Constraint Programming

Subject 433-633 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2009.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours of lectures, 11 hours of workshops; Non-contact time commitment: 84 hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Mathematical maturity and 4 computer science subjects at the level 3.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

Constraint Programming is used to solve constraint satisfaction problems such as scheduling and allocation, which are of vital importance to modern business. Increasingly the discipline is replacing operations research, as a generic approach to solving management decision problems.

Topics covered include: Constraints: valuations, modelling, constraint satisfaction, other constraint domains, Gaussian elimination, Simplex, other constraint solvers. Constraint simplification, projection and optimization. Finite constraint domains: constraint satisfaction problems, backtracking solvers, node and arc consistency, bounds consistency, generalised consistency methods. Constraint logic programs: user-defined constraints, programming with rules, evaluation, derivation trees, the CLP scheme. Simple modelling: choice, iteration, optimisation. Using data structures: records, lists, binary trees, hierarchical modelling. Controlling search: rule ordering, literal ordering, adding redundant constraints, minimisation. Programming with finite domain constraints: domains, labelling, different problem models. Advanced programming techniques: extending the solver, combined symbolic and arithmetic reasoning, programming optimisation, negation, dynamic scheduling.

Objectives: -
Assessment: Project work of approximately 48-hours undertaken during semester (30%) and one 3-hour written examination at the end of semester (70%).
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On successful completion, students should:

  • be able to build constraint programming solutions to combinatorial problems of moderate complexity;
  • have improved understanding of constraint solving algorithms;
  • be able to reason about the execution behaviour of constraint programs;
  • be able to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution;
  • have a capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning; and
  • have a profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of scholarship.
Notes: Credit may not be gained for both 433-433: Constraint Programming and 433-633: Constraint Programming.
Related Course(s): Master of Software Systems Engineering

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