The COL Lab, based with us at the school of computer science, is set to deliver a NATCOR Course Online. NATCOR (A national Taught Course Centre in Operational Research) is a UK-based programme to deliver courses for PhD students. NATCOR is approved by the UK OR Society, the Association of European OR Societies (EURO), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and the Smith Institute for Industrial Mathematics and System Engineering. The University of Nottingham in one of the founding partners and the COL Lab (formerly ASAP) has been delivering one of the six courses since NATCOR started. Now from the 22nd to the 26th of June 2020, COL will again deliver the course 'Heuristics and Approximation Algorithms', this time fully online due to covid-19 restrictions. The Nottingham course has always been one of the most popular NATCOR courses and for 2020 we will welcome 70 participants from 19 different countries and 42 different organisations (most of them Universities but some businesses too). The Nottingham course covers the main techniques for heuristic (local search, meta-heuristics, multi-objective heuristics, hyper-heuristics, evolutionary algorithms) and approximation algorithms as well as an insight into complexity theory, automated algorithm design, big data science and machine learning in the context of heuristic optimisation. If you want to find out more about NATCOR please visit the website.
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