Improved Rank-One-Based Relaxations and Bound Tightening Techniques for the Pooling Problem

The pooling problem is a classical NP-hard problem in the chemical process and petroleum industries. This problem is modeled as a nonlinear, nonconvex network flow problem in which raw materials with different specifications are blended in some intermediate tanks, and mixed again to obtain the final products with desired specifications. The analysis of the pooling … Read more

A mixed-integer exponential cone programming formulation for feature subset selection in logistic regression

Logistic regression is one of the widely-used classification tools to construct prediction models. For datasets with a large number of features, feature subset selection methods are considered to obtain accurate and interpretable prediction models, in which irrelevant and redundant features are removed. In this paper, we address the problem of feature subset selection in logistic … Read more

An MISOCP-Based Decomposition Approach for the Unit Commitment Problem with AC Power Flows

Unit Commitment (UC) and Optimal Power Flow (OPF) are two fundamental problems in short-term electric power systems planning that are traditionally solved sequentially. The state-of-the-art mostly uses a direct current flow approximation of the power flow equations in the UC-level and the generator commitments obtained are sent as input to the OPF-level. However, such an … Read more

The Promise of EV-Aware Multi-Period OPF Problem: Cost and Emission Benefits

In this paper, we study the Multi-Period Optimal Power Flow problem (MOPF) with electric vehicles (EV) under emission considerations. We integrate three different real-world datasets: household electricity consumption, marginal emission factors, and EV driving profiles. We present a systematic solution approach based on second-order cone programming to find globally optimal solutions for the resulting nonconvex … Read more

An MISOCP-Based Solution Approach to the Reactive Optimal Power Flow Problem

In this letter, we present an alternative mixed-integer non-liner programming formulation of the reactive optimal power flow (ROPF) problem. We utilize a mixed-integer second-order cone programming (MISOCP) based approach to find global optimal solutions of the proposed ROPF problem formulation. We strengthen the MISOCP relaxation via the addition of convex envelopes and cutting planes. Computational … Read more

Optimization Problems Involving Matrix Multiplication with Applications in Material Science and Biology

We consider optimization problems involving the multiplication of variable matrices to be selected from a given family, which might be a discrete set, a continuous set or a combination of both. Such nonlinear, and possibly discrete, optimization problems arise in applications from biology and material science among others, and are known to be NP-Hard for … Read more

Rational Polyhedral Outer-Approximations of the Second-Order Cone

It is well-known that the second-order cone can be outer-approximated to an arbitrary accuracy by a polyhedral cone of compact size defined by irrational data. In this paper, we propose two rational polyhedral outer-approximations of compact size retaining the same guaranteed accuracy. The first outer-approximation has the same size as the optimal but irrational outer-approximation … Read more

A Computational Comparison of Optimization Methods for the Golomb Ruler Problem

The Golomb ruler problem is defined as follows: Given a positive integer n, locate n marks on a ruler such that the distance between any two distinct pair of marks are different from each other and the total length of the ruler is minimized. The Golomb ruler problem has applications in information theory, astronomy and … Read more

A study of rank-one sets with linear side constraints and application to the pooling problem

We study sets defined as the intersection of a rank-1 constraint with different choices of linear side constraints. We identify different conditions on the linear side constraints, under which the convex hull of the rank-1 set is polyhedral or second-order cone representable. In all these cases, we also show that a linear objective can be … Read more

On Subadditive Duality for Conic Mixed-Integer Programs

In this paper, we show that the subadditive dual of a feasible conic mixed-integer program (MIP) is a strong dual whenever it is feasible. Moreover, we show that this dual feasibility condition is equivalent to feasibility of the conic dual of the continuous relaxation of the conic MIP. In addition, we prove that all known … Read more