Using AIMMS to Teach Modeling and Operations Research
AIMMS is an excellent tool to support Modeling and Operations Research courses. The students can use AIMMS to implement assignments without the need to master a programming language: the understanding of the basic concepts like sets, parameters, variables and constraints is all they need to be able to build mathematical programming models and solve them with the available solvers, such as XA for linear and mixed integer programming, CONOPT for nonlinear programming, and AOA for mixed integer nonlinear programming. AIMMS’ integrated visualization of results facilitates learning and interactive model development. Students generally find AIMMS easy and fun to work with!
AIMMS comes with a Tutorial for Beginners, ideal for students; which includes all the necessary steps to build a model and a graphical user interface (GUI) in AIMMS. The tutorial can be completed in one hour and is currently available in English, Spanish and Hungarian. This tutorial covers all the information students typically need to start implementing assignments in AIMMS.
AIMMS also contains a Tutorial for Professionals, which covers more advanced material, such as rolling-horizon planning, database links and building an elaborate user interface. This tutorial takes about two days to complete. And finally, for a quick visual introduction to AIMMS, you can find a set of AIMMS videos on this website.
AIMMS comes with a book "AIMMS Optimization Modeling", which contains optimization theory and a range of application examples. This can be an excellent addition to your own teaching material. A PDF version is available within each AIMMS installation and online, on our website. Hardcopies can be ordered from on-line bookstores.
In the G-AIMMS section on our website you find an AIMMS modeling game. When you have some basic modeling knowledge you can learn AIMMS and increase your modeling skills by playing the game.
AIMMS contains a diverse set of worked examples, of applications in many varied fields. The applications described in the book “AIMMS Optimization Modeling” are also available as worked application examples within AIMMS.
We offer the Free AIMMS Academic License for teaching.