MAGIC079: Inverse Problems

Course details

A core MAGIC course


Spring 2024
Monday, January 29th to Friday, March 22nd; Monday, April 22nd to Friday, May 3rd


Live lecture hours
Recorded lecture hours
Total advised study hours


11:05 - 11:55 (UK)

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This module provides a rigorous introduction to the mathematical theory of Inverse Problems. The lectures also include numerical experiments to develop first hand experience of the concepts covered by the theory.

The lectures are largely based on 3rd edition of the book An Introduction to the Mathematical Theory of Inverse Problems by Andreas Kirsch, Springer (2021). Most of the material is also covered in the previous editions of this book.


This module assumes some knowledge of functional analysis and some minimal coding skills. Students can find a quick recap of functional analysis in Appendix A of the textbook.


(tentative syllabus)
  • Introduction to forward and inverse problems
  • General regularization strategies
  • Tikhonov regularization
  • Landweber iteration
  • Morozov's discrepancy principle
  • Regularization by discretization
  • Extension to nonlinear inverse problems
  • Optimization algorithms for PDE-constrained optimization


  • AP

    Dr Alberto Paganini

    University of Leicester


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The assessment for this course will be released on Monday 13th May 2024 at 00:00 and is due in before Friday 24th May 2024 at 11:00.

Assessment for all MAGIC courses is via take-home exam which will be made available at the release date (the start of the exam period).

You will need to upload a PDF file with your own attempted solutions by the due date (the end of the exam period).

If you have kept up-to-date with the course, the expectation is it should take at most 3 hours’ work to attain the pass mark, which is 50%.

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