Optimal deployment of indoor wireless local area networks

We present a two-phase methodology to address the problem of optimally deploying indoor wireless local area networks. In the first phase, we use Helmholtz’s equation to simulate electromagnetic fields in a typical environment such as an office floor. The linear system which results from the discretization of this partial differential equation is solved with a … Read more

Random projections for quadratic programs

Random projections map a set of points in a high dimensional space to a lower dimen- sional one while approximately preserving all pairwise Euclidean distances. While random projections are usually applied to numerical data, we show they can be successfully applied to quadratic programming formulations over a set of linear inequality constraints. Instead of solving … Read more

Strong Convex Nonlinear Relaxations of the Pooling Problem

We investigate new convex relaxations for the pooling problem, a classic nonconvex production planning problem in which input materials are mixed in intermediate pools, with the outputs of these pools further mixed to make output products meeting given attribute percentage requirements. Our relaxations are derived by considering a set which arises from the formulation by … Read more

Random projections for trust region subproblems

The trust region method is an algorithm traditionally used in the field of derivative free optimization. The method works by iteratively constructing surrogate models (often linear or quadratic functions) to approximate the true objective function inside some neighborhood of a current iterate. The neighborhood is called “trust region” in the sense that the model is … Read more

New error measures and methods for realizing protein graphs from distance data

The interval Distance Geometry Problem (iDGP) consists in finding a realization in R^K of a simple undirected graph G=(V,E) with nonnegative intervals assigned to the edges in such a way that, for each edge, the Euclidean distance between the realization of the adjacent vertices is within the edge interval bounds. Our aim is to determine … Read more

Bilevel mixed-integer linear programs and the zero forcing set

We study a class of bilevel binary linear programs with lower level variables in the upper-level constraints. Under certain assumptions, we prove that the problem can be reformulated as a single-level binary linear program, and propose a finitely terminating cut generation algorithm to solve it. We then relax the assumptions by means of a general … Read more

The Power Edge Set problem

The automated real time control of an electrical network is achieved through the estimation of its state using Phasor Measurement Units (PMUs). Given an undirected graph representing the network, we study the problem of finding the minimum number of PMUs to place on the edges such that the graph is fully observed. This problem is … Read more

An Overview on Mathematical Programming Approaches for the Deterministic Unit Commitment Problem in Hydro Valleys

With the fast-growing demand in the electricity market of the last decades, attention has been focused on alternative and flexible sources of energy such as hydro valleys. Managing the hydroelectricity produced by the plants in hydro valleys is called the hydro unit commitment problem. This problem consists in finding the optimal power production schedule of … Read more

On a nonconvex MINLP formulation of the Euclidean Steiner tree problems in n-space

The Euclidean Steiner Tree Problem in dimension greater than two is notoriously difficult. The successful methods for exact solution are not based on mathematical-optimization methods — rather, they involve very sophisticated enumeration. There are two types of mathematical-optimization formulations in the literature, and it is an understatement to say that neither scales well enough to … Read more

Mathematical Programming techniques in Water Network Optimization

In this article we survey mathematical programming approaches to problems in the field of water network optimization. Predominant in the literature are two different, but related problem classes. One can be described by the notion of network design, while the other is more aptly termed by network operation. The basic underlying model in both cases … Read more