Nonlinear Distributionally Robust Optimization

This article focuses on a class of distributionally robust optimization (DRO) problems where, unlike the growing body of the literature, the objective function is potentially non-linear in the distribution. Existing methods to optimize nonlinear functions in probability space use the Frechet derivatives, which present both theoretical and computational challenges. Motivated by this, we propose an … Read more

A PDE-Constrained Generalized Nash Equilibrium Approach for Modeling Gas Markets with Transport

We investigate a class of generalized Nash equilibrium problems (GNEPs) in which the objectives of the individuals are interdependent and the shared constraint consists of a system of partial differential equations. This setup is motivated by the modeling of strategic interactions of competing firms, which explicitly take into account the dynamics of transporting a commodity, … Read more

Optimality-Based Discretization Methods for the Global Optimization of Nonconvex Semi-Infinite Programs

We use sensitivity analysis to design optimality-based discretization (cutting-plane) methods for the global optimization of nonconvex semi-infinite programs (SIPs). We begin by formulating the optimal discretization of SIPs as a max-min problem and propose variants that are more computationally tractable. We then use parametric sensitivity theory to design an efficient method for solving these max-min … Read more

Semi-Infinite Mixed Binary and Disjunctive Programs: Applications to Set-Covering with Infinite Demand Points and Implicit Hitting Set Problems

Sherali and Adams [Discrete Applied Math. 157: 1319-1333, 2009] derived convex hull of semi-infinite mixed binary linear programs (SIMBLPs) using Reformulation-Linearization Technique (RLT). In this paper, we study semi-infinite disjunctive programs (SIDPs — a generalization of SIMBLPs) and present linear programming equivalent and valid inequalities for them. We utilize these results for deriving a hierarchy … Read more

Semi-Infinite Generalized Disjunctive and Mixed Integer Convex Programs with(out) Uncertainty

In this paper, we introduce semi-infinite generalized disjunctive programs that are defined by logical propositions along with disjunctions of sets of logical equations and infinite number of algebraic inequalities. We denote these programs by SIGDPs. For SIGDPs with linear and convex inequalities, we present new reformulations: semi-infinite mixed-binary/disjunctive linear programs and semi-infinite mixed-binary/disjunctive convex programs, … Read more

Gas Transport Network Optimization: PDE-Constrained Models

The optimal control of gas transport networks was and still is a very important topic for modern economies and societies. Accordingly, a lot of research has been carried out on this topic during the last years and decades. Besides mixed-integer aspects in gas transport network optimization, one of the main challenges is that a physically … Read more

Duality in convex stochastic optimization

This paper studies duality and optimality conditions in general convex stochastic optimization problems introduced by Rockafellar and Wets in \cite{rw76}. We derive an explicit dual problem in terms of two dual variables, one of which is the shadow price of information while the other one gives the marginal cost of a perturbation much like in … Read more

Semi-infinite models for equilibrium selection

In their seminal work `A General Theory of Equilibrium Selection in Games’ (The MIT Press, 1988) Harsanyi and Selten introduce the notion of payoff dominance to explain how players select some solution of a Nash equilibrium problem from a set of nonunique equilibria. We formulate this concept for generalized Nash equilibrium problems, relax payoff dominance … Read more

Optimal Robust Policy for Feature-Based Newsvendor

We study policy optimization for the feature-based newsvendor, which seeks an end-to-end policy that renders an explicit mapping from features to ordering decisions. Unlike existing works that restrict the policies to some parametric class which may suffer from sub-optimality (such as affine class) or lack of interpretability (such as neural networks), we aim to optimize … Read more

A Stochastic Bregman Primal-Dual Splitting Algorithm for Composite Optimization

We study a stochastic first order primal-dual method for solving convex-concave saddle point problems over real reflexive Banach spaces using Bregman divergences and relative smoothness assumptions, in which we allow for stochastic error in the computation of gradient terms within the algorithm. We show ergodic convergence in expectation of the Lagrangian optimality gap with a … Read more