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I am looking for educational programmes which can be conducted online, such as

  • full MSc., degree certificates,

  • postgraduate courses/modules,

  • MOOCs.

Topics I am looking for are on advanced optimization such as

  • column generation,

  • (meta)heuristics,

  • reinforcement learning.

Any recommendations? Feel free to share experiences!

Longer background: I have an MSc. in Engineering during which I focussed on optimization methods (MILP, heuristics, queuing models etc.) in a specific sector. At my work, I get the freedom to develop myself further into the field with the goal of being able to develop (prototype) tooling for decision support at our clients.

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Check Coursera, edX, Udemy, or any other online courses (such as those of Stanford). For example:

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For heuristics you can take a look at this course. Also the book "How to solve it : Modern heuristics" by Zbigniew Michalewicz and David B. Fogel.

Reinforcement Learning has similiarities with approximate dynamic programming, these video lectures by D. P. Bertsekas may be useful.

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Institute of Applied Optimization

Metaheuristic Optimization - prerequisite: Java programming

Coursera

Practical Reinforcement Learning - related

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For Reinforcement learning and Deep Reinforcement learning, a wonderful online free course on RL by David Silver (the first author of the AlphaZero, AlphaGo algorithms) exists: YouTube links

A more advanced course by Sergey Levine exists for free at: YouTube link

For both course the link to the material of the course is available too.

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