A Successive Linear Relaxation Method for MINLPs with Multivariate Lipschitz Continuous Nonlinearities with Applications to Bilevel Optimization and Gas Transport

We present a novel method for mixed-integer optimization problems with multivariate and Lipschitz continuous nonlinearities. In particular, we do not assume that the nonlinear constraints are explicitly given but that we can only evaluate them and that we know their global Lipschitz constants. The algorithm is a successive linear relaxation method in which we alternate … Read more

A momentum-based linearized augmented Lagrangian method for nonconvex constrained stochastic optimization

    Nonconvex constrained stochastic optimization  has emerged in many important application areas. With general functional constraints it minimizes the sum of an expectation function and a convex  nonsmooth  regularizer. Main challenges  arise due to the stochasticity in the random integrand and the possibly nonconvex functional constraints. To cope with these issues we propose a … Read more

Two-stage distributionally robust noncooperative games: Existence of Nash equilibria and its application to Cournot-Nash competition

Two-stage distributionally robust stochastic noncooperative games with continuous decision variables are studied. In such games, each player solves a two-stage distributionally robust optimization problem depending on the decisions of the other players. Existing studies in this area have been limited with strict assumptions, such as linear decision rules, and supposed that each player solves a … Read more

Worst-Case Analysis of Heuristic Approaches for the Temporal Bin Packing Problem with Fire-Ups

We consider the temporal bin packing problem with fire-ups (TBPP-FU), a branch of operations research recently introduced in multi-objective cloud computing. In this scenario, any item is equipped with a resource demand and a lifespan meaning that it requires the bin capacity only during that time interval. We then aim at finding a schedule minimizing … Read more

Weighted Geometric Mean, Minimum Mediated Set, and Optimal Second-Order Cone Representation

We study optimal second-order cone representations for weighted geometric means, which turns out to be closely related to minimum mediated sets. Several lower bounds and upper bounds on the size of optimal second-order cone representations are proved. In the case of bivariate weighted geometric means (equivalently, one dimensional mediated sets), we are able to prove … Read more

Optimal configurations for modular systems at the example of crane bridges

The aim of this paper is to optimize modular systems which cover the construction of products that can be assembled on a modular basis. Increasing the number of different variants of individual components on the one hand decreases the cost of oversizing the assembled product, while on the other hand the cost for maintaining the … Read more

Superadditive duality and convex hulls for mixed-integer conic optimization

We present an infinite family of linear valid inequalities for a mixed-integer conic program, and prove that these inequalities describe the convex hull of the feasible set when this set is bounded and described by integral data. The main element of our proof is to establish a new strong superadditive dual for mixed-integer conic programming … Read more

Linear-size formulations for connected planar graph partitioning and political districting

Motivated by applications in political districting, we consider the task of partitioning the n vertices of a planar graph into k connected components. We propose an extended formulation that has two desirable properties: (i) it uses just O(n) variables, constraints, and nonzeros, and (ii) it is perfect. To explore its ability to solve real-world problems, … Read more

An Efficient Pixel-based Packing Algorithm for Additive Manufacturing Production Planning

Additive Manufacturing (AM), the technology of rapid prototyping directly from 3D digital models, has made a significant impact on both academia and industry. When facing the growing demand of AM services, AM production planning (AMPP) plays a vital role in reducing makespan and costs for AM service companies. This research focuses on the AMPP problem … Read more

D-optimal Data Fusion: Exact and Approximation Algorithms

We study the D-optimal Data Fusion (DDF) problem, which aims to select new data points, given an existing Fisher information matrix, so as to maximize the logarithm of the determinant of the overall Fisher information matrix. We show that the DDF problem is NP-hard and has no constant-factor polynomial-time approximation algorithm unless P = NP. … Read more