Globally Solving the Trust Region Subproblem Using Simple First-Order Methods

We consider the trust region subproblem which is given by a minimization of a quadratic, not necessarily convex, function over the Euclidean ball. Based on the well-known second-order necessary and sufficient optimality conditions for this problem, we present two sufficient optimality conditions defined solely in terms of the primal variables. Each of these conditions corresponds … Read more

Energy Technology Environment Model with Smart Grid and Robust Nodal Electricity Prices

This paper deals with the modeling of power flow in a transmission grid within the multi-sectoral multi-energy long-term regional energy model ETEM-SG. This extension of the model allows a better representation of demand response for flexible loads triggered by nodal marginal cost pricing. To keep the global model in the realm of linear program- ming … Read more

NeatWork, a tool for the design of gravity-driven water distribution systems for poor rural communities

NeatWork is an advanced optimization and simulation tool for the design of purely gravity-driven water distribution systems aiming at delivering clean water to poor rural communities. The exclusion of any adjustable devices, such as pumps and valves, for controlling pressures and flows is motivated by two main reasons: firstly, the system should be as simple … Read more

Uniqueness and Multiplicity of Market Equilibria on DC Power Flow Networks

We consider uniqueness and multiplicity of market equilibria in a short-run setup where traded quantities of electricity are transported through a capacitated network in which power flows have to satisfy the classical lossless DC approximation. The firms face fluctuating demand and decide on their production, which is constrained by given capacities. Today, uniqueness of such … Read more

Primal-Dual Hybrid Gradient Method for Distributionally Robust Optimization Problems

We focus on the discretization approach to distributionally robust optimization (DRO) problems and propose a numerical scheme originated from the primal-dual hybrid gradient (PDHG) method that recently has been well studied in convex optimization area. Specifically, we consider the cases where the ambiguity set of the discretized DRO model is defined through the moment condition … Read more

Manifold Sampling for Optimization of Nonconvex Functions that are Piecewise Linear Compositions of Smooth Components

We develop a manifold sampling algorithm for the minimization of a nonsmooth composite function $f \defined \psi + h \circ F$ when $\psi$ is smooth with known derivatives, $h$ is a known, nonsmooth, piecewise linear function, and $F$ is smooth but expensive to evaluate. The trust-region algorithm classifies points in the domain of $h$ as … Read more

On the Optimal Proximal Parameter of an ADMM-like Splitting Method for Separable Convex Programming

An ADMM-based splitting method is proposed in [11] for solving convex minimization problems with linear constraints and multi-block separable objective functions; while a relatively large proximal parameter is required for theoretically ensuring the convergence. In this paper, we further study this method and find its optimal (smallest) proximal parameter. For succinctness, we focus on the … Read more