Optimization Models and Applications

Instructors: A. Bayen

This course offers an introduction to optimization models and their applications, ranging from machine learning and statistics to decision-making and control, with emphasis on numerically tractable problems.

Students will gain familiarity with the mathematical machinery underlying convex optimization, including matrix-vector calculus and fundamental concepts of linear algebra.

The image below shows a graph of the Senators in the 2004-2006 US Senate, that is obtained by solving a specific optimization problem involving the estimation of covariance matrices with sparsity constraints. (For more details, see here.)

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Link to UC Berkeley Schedule of classes: EECS 127 and EECS 227AT

Tentative schedule: here

Final exam: Wed 12/18/19, 8-11AM.