A Trilevel Model for Segmentation of the Power Transmission Grid Cyber Network

Network segmentation of a power grid’s communication system is one way to make the grid more resilient to cyber attacks. We develop a novel trilevel programming model to optimally segment a grid communication system, taking into account the actions of an information technolology (IT) administrator, attacker, and grid operator. The IT administrator is given an … Read more

Linearizing Bilinear Products of Shadow Prices and Dispatch Variables in Bilevel Problems for Optimal Power System Planning

This work presents a general method for linearizing bilinear terms in the upper level of bilevel optimization problems when the bilinear terms are products of the primal and dual variables of the lower level. Bilinear terms of this form often appear in energy market optimization models where the dual variable represents the market price of … Read more

A New Insight on Augmented Lagrangian Method with Applications in Machine Learning

By exploiting double-penalty terms for the primal subproblem, we develop a novel relaxed augmented Lagrangian method for solving a family of convex optimization problems subject to equality or inequality constraints. This new method is then extended to solve a general multi-block separable convex optimization problem, and two related primal-dual hybrid gradient algorithms are also discussed. … Read more

Developments in mathematical algorithms and computational tools for proton CT and particle therapy treatment planning

We summarize recent results and ongoing activities in mathematical algorithms and computer science methods related to proton computed tomography (pCT) and intensitymodulated particle therapy (IMPT) treatment planning. Proton therapy necessitates a high level of delivery accuracy to exploit the selective targeting imparted by the Bragg peak. For this purpose, pCT utilizes the proton beam itself … Read more

Designing reliable future energy systems by iteratively including extreme periods in time-series aggregation

Generation Capacity Expansion Planning (GCEP) requires high temporal resolution to account for the volatility of renewable energy supply. Because the GCEP optimization problem is often computationally intractable, time-series input data are often aggregated to representative periods using clustering. However, clustering removes extreme events, which are important to achieve reliable system designs. We present a method … Read more

Mathematical models for the minimization of open stacks problem

In this paper, we address the Minimization of Open Stacks Problem (MOSP). This problem often appears during production planning of manufacturing industries, such as in the cutting of objects to comply with space constraints around the cutting machine in the glass, furniture, and metallurgical industries. The MOSP is also pertinent to the field of VLSI … Read more

Appointment Scheduling for Medical Diagnostic Centers considering Time-sensitive Pharmaceuticals: A Dynamic Robust Optimization Approach

This paper studies optimal criteria for the appointment scheduling of outpatients in a medical imaging center. The main goal of this study is to coordinate the assignments of radiopharmaceuticals and the scheduling of outpatients on imaging scanners. We study a special case of a molecular imaging center that offers services for various diagnostic procedures for … Read more

Scenario Consensus Algorithms for Solving Stochastic and Dynamic Problems

In transportation problems and in many other planning problems, there are important sources of uncertainty that must be addressed to find effective and efficient solutions. A common approach for solving these dynamic and stochastic problems is the Multiple Scenario Approach (MSA), that has been proved effective for transportation problems, but it does not provide flexibility … Read more

MILP models for the continuous Berth Allocation and Quay Crane Assignment Problem considering crane movement and setup times

In this technical report we present several Mixed Integer Linear Programming (MILP) models for the Berth Allocation and Quay Crane Assignment Problem (BACASP) considering crane movement and setup time (from now on: BACASP-S). First, we propose a MILP for the continuous-quay time-invariant BACASP in which both berthing time and position variables are continuous. Then, we … Read more

On fault-tolerant low-diameter clusters in graphs

Cliques and their generalizations are frequently used to model “tightly knit” clusters in graphs and identifying such clusters is a popular technique used in graph-based data mining. One such model is the $s$-club, which is a vertex subset that induces a subgraph of diameter at most $s$. This model has found use in a variety … Read more