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Robert Riggs

Assistant Professor
Unit: School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department: Department of Systems and Information Engineering
Office location and address
151 Engineer's Way
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
SYS 3021: Deterministic Decision Models
Credits: 3
Introduction to deterministic optimization models: theory, algorithms, and applications. Coverage begins with highly structured network optimization models (e.g. shortest path models) and ends with unstructured linear optimization models (e.g. linear programing and integer programming). Applications include (1) telecommunications network planning and design, (2) design and utilization of transportation and distribution networks, and (3) project management and scheduling. Prerequisite: SYS 2001; corequisite: APMA 3080.
SYS 3055: Systems Engineering Design Colloquium I
Credits: 1
Students learn about the practice of systems engineering directly from practicing systems engineers. A variety of topics are covered by invited speakers from industry, government, and the academy (many of whom are alumni of our undergraduate program). Discussions include engineering design projects, alternative career paths, graduate studies, professional development and advancement strategies, and more immediate options and opportunities for summer internships and capstone projects. Prerequisite: Third-year standing in systems engineering.
SYS 3060: Stochastic Decision Models
Credits: 3
Introduction to mathematical modeling of forecasts and decisions under uncertainty using principles of statistical decision theory; judgmental and Bayesian techniques for probabilistic forecasting; forecast verification methods; static and sequential decision models for quality control, inventory control, queue management, hazard warnings; and economic, investment, and weather-sensitive decisions. Prerequisite: APMA 3100 and 3120, or instructor permission.
SYS 4053: Systems Design I
Credits: 3
A design project extending throughout the fall semester. Involves the study of an actual open-ended situation, including problem formulation, data collection, analysis and interpretation, model building for the purpose of evaluating design options, model analysis, and generation of solutions. Includes an appropriate computer laboratory experience. Prerequisite: SYS 3021, 3060, and fourth-year standing in the Systems Engineering major.
SYS 4054: Systems Design II
Credits: 3
A design project extending throughout the spring semester. Involves the study of an actual open-ended situation, including problem formulation, data collection, analysis and interpretation, model building for the purpose of evaluating design options, model analysis, and generation of solutions. Includes an appropriate computer laboratory experience. Prerequisite: SYS 4053.
SYS 4055: Systems Engineering Design Colloquium II
Credits: 1
This is a colloquium that allows fourth-year students to learn about engineering design, innovation, teamwork, technical communication, and project management in the context of their two-semester systems capstone design project. With respect to their capstone project, students define and scope their project, structure an interim report about the project, and give an oral presentation to the class. In addition, students study methods of effective time management and prepare presentations of their 5-year career plans. Prerequisite: Fourth-year standing in systems engineering.
CE 4500: Special Topics in Civil Engineering
Credits: 1–3
Applies basic engineering principles, analytical procedures and design methodology to special problems of current interest in civil engineering. Topic for each semester are announced at the time of course enrollment. Prerequisite: Fourth-year standing and instructor permission.
SYS 4582: Selected Topics in Systems Engineering
Credits: 1–3
Detailed study of a selected topic determined by the current interest of faculty and students. Prerequisite: As specified for each offering.
SYS 4995: Supervised Projects in Systems Engineering
Credits: 1–6
Independent study or project research under the guidance of a faculty member. Offered as required. Prerequisite: As specified for each offering.
SYS 6003: Optimization Models and Methods I
Credits: 3
This course is an introduction to theory and application of mathematical optimization. The goal of this course is to endow the student with a) a solid understanding of the subject's theoretical foundation and b) the ability to apply mathematical programming techniques in the context of diverse engineering problems. Topics to be covered include a review of convex analysis (separation and support of sets, application to linear programming), convex programming (characterization of optimality, generalizations), Karush-Kuhn-Tucker conditions, constraint qualification and Lagrangian duality. The course closes with a brief introduction to dynamic optimization in discrete time. Prerequisite: Two years of college mathematics, including linear algebra, and the ability to write computer programs.
SYS 6043: Applied Optimization
Credits: 3
Presents the foundations of mathematical modeling and optimization, with emphasis on problem formulation and solution techniques. Includes applications of linear programs, nonlinear programs, and combinatorial models, as well as a practical introduction to algorithms for solving these types of problems. Topics are illustrated through classic problems such as service planning, operations management, manufacturing, transportation, and network flows. Prerequisites: Two years of college mathematics, including linear algebra, or instructor permission Note: This course cannot be applied toward completing the requirements for an M.S. or Ph.D. in Systems Engineering
SYS 6097: Graduate Teaching Instruction
Credits: 1–12
For master's students.
SYS 6582: Selected Topics in Systems Engineering
Credits: 1–3
Detailed study of a selected topic, determined by the current interest of faculty and students. Offered as required.
SYS 6993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–12
Detailed study of graduate course material on an independent basis under the guidance of a faculty member.
SYS 9997: Graduate Teaching Instruction
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral students.
SYS 9999: Dissertation
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral students.