A Tractable Approach for designing Piecewise Affine Policies in Two-stage Adjustable Robust Optimization

We consider the problem of designing piecewise affine policies for two-stage adjustable robust linear optimization problems under right-hand side uncertainty. It is well known that a piecewise affine policy is optimal although the number of pieces can be exponentially large. A significant challenge in designing a practical piecewise affine policy is constructing good pieces of … Read more

Adaptive Distributionally Robust Optimization

We develop a modular and tractable framework for solving an adaptive distributionally robust linear opti- mization problem, where we minimize the worst-case expected cost over an ambiguity set of probability dis- tributions. The adaptive distrbutaionally robust optimization framework caters for dynamic decision making, where decisions can adapt to the uncertain outcomes as they unfold in … Read more

Piecewise static policies for two-stage adjustable robust linear optimization problems under uncertainty

In this paper, we consider two-stage adjustable robust linear optimization problems under uncertain constraints and study the performance of piecewise static policies. These are a generalization of static policies where we divide the uncertainty set into several pieces and specify a static solution for each piece. We show that in general there is no piecewise … Read more

Multistage Robust Mixed Integer Optimization with Adaptive Partitions

We present a new partition-and-bound method for multistage adaptive mixed integer optimization (AMIO) problems that extends previous work on finite adaptability. The approach analyzes the optimal solution to a static (non-adaptive) version of an AMIO problem to gain insight into which regions of the uncertainty set are restricting the objective function value. We use this … Read more

Binary Decision Rules for Multistage Adaptive Mixed-Integer Optimization

Decision rules provide a flexible toolbox for solving the computationally demanding, multistage adaptive optimization problems. There is a plethora of real-valued decision rules that are highly scalable and achieve good quality solutions. On the other hand, existing binary decision rule structures tend to produce good quality solutions at the expense of limited scalability, and are … Read more

Design of Near Optimal Decision Rules in Multistage Adaptive Mixed-Integer Optimization

In recent years, decision rules have been established as the preferred solution method for addressing computationally demanding, multistage adaptive optimization problems. Despite their success, existing decision rules (a) are typically constrained by their a priori design and (b) do not incorporate in their modeling adaptive binary decisions. To address these problems, we first derive the … Read more

On the Power of Robust Solutions in Two-Stage Stochastic and Adaptive Optimization Problems

We consider a two-stage mixed integer stochastic optimization problem and show that a static robust solution is a good approximation to the fully-adaptable two-stage solution for the stochastic problem under fairly general assumptions on the uncertainty set and the probability distribution. In particular, we show that if the right hand side of the constraints is … Read more