Risk-averse Regret Minimization in Multi-stage Stochastic Programs

Within the context of optimization under uncertainty, a well-known alternative to minimizing expected value or the worst-case scenario consists in minimizing regret. In a multi-stage stochastic programming setting with a discrete probability distribution, we explore the idea of risk-averse regret minimization, where the benchmark policy can only benefit from foreseeing Delta steps into the future. … Read more

Exact and Approximate Schemes for Robust Optimization Problems with Decision Dependent Information Discovery

Uncertain optimization problems with decision dependent information discovery allow the decision maker to control the timing of information discovery, in contrast to the classic multistage setting where uncertain parameters are revealed sequentially based on a prescribed filtration. This problem class is useful in a wide range of applications, however, its assimilation is partly limited by … Read more

On the Optimality of Affine Decision Rules in Robust and Distributionally Robust Optimization

We propose tight conditions under which two-stage robust and distributionally robust optimization problems are optimally solved in affine decision rules. Contrary to previous work, our conditions do not impose any structure on the support of the uncertain problem parameters, and they ensure point-wise (as opposed to worst-case) optimality of affine decision rules. The absence of … Read more

A Robust Optimization Approach to Network Control Using Local Information Exchange

Designing policies for a network of agents is typically done by formulating an optimization problem where each agent has access to state measurements of all the other agents in the network. Such policy designs with centralized information exchange results in optimization problems that are typically hard to solve, require to establish substantial communication links, and … Read more

Robust Optimization with Decision-Dependent Information Discovery

Robust optimization is a popular paradigm for modeling and solving two- and multi-stage decision-making problems affected by uncertainty. Most approaches assume that the uncertain parameters can be observed for free and that the sequence in which they are revealed is independent of the decision-maker’s actions. Yet, these assumptions fail to hold in many real-world applications … Read more

A Primal-Dual Lifting Scheme for Two-Stage Robust Optimization

Two-stage robust optimization problems, in which decisions are taken both in anticipation of and in response to the observation of an unknown parameter vector from within an uncertainty set, are notoriously challenging. In this paper, we develop convergent hierarchies of primal (conservative) and dual (progressive) bounds for these problems that trade off the competing goals … Read more

Robust Dual Dynamic Programming

Multi-stage robust optimization problems, where the decision maker can dynamically react to consecutively observed realizations of the uncertain problem parameters, pose formidable theoretical and computational challenges. As a result, the existing solution approaches for this problem class typically determine subopti- mal solutions under restrictive assumptions. In this paper, we propose a robust dual dynamic programming … Read more

Low-complexity method for hybrid MPC with local guarantees

Model predictive control problems for constrained hybrid systems are usually cast as mixed-integer optimization problems (MIP). However, commercial MIP solvers are designed to run on desktop computing platforms and are not suited for embedded applications which are typically restricted by limited computational power and memory. To alleviate these restrictions, we develop a novel low-complexity, iterative … Read more

The Power of Diversity: Data-Driven Robust Predictive Control for Energy Efficient Buildings and Districts

The cooperative energy management of aggregated buildings has recently received a great deal of interest due to substantial potential energy savings. These gains are mainly obtained in two ways: (i) Exploiting the load shifting capabilities of the cooperative buildings; (ii) Utilizing the expensive but energy efficient equipment that is commonly shared by the building community … Read more

Robust Optimal Control with Adjustable Uncertainty Sets

Robust control design for constrained uncertain systems is a well-studied topic. Given a known uncertainty set, the objective is to find a control policy that minimizes a given cost and satisfies the system’s constraints for all possible uncertainty realizations. In this paper, we extend the classical robust control setup by treating the uncertainty sets as … Read more