Helena taught a course on Metaheuristics for Combinatorial Optimization at the RMIT, Melbourne, Australia.
The course was financially supported by the ERASMUS+ International Program. Helena would like to thank the program and all the team at the “Servei de Relacions Internacionals” of UPF that have helped in making this course possible.
The course will focus on Metaheuristics applied to Combinatorial Optimization to solve large-scale business problems based on the scientific method. Combinatorial Optimization problems like Routing, Location, and Scheduling problems will be described. Heuristics and metaheuristics algorithms, two relevant methodologies to solve these problems, are presented and explained in detail. It will be also presented some real applications of these problems in different areas as Operations Management, Healthcare, Marketing, Logistics, Supply Chain Management, etc. Finally, it will be discussed several real applications of metaheuristics to solve combinatorial optimization in different businesses as for example Seat, Inditex (Zara), CatLab, Area de Guissona, etc. Continue reading