A Successive Linear Relaxation Method for MINLPs with Multivariate Lipschitz Continuous Nonlinearities with Applications to Bilevel Optimization and Gas Transport

We present a novel method for mixed-integer optimization problems with multivariate and Lipschitz continuous nonlinearities. In particular, we do not assume that the nonlinear constraints are explicitly given but that we can only evaluate them and that we know their global Lipschitz constants. The algorithm is a successive linear relaxation method in which we alternate … Read more

Recursive McCormick Linearization of Multilinear Programs

Linear programming (LP) relaxations are widely employed in exact solution methods for multilinear programs (MLP). One example is the family of Recursive McCormick Linearization (RML) strategies, where bilinear products are substituted for artificial variables, which deliver a relaxation of the original problem when introduced together with concave and convex envelopes. In this article, we introduce … Read more

Escaping Spurious Local Minima of Low-Rank Matrix Factorization Through Convex Lifting

This work proposes a rapid global solver for nonconvex low-rank matrix factorization (MF) problems that we name MF-Global. Through convex lifting steps, our method efficiently escapes saddle points and spurious local minima ubiquitous in noisy real-world data, and is guaranteed to always converge to the global optima. Moreover, the proposed approach adaptively adjusts the rank … Read more

Mixed-Integer Programming Techniques for the Minimum Sum-of-Squares Clustering Problem

The minimum sum-of-squares clustering problem is a very important problem in data mining and machine learning with very many applications in, e.g., medicine or social sciences. However, it is known to be NP-hard in all relevant cases and to be notoriously hard to be solved to global optimality in practice. In this paper, we develop … Read more

On a Computationally Ill-Behaved Bilevel Problem with a Continuous and Nonconvex Lower Level

It is well known that bilevel optimization problems are hard to solve both in theory and practice. In this short note, we highlight a further computational difficulty when it comes to solving bilevel problems with continuous but nonconvex lower levels. Even if the lower-level problem is solved to ɛ-feasibility regarding its nonlinear constraints for an … Read more

An oracle-based framework for robust combinatorial optimization

We propose a general solution approach for min-max-robust counterparts of combinatorial optimization problems with uncertain linear objectives. We focus on the discrete scenario case, but our approach can be extended to other types of uncertainty sets such as polytopes or ellipsoids. Concerning the underlying certain problem,the algorithm is entirely oracle-based, i.e., our approach only requires … Read more

Global optimization using random embeddings

We propose a random-subspace algorithmic framework for global optimization of Lipschitz-continuous objectives, and analyse its convergence using novel tools from conic integral geometry. X-REGO randomly projects, in a sequential or simultaneous manner, the high- dimensional original problem into low-dimensional subproblems that can then be solved with any global, or even local, optimization solver. We estimate … Read more

SDP-quality bounds via convex quadratic relaxations for global optimization of mixed-integer quadratic programs

We consider the global optimization of nonconvex mixed-integer quadratic programs with linear equality constraints. In particular, we present a new class of convex quadratic relaxations which are derived via quadratic cuts. To construct these quadratic cuts, we solve a separation problem involving a linear matrix inequality with a special structure that allows the use of … Read more

Penetration depth between two convex polyhedra: An efficient global optimization approach

During the detailed design phase of an aerospace program, one of the most important consistency checks is to ensure that no two distinct objects occupy the same physical space. Since exact geometrical modeling is usually intractable, geometry models are discretized, which often introduces small interferences not present in the fully detailed model. In this paper, … Read more

Beyond local optimality conditions: the case of maximizing a convex function

In this paper, we design an algorithm for maximizing a convex function over a convex feasible set. The algorithm consists of two phases: in phase 1 a feasible solution is obtained that is used as an initial starting point in phase 2. In the latter, a biconvex problem equivalent to the original problem is solved … Read more