Error Bounds and Singularity Degree in Semidefinite Programming

In semidefinite programming a proposed optimal solution may be quite poor in spite of having sufficiently small residual in the optimality conditions. This issue may be framed in terms of the discrepancy between forward error (the unmeasurable `true error’) and backward error (the measurable violation of optimality conditions). In his seminal work, Sturm provided an … Read more

Distributionally Robust Optimization: A Review

The concepts of risk-aversion, chance-constrained optimization, and robust optimization have developed significantly over the last decade. Statistical learning community has also witnessed a rapid theoretical and applied growth by relying on these concepts. A modeling framework, called distributionally robust optimization (DRO), has recently received significant attention in both the operations research and statistical learning communities. … Read more

Methods for multiobjective bilevel optimization

This paper is on multiobjective bilevel optimization, i.e. on bilevel optimization problems with multiple objectives on the lower or on the upper level, or even on both levels. We give an overview on the major optimality notions used in multiobjective optimization. We provide characterization results for the set of optimal solutions of multiobjective optimization problems … Read more

A massively parallel interior-point solver for linear energy system models with block structure

Linear energy system models are often a crucial component of system design and operations, as well as energy policy consulting. Such models can lead to large-scale linear programs, which can be intractable even for state-of-the-art commercial solvers—already the available memory on a desktop machine might not be sufficient. Against this backdrop, this article introduces an … Read more

Competing Objective Optimization in Networked Swarm Systems

In this paper, we develop a decentralized collaborative sensing algorithm where the sensors are located on-board autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles. We develop this algorithm in the context of a target tracking application, where the objective is to maximize the tracking performance measured by the meansquared error between the target state estimate and the ground truth. … Read more

A Data Efficient and Feasible Level Set Method for Stochastic Convex Optimization with Expectation Constraints

Stochastic convex optimization problems with expectation constraints (SOECs) are encountered in statistics and machine learning, business, and engineering. In data-rich environments, the SOEC objective and constraints contain expectations defined with respect to large datasets. Therefore, efficient algorithms for solving such SOECs need to limit the fraction of data points that they use, which we refer … Read more

Benders Decomposition with Adaptive Oracles for Large Scale Optimization

This paper proposes an algorithm to efficiently solve large optimization problems which exhibit a column bounded block-diagonal structure, where subproblems differ in right-hand side and cost coefficients. Similar problems are often tackled using cutting-plane algorithms, which allow for an iterative and decomposed solution of the problem. When solving subproblems is computationally expensive and the set … Read more

On the use of polynomial models in multiobjective directional direct search

Polynomial interpolation or regression models are an important tool in Derivative-free Optimization, acting as surrogates of the real function. In this work, we propose the use of these models in the multiobjective framework of directional direct search, namely the one of Direct Multisearch. Previously evaluated points are used to build quadratic polynomial models, which are … Read more