise the throughput in my plant? How do I minimise energy consumption? However, optimisation methods are often not taught at undergraduate engineering level. This course aims at filling the gap by giving an introduction to optimisation problem formulation, applications and methods with hands-on implementation using the platform GAMS. The generic algebraic modelling system (GAMS) is specifically designed for modelling linear, nonlinear and mixed integer optimisation problems. Optimisation with other software tools such as Matlab will also be discussed.

This short course is aimed at engineers who are faced with optimisation problems in their work environment and who want to translate the problems in a mathematical framework with hands-on implementation. Workshop attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptop computers and download the demo version of GAMS software from the website www.gams.com.

Note: One CPD point will be awarded.

Presenters: Brian Wigdorowitz, associate professor at the University of the Witwatersrand; Otis Nyandoro, senior lecturer in control systems at the University of the Witwatersrand and  Margret Bauer, a principal scientist at ABB Corporate Research in Ladenburg, Germany, and currently a lecturer in Johannesburg on control and automation systems.

Workshop fees: SACAC members: R1,200; non-members: R1,550; students: R500. Invoices will be sent to delegates.

Contact Jean McKenzie,  Tel 011 726 5300,  jeanmck@jcci.co.za





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