Getting started with FICO Xpress Optimization for teaching optimization classes

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You are, or plan on, teaching Optimization or Operations Research?

 

FICO Xpress Optimization contains two main components, an algebraic modeling and programming language (Xpress-Mosel) and the Xpress Solver engines. FICO Xpress Optimization also includes integrated development environments (Xpress Workbench or Xpress-IVE (which, in addition to being an IDE, provides analysis tools and charts/graphs of importance for operations researchers).

 

We will provide you with unrestricted versions of FICO Xpress Optimization for you and your staff/post-graduates for research and teaching and a size restricted version for students to install on their laptops (Windows only).

 

The first thing you want to do is to sign-up to the Academic Partner Program at Request for Academic Partner Program

(If you have been a member and want to renew, go to Renewal for Academic Partner Program)

 

Next step is to create a login to the FICO community at Sign up – FICO Analytic Cloud and request access to the teacher pages by navigating to APP Professors Welcome and requesting access.

 

To familiarize your audience with Xpress Mosel and it's concepts, we suggest to start with a Mosel Tutorial which takes about 2-2.5 hours. It includes all the  Mosel Example Files and data and even handouts for your students at Mosel Tutorial handout

 

To learn optimization modeling, you can access a Syllabus for a course "Modeling with Mosel" based on the book "Applications of Optimization with Xpress".

The course layout is organized in several units: the first (8-10 hours) unit gives the necessary foundations and should be taught at the start of the course. The other units are formed around themes. They build on the first unit but are largely independent of each other. The teacher may make a choice among these units according to the background and interests of the students. The folder also contains all Examples

 

Besides the teacher community, we also host a student community Xpress Student Community

It provides them with access to the student material and a forum for exchange.

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