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

Computational Aspects of Bayesian Solution Estimators in Stochastic Optimization

We study a class of stochastic programs where some of the elements in the objective function are random, and their probability distribution has unknown parameters. The goal is to find a good estimate for the optimal solution of the stochastic program using data sampled from the distribution of the random elements. We investigate two common … Read more

Incorporating Black-Litterman Views in Portfolio Construction when Stock Returns are a Mixture of Normals

In this paper, we consider the basic problem of portfolio construction in financial engineering, and analyze how market-based and analytical approaches can be combined to obtain efficient portfolios. As a first step in our analysis, we model the asset returns as a random variable distributed according to a mixture of normal random variables. We then … Read more