Fast Moreau Envelope Computation I: Numerical Algorithms

The present article summarizes the state of the art algorithms to compute the discrete Moreau envelope, and presents a new linear-time algorithm, named NEP for NonExpansive Proximal mapping. Numerical comparisons between the NEP and two existing algorithms: The Linear-time Legendre Transform (LLT) and the Parabolic Envelope (PE) algorithms are performed. Worst-case time complexity, convergence results, … Read more

On warm starts for interior methods

An appealing feature of interior methods for linear programming is that the number of iterations required to solve a problem tends to be relatively insensitive to the choice of initial point. This feature has the drawback that it is difficult to design interior methods that efficiently utilize information from an optimal solution to a “nearby” … Read more

A Near Maximum Likelihood Decoding Algorithm for MIMO Systems Based on Semi-Definite Programming

In Multi-Input Multi-Output (MIMO) systems, Maximum-Likelihood (ML) decoding is equivalent to finding the closest lattice point in an N-dimensional complex space. In general, this problem is known to be NP hard. In this paper, we propose a quasi-maximum likelihood algorithm based on Semi-Definite Programming (SDP). We introduce several SDP relaxation models for MIMO systems, with … Read more

On Khachiyan’s Algorithm for the Computation of Minimum Volume Enclosing Ellipsoids

Given $\cA := \{a^1,\ldots,a^m\} \subset \R^d$ whose affine hull is $\R^d$, we study the problems of computing an approximate rounding of the convex hull of $\cA$ and an approximation to the minimum volume enclosing ellipsoid of $\cA$. In the case of centrally symmetric sets, we first establish that Khachiyan’s barycentric coordinate descent (BCD) method is … Read more

Dynamic updates of the barrier parameter in primal-dual methods for nonlinear programming

We introduce a framework in which updating rules for the barrier parameter in primal-dual interior-point methods become dynamic. The original primal-dual system is augmented to incorporate explicitly an updating function. A Newton step for the augmented system gives a primal-dual Newton step and also a step in the barrier parameter. Based on local information and … Read more

Efficient Robust Optimization for Robust Control with Constraints

This paper proposes an efficient computational technique for the optimal control of linear discrete-time systems subject to bounded disturbances with mixed polytopic constraints on the states and inputs. The problem of computing an optimal state feedback control policy, given the current state, is non-convex. A recent breakthrough has been the application of robust optimization techniques … Read more