A semidefinite programming approach for the projection onto the cone of negative semidefinite symmetric tensors with applications to solid mechanics

We propose an algorithm for computing the projection of a symmetric second-order tensor onto the cone of negative semidefinite symmetric tensors with respect to the inner product defined by an assigned positive definite symmetric fourth-order tensor C. The projection problem is written as a semidefinite programming problem and an algorithm based on a primal-dual path-following … Read more

An Improved Penalty Algorithm using Model Order Reduction for MIPDECO problems with partial observations

This work addresses optimal control problems governed by a linear time-dependent partial differential equation (PDE) as well as integer constraints on the control. Moreover, partial observations are assumed in the objective function. The resulting problem poses several numerical challenges due to the mixture of combinatorial aspects, induced by integer variables, and large scale linear algebra … Read more

A spectral PALM algorithm for matrix and tensor-train based Dictionary Learning

Dictionary Learning (DL) is one of the leading sparsity promoting techniques in the context of image classification, where the “dictionary” matrix D of images and the sparse matrix X are determined so as to represent a redundant image dataset. The resulting constrained optimization problem is nonconvex and non-smooth, providing several computational challenges for its solution. … Read more

Solving nonlinear systems of equations via spectral residual methods: stepsize selection and applications

Spectral residual methods are derivative-free and low-cost per iteration procedures for solving nonlinear systems of equations. They are generally coupled with a nonmonotone linesearch strategy and compare well with Newton-based methods for large nonlinear systems and sequences of nonlinear systems. The residual vector is used as the search direction and choosing the steplength has a … Read more

Exploiting problem structure in derivative free optimization

A structured version of derivative-free random pattern search optimization algorithms is introduced which is able to exploit coordinate partially separable structure (typically associated with sparsity) often present in unconstrained and bound-constrained optimization problems. This technique improves performance by orders of magnitude and makes it possible to solve large problems that otherwise are totally intractable by … Read more

A relaxed interior point method for low-rank semidefinite programming problems with applications to matrix completion

A new relaxed variant of interior point method for low-rank semidefinite programming problems is proposed in this paper. The method is a step outside of the usual interior point framework. In anticipation to converging to a low-rank primal solution, a special nearly low-rank form of all primal iterates is imposed. To accommodate such a (restrictive) … Read more

Improved Penalty Algorithm for Mixed Integer PDE Constrained Optimization (MIPDECO) Problems

Optimal control problems including partial differential equation (PDE) as well as integer constraints merge the combinatorial difficulties of integer programming and the challenges related to large-scale systems resulting from discretized PDEs. So far, the Branch-and-Bound framework has been the most common solution strategy for such problems. In order to provide an alternative solution approach, especially … Read more

Interior Point Methods and Preconditioning for PDE-Constrained Optimization Problems Involving Sparsity Terms

PDE-constrained optimization problems with control or state constraints are challenging from an analytical as well as numerical perspective. The combination of these constraints with a sparsity-promoting L1 term within the objective function requires sophisticated optimization methods. We propose the use of an Interior Point scheme applied to a smoothed reformulation of the discretized problem, and … Read more


A novel method for performing model updating on finite element models is presented. The approach is particularly tailored to modal analyses of buildings, by which the lowest frequencies, obtained by using sensors and system identification approaches, need to be matched to the numerical ones predicted by the model. This is done by optimizing some unknown … Read more

A note on using performance and data profiles for training algorithms

It is shown how to use the performance and data profile benchmarking tools to improve algorithms’ performance. An illustration for the BFO derivative-free optimizer suggests that the obtained gains are potentially significant. Citation ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software, 45:2 (2019), Article 20. Article Download View A note on using performance and data profiles for training … Read more