Considering homeowner acceptance of retrofit measures within energy supply network optimization

A key factor towards a low-carbon society is energy efficient heating of private houses. The choice of heating technology as well as the decision for certain energy-efficient house renovations are made mainly by individual homeowners. In contrast, municipal energy network planning heavily depends on and strongly affects these decisions. Further, there are different conflicting objectives … Read more

Computing an approximation of the nondominated set of multi-objective mixed-integer nonlinear optimization problems

In practical applications, one often has not only one, but several objectives that need to be optimized simultaneously. What is more, modeling such real world problems usually involves using both, continuous and integer variables. This then results in multi-objective mixed-integer optimization problems, which are in focus of this paper. We present an approximation concept, called … Read more

Solving Hard Bi-objective Knapsack Problems Using Deep Reinforcement Learning

We study a class of bi-objective integer programs known as bi-objective knapsack problems (BOKPs). Our research focuses on the development of innovative exact and approximate solution methods for BOKPs by synergizing algorithmic concepts from two distinct domains: multi-objective integer programming and (deep) reinforcement learning. While novel reinforcement learning techniques have been applied successfully to single-objective … Read more

A Criterion Space Search Feasibility Pump Heuristic for Solving Maximum Multiplicative Programs

We study a class of nonlinear optimization problems with diverse practical applications, particularly in cooperative game theory. These problems are referred to as Maximum Multiplicative Programs (MMPs), and can be conceived as instances of “Optimization Over the Frontier” in multiobjective optimization. To solve MMPs, we introduce a feasibility pump-based heuristic that is specifically designed to … Read more

A novel UCB-based batch strategy for Bayesian optimization

The optimization of expensive black-box functions appears in many situations. Bayesian optimization methods have been successfully applied to solve these prob- lems using well-known single-point acquisition functions. Nowadays, the develop- ments in technology allow us to perform evaluations of some of these expensive function in parallel. Therefore, there is a need for batch infill criteria … Read more

An approximation algorithm for multi-objective mixed-integer convex optimization

In this article we introduce an algorithm that approximates Pareto fronts of multiobjective mixed-integer convex optimization problems. The algorithm constructs an inner and outer approximation of the front exploiting the convexity of the patches and is applicable to problems with an arbitrary number of criteria. In the algorithm, the problem is decomposed into patches, which … Read more

Bilevel optimization with a multi-objective lower-level problem: Risk-neutral and risk-averse formulations

In this work, we propose different formulations and gradient-based algorithms for deterministic and stochastic bilevel problems with conflicting objectives in the lower level. Such problems have received little attention in the deterministic case and have never been studied from a stochastic approximation viewpoint despite the recent advances in stochastic methods for single-level, bilevel, and multi-objective … Read more

Improved Front Steepest Descent for Multi-objective Optimization

In this paper, we deal with the Front Steepest Descent algorithm for multi-objective optimization. We point out that the algorithm from the literature is often incapable, by design, of spanning large portions of the Pareto front. We thus introduce some modifications within the algorithm aimed to overcome this significant limitation. We prove that the asymptotic … Read more

A Proximal Gradient Method for Multi-objective Optimization Problems Using Bregman Functions

In this paper, a globally convergent proximal gradient method is developed for convex multi-objective optimization problems using Bregman distance. The proposed method is free from any kind of a priori chosen parameters or ordering information of objective functions. At every iteration of the proposed method, a subproblem is solved to find a descent direction. This … Read more

Advancements in the computation of enclosures for multi-objective optimization problems

A central goal for multi-objective optimization problems is to compute their nondominated sets. In most cases these sets consist of infinitely many points and it is not a practical approach to compute them exactly. One solution to overcome this problem is to compute an enclosure, a special kind of coverage, of the nondominated set. One … Read more