2 PhD positions in Rigorous Analysis of Local Search
Two PhD Position at University of Twente (UT) and Maastricht University (UM) are available within an NWO project on probabilistic analysis of algorithms, called "Rigorous Analysis of Local Search".
The positions are at the group Discrete Mathematics and Mathematical Programming (DMMP) of UT and at the Operations Research group of the Quantitative Economics department of MU. DMMP currently consists of 12 faculty members. The Department of Quantitative Economics of UM consists of over 20 faculty members, of which 6 are part of the Operations Research group.
Large-scale optimization problems appear in many areas, ranging from engineering over scheduling to the sciences. Unfortunately, for many optimization problems it is unlikely that we can find optimal solutions efficiently. Still, in practice often quite simple local search heuristics succeed in finding close-to-optimal solutions surprisingly quickly. As this is at stark contrast to their theoretically predicted performance, which is usually very poor, the goal of this project is to prove rigorous bounds on the performance of heuristics in the framework of smoothed analysis. Smoothed analysis is a paradigm to analyze algorithms where classical worst-case analysis fails. Although this is still a young field, it has proved to be a successful tool to analyze a variety of algorithms. Therefore, it will be the right framework to understand why simple local search heuristics show such a remarkable performance. We will not only analyze “pure” local search algorithms, but we go one step further towards rigorously analyzing algorithms used in practice by considering hybrid heuristics and metaheuristics.
Interested to be part of our team? All applications received at or before October 1st. 2020 will be considered and we keep on considering applications until the positions are filled.
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The intended starting date is September 2020 but the exact date is negotiable.
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|Title||2 PhD positions in Rigorous Analysis of Local Search|
|Employer||University of Twente|
|Job location||Drienerlolaan 5, 7522 NB Enschede|
|Published||June 3, 2020|
|Application deadline||October 1, 2020|
|Job types||PhD  |
|Fields||Algorithms,   Theory of Computation,   Analysis,   Applied Mathematics,   Probability Theory,   Computational Mathematics  |