PhD Course: Metaheuristics with Applications in Logistics

Lecturers: Graham Kendall, Stefan Voss and Karl Doerner. 6 - 11 February.

Info about event


Monday 6 February 2012, at 08:30 - Saturday 11 February 2012, at 17:00


Fuglesangs Allé 4, room R220, 8210 Aarhus V,

Cluster for Operations Research and Logistics is hosting a PhD course on Metaheuristics from 6-11 February 2012 at Aarhus University, Business and Social Sciences.

The course is equivalent to 5 ECTS points.

The main objective of this course is to give the PhD students a solid knowledge of metaheuristics and their application to problems in logistics. After participating in this course, the PhD students should be able to perform high quality research using metaheuristic tools.

The course will give a thorough study of a number of metaheuristics and the students will be introduced to the state-of-art within the area, e.g. Math heuristics and Hyper heuristics. Various methods for handling problems with multiple objectives will also be explored. Furthermore, practical matters of performing research with the use of metaheuristics will be considered. These include issues such as how metaheuristics are properly compared and how tuning is dealt with. Examples from logistics in the broad sense will be used throughout the course.

The participating PhD students will be asked to give a short presentation of their research topic in relation to the topic of the course.


Graham Kendall, Professor, University of Nottingham,

Stefan Voss, Professor, University of Hamburg,

Karl Doerner, Associate Professor, University of Vienna,

Program Outline

Variable Neighborhood Search
Adaptive Large Neighborhood Search

Ant Colony Optimization
Multi objective methods

Tabu Search and some other (exotic?) metaheuristics

Math heuristics

Hyper heuristics

Evolutionary methods/algorithms

Where and when

The course will take place from Monday 6 - Saturday 11 February 2012 in room R220 at Aarhus University, Business and Social Sciences, Fuglesangs Allé 4, 8210 Aarhus V, Denmark.

Lectures will start at 8.30 on Monday 6 February and end at approx 17.00 on Saturday 11 February.

Participation fee

The participation fee is DKK2500 (EUR350) and covers tuition, lunches and coffee breaks as well as a course dinner.

Participation is limited and we therefore accept registrations on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register no later than 15 December 2011 to Susanne Christensen,

Accommodation and travel

Unfortunately, there is no accommodation on campus. Use the links below for more information on accommodation and travel.

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Cluster for Operations Research and Logistics
Department of Economics and Business

Academic organiser:
Sanne Wøhlk

Administrative organiser:
Susanne Christensen
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