Online Convex Optimization Perspective for Learning from Dynamically Revealed Preferences

We study the problem of online learning (OL) from revealed preferences: a learner wishes to learn an agent’s private utility function through observing the agent’s utility-maximizing actions in a changing environment. We adopt an online inverse optimization setup, where the learner observes a stream of agent’s actions in an online fashion and the learning performance … Read more

Solving AC Optimal Power Flow with Discrete Decisions to Global Optimality

We present a solution framework for general alternating current optimal power flow (AC OPF) problems that include discrete decisions. The latter occur, for instance, in the context of the curtailment of renewables or the switching of power generation units and transmission lines. Our approach delivers globally optimal solutions and is provably convergent. We model AC … Read more

Robust Convex Optimization: A New Perspective That Unifies And Extends

Robust convex constraints are difficult to handle, since finding the worst-case scenario is equivalent to maximizing a convex function. In this paper, we propose a new approach to deal with such constraints that unifies approaches known in the literature and extends them in a significant way. The extension is either obtaining better solutions than the … Read more

ROOT-SGD: Sharp Nonasymptotics and Asymptotic Efficiency in a Single Algorithm

We study the problem of solving strongly convex and smooth unconstrained optimization problems using stochastic first-order algorithms. We devise a novel algorithm, referred to as \emph{Recursive One-Over-T SGD} (ROOTSGD), based on an easily implementable, recursive averaging of past stochastic gradients. We prove that it simultaneously achieves state-of-the-art performance in both a finite-sample, nonasymptotic sense and … Read more

Finding the strongest stable massless column with a follower load and relocatable concentrated masses

We consider the problem of optimal placement of concentrated masses along a massless elastic column that is clamped at one end and loaded by a nonconservative follower force at the free end. The goal is to find the largest possible interval such that the variation in the loading parameter within this interval preserves stability of … Read more

Learning Dynamical Systems with Side Information

We present a mathematical and computational framework for the problem of learning a dynamical system from noisy observations of a few trajectories and subject to side information. Side information is any knowledge we might have about the dynamical system we would like to learn besides trajectory data. It is typically inferred from domain-specific knowledge or … Read more

A branch-and-cut algorithm for the Edge Interdiction Clique Problem

Given a graph G and an interdiction budget k, the Edge Interdiction Clique Problem (EICP) asks to find a subset of at most k edges to remove from G so that the size of the maximum clique, in the interdicted graph, is minimized. The EICP belongs to the family of interdiction problems with the aim … Read more

Matchings, hypergraphs, association schemes, and semidefinite optimization

We utilize association schemes to analyze the quality of semidefinite programming (SDP) based convex relaxations of integral packing and covering polyhedra determined by matchings in hypergraphs. As a by-product of our approach, we obtain bounds on the clique and stability numbers of some regular graphs reminiscent of classical bounds by Delsarte and Hoffman. We determine … Read more

Global Optimization for the Multilevel European Gas Market System with Nonlinear Flow Models on Trees

The European gas market is implemented as an entry-exit system, which aims to decouple transport and trading of gas. It has been modeled in the literature as a multilevel problem, which contains a nonlinear flow model of gas physics. Besides the multilevel structure and the nonlinear flow model, the computation of so-called technical capacities is … Read more

Iteration-complexity of a proximal augmented Lagrangian method for solving nonconvex composite optimization problems with nonlinear convex constraints

This paper proposes and analyzes a proximal augmented Lagrangian (NL-IAPIAL) method for solving smooth nonconvex composite optimization problems with nonlinear K-convex constraints, i.e., the constraints are convex with respect to the order given by a closed convex cone K. Each NL-IAPIAL iteration consists of inexactly solving a proximal augmented Lagrangian subproblem by an accelerated composite … Read more