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Algorithm Engineering
(dt. Algorithm Engineering)

Level, degree of commitment in original study programme Advanced module, compulsory elective module
Forms of teaching and learning,
Lecture (2 SWS), recitation class (4 SWS),
270 hours (90 h attendance, 180 h private study)
Credit points,
formal requirements
9 CP
Course requirement: Presentation of 4 milestones in software development.
Examination type: Software development
The grading is done with 0 to 15 points according to the examination regulations for study course M.Sc. Computer Sciences.
Original study programme M.Sc. Informatik / Vertiefungsbereich Informatik
One semester,
Regelmäßig alle 2 Semester
Person in charge of the module's outline Prof. Dr. Christian Komusiewicz


  • Basic techniques of algorithm engineering, especially for NP-hard problems
  • Design, analysis, implementation, and testing of algorithms
  • Problem modeling and algorithmic techniques such as search tree algorithms, data reduction, and lower bounds
  • Exact, approximative, and heuristic algorithms
  • Reduction to established solvers, problem formulation using propositional logic or integer linear programs

Qualification Goals

The graduates of the module

  • can develop efficient algorithms for computationally hard graph problems,
  • have experience in estimating runtime and storage requirements,
  • are proficient in handling modern algorithm libraries,
  • are able to organize project work in a team, document their work adequately, and describe their developed algorithms and implementations in short presentations.


None. The competences taught in the following modules are recommended: Object-oriented Programming, either Algorithms and Data Structures or Practical Informatics II: Data Structures and Algorithms for Pre-Service-Teachers, Efficient Algorithms.

Recommended Reading

  • Stefan Schirra, Matthias Müller-Hannemann (eds). Algorithm Engineering. Springer, 2006.

Please note:

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