Optimization from fundamentals

By Prof. Ankur A. Kulkarni   |   IIT Bombay
Learners enrolled: 182
This course will cover the topic of Optimization from its fundamentals. It will start with an overview of real analysis and convexity. With this base it will cover linear programming, convex optimization and nonlinear programming, complementarity problems and algorithms for the same. We will end with dynamic optimization.

Mathematics, any engineering and science discipline
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Exam Date : 23 Apr 2022 IST
Category :
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computational Engineering
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Computational Thermo Fluids
Credit Points : 3
Level : Postgraduate

Course layout

Week 1: Introduction to optimization and overview of real analysis
Week 2: Optimization over open sets
Week 3: Optimization over surface
Week 4: Transformation of optimization problems and convex analysis
Week 5: Introduction to linear programming
Week 6: Linear programming and duality
Week 7: Linear programming and duality
Week 8: Nonlinear and convex optimization
Week 9: Nonlinear and convex optimization
Week 10: Algorithms
Week 11: Algorithms
Week 12: Dynamic optimization

Books and references


Instructor bio

Prof. Ankur A. Kulkarni

IIT Bombay
Ankur is an Associate Professor with the Systems and Control Engineering group at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB). He received his B.Tech. from IITB in 2006, M.S. in 2008 and Ph.D. in 2010, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). From 2010-2012 he was a post-doctoral researcher at the Coordinated Science Laboratory at UIUC. His research interests include information theory, the role of information in stochastic control, game theory, combinatorial coding theory problems, optimization and variational inequalities, and operations research. He is an Associate (from 20152018) of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, a recipient of the INSPIRE Faculty Award of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, 2013, Best paper awards at the National Conference on Communications, 2017, Indian Control Conference, 2018, International Conference on Signal Processing and Communications (SPCOM) 2018, Excellence in Teaching Award 2018 at IITB and the William A. Chittenden Award, 2008 at UIUC. He was a consultant to the Securities and Exchange Board of India on regulation of high frequency trading. He has been a visiting faculty at MIT, USA, University of Cambridge, UK, NUS, Singapore and IISc Bangalore.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Bombay.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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