Fleet & tail assignment under uncertainty

Airlines solve many different optimization problems and combine the resulting solutions to ensure smooth, minimum-cost operations. Crucial problems are the Fleet Assignment, which assigns aircraft types to flights of a given schedule, and the Tail Assignment, which determines individual flight sequences to be performed by single aircraft. In order to find a cost-optimal solution, many … Read more

Adaptive Nonlinear Optimization of District Heating Networks Based on Model and Discretization Catalogs

We propose an adaptive optimization algorithm for operating district heating networks in a stationary regime. The behavior of hot water flow in the pipe network is modeled using the incompressible Euler equations and a suitably chosen energy equation. By applying different simplifications to these equations, we derive a catalog of models. Our algorithm is based … Read more

The impact of passive social media users in (competitive) influence maximization

A frequently studied problem in the context of digital marketing for online social networks is the influence maximization problem that seeks for an initial seed set of influencers that trigger an information propagation cascade (in terms of message-forwarding) of expected maximum impact. The studied problems typically neglect that the probability that individuals only view content … Read more

Dynamic courier capacity acquisition in rapid delivery systems: a deep Q-learning approach

With the recent boom of the gig economy, urban delivery systems have experienced substantial demand growth. In such systems, orders are delivered to customers from local distribution points respecting a delivery time promise. An important example is a restaurant meal delivery system, where delivery times are expected to be minutes after an order is placed. … Read more

The Chvátal-Gomory Procedure for Integer SDPs with Applications in Combinatorial Optimization

In this paper we study the well-known Chvátal-Gomory (CG) procedure for the class of integer semidefinite programs (ISDPs). We prove several results regarding the hierarchy of relaxations obtained by iterating this procedure. We also study different formulations of the elementary closure of spectrahedra. A polyhedral description of the elementary closure for a specific type of … Read more

A nonlinear conjugate gradient method with complexity guarantees and its application to nonconvex regression

Nonlinear conjugate gradients are among the most popular techniques for solving continuous optimization problems. Although these schemes have long been studied from a global convergence standpoint, their worst-case complexity properties have yet to be fully understood, especially in the nonconvex setting. In particular, it is unclear whether such methods possess better guarantees than first-order methods … Read more

A Limited Memory Subspace Minimization Conjugate Gradient Algorithm for Unconstrained Optimization

Subspace minimization conjugate gradient (SMCG) methods are a class of high potential iterative methods for unconstrained optimization. The orthogonality is an important property of linear conjugate gradient method. It is however observed that the orthogonality of gradients in linear conjugate gradient method is often lost, which usually causes the slow convergence of conjugate gradient method. … Read more

Optimization-based Scenario Reduction for Data-Driven Two-stage Stochastic Optimization

We propose a novel, optimization-based method that takes into account the objective and problem structure for reducing the number of scenarios, m, needed for solving two-stage stochastic optimization problems. We develop a corresponding convex optimization-based algorithm, and show that as the number of scenarios increase, the proposed method recovers the SAA solution. We report computational … Read more

A prediction-based approach for online dynamic radiotherapy scheduling

Patient scheduling is a difficult task as it involves dealing with stochastic factors such as an unknown arrival flow of patients. Scheduling radiotherapy treatments for cancer patients faces a similar problem. Curative patients need to start their treatment within the recommended deadlines, i.e., 14 or 28 days after their admission while reserving treatment capacity for … Read more

Two efficient gradient methods with approximately optimal stepsizes based on regularization models for unconstrained optimization

It is widely accepted that the stepsize is of great significance to gradient method. Two efficient gradient methods with approximately optimal stepsizes mainly based on regularization models are proposed for unconstrained optimization. More exactly, if the objective function is not close to a quadratic function on the line segment between the current and latest iterates, … Read more