Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


This course will deepen your knowledge and skills in algorithm design. You will become familiar with a number of advanced design principles and tradeoffs between objectives and computational resources.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 05.09.2023 - 30.11.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Jara Uitto

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Advanced algorithm design techniques such as randomization, approximation, parameterisation, and algebrisation. Examples of contemporary advanced algorithms and supporting data structures. Tradeoffs between objectives and computational resources. The course consists of a fixed core part and a varying part covering topics of current interest. The course is organised two times a year with independent content in the autumn semester (taught by Prof. Jara Uitto) and in the spring semester (taught by Prof. Petteri Kaski).

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Points earned from weekly problem sets determine the course grade.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures. Teaching in small groups. Independent work.


Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn I - II
    2022-2023 Spring III - IV
    2023-2024 Spring III - IV

    Enrollment :

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.