GALINI: An extensible mixed-integer quadratically-constrained optimization solver

We present GALINI, an open source solver for nonconvex mixed-integer quadratically-constrained quadratic programs formulated with the Python algebraic modeling library Pyomo. GALINI uses Pyomo to represent optimization problems and leverages the existing library ecosystem to implement different parts of the solver. GALINI includes a generic branch \& bound algorithm that can be use develop new … Read more

Scoring positive semidefinite cutting planes for quadratic optimization via trained neural networks

Semidefinite programming relaxations complement polyhedral relaxations for quadratic optimization, but global optimization solvers built on polyhedral relaxations cannot fully exploit this advantage. This paper develops linear outer-approximations of semidefinite constraints that can be effectively integrated into global solvers. The difference from previous work is that our proposed cuts are (i) sparser with respect to the … Read more

Piecewise Parametric Structure in the Pooling Problem – from Sparse Strongly-Polynomial Solutions to NP-Hardness

The standard pooling problem is a NP-hard sub-class of non-convex quadratically-constrained optimization problems that commonly arises in process systems engineering applications. We take a parametric approach to uncovering topological structure and sparsity of the standard pooling problem in its p-formulation. The structure uncovered in this approach validates Professor Christodoulos A. Floudas’ intuition that pooling problems … Read more

Robust Numerical Calibration for Implied Volatility Expansion Models

Implied volatility expansions allow calibration of sophisticated volatility models. They provide an accurate fit and parametrization of implied volatility surfaces that is consistent with empirical observations. Fine-grained higher order expansions offer a better fit but pose the challenge of finding a robust, stable and computationally tractable calibration procedure due to a large number of market … Read more