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Course Name Optimization Techniques
Course Code 15MAT303
Program B. Tech. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Semester Sixth
Credits Campus: Bengaluru, Coimbatore, Amritapuri
Year Taught 2015
Year Taught 2016
Year Taught 2017
Year Taught 2018


Unit 1

Optimization – optimal problem formulation, engineering optimization problems, optimization algorithms, numerical search for optimal solution.

Unit 2

Single Variable optimization
Optimality criteria, bracketing methods – exhaustive search method, bounding phase method – region elimination methods – interval halving, Fibonacci search, golden section search, point estimation method – successive quadratic search, gradient based methods.

Unit 3

Multivariable Optimization
Optimality criteria, unconstrained optimization – solution by direct substitution, unidirectional search – direct search methods evolutionary search method, simplex search method, Hook-Jeeves pattern search method, gradient based methods – steepest descent, Cauchy’s steepest descent method, Newton’s method, conjugate gradient method – constrained optimization. Kuhn-Tucker conditions.

Text Books

S. S. Rao, “Optimization Theory and Applications”, Second Edition, New Age International (P) Limited Publishers, 1995.


  • Kalyanmoy Deb, “Optimization for Engineering Design Algorithms and Examples”, Prentice Hall of India, New Delhi, 2004.
  • Edwin K. P. Chong and Stanislaw H. Zak, “An Introduction to Optimization”, Second Edition, Wiley-Interscience Series in Discrete Mathematics and Optimization, 2004.
  • M. Asghar Bhatti, “Practical Optimization Methods: with Mathematics Applications”, Springer Verlag Publishers, 2000.

‘Optimization Techniques’ is a course offered in the sixth semester of B. Tech. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering program at School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

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