Solving disjunctive optimization problems by generalized semi-infinite optimization techniques

We describe a new possibility to model disjunctive optimization problems as generalized semi-infinite programs. In contrast to existing methods, for our approach neither a conjunctive nor a disjunctive normal form is expected. Applying existing lower level reformulations for the corresponding semi-infinite program we derive conjunctive nonlinear problems without any logical expressions, which can be locally solved by standard nonlinear solvers. Our preliminary numerical results on some small-scale examples indicate that our reformulation procedure is a reasonable method to solve disjunctive optimization problems.


Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, 2016, DOI 10.1007/s10957-016-0862-9