Personnel scheduling during Covid-19 pandemic

This paper addresses a real-life personnel scheduling problem in the context of Covid-19 pandemic, arising in a large Italian pharmaceutical distribution warehouse. In this case study, the challenge is to determine a schedule that attempts to meet the contractual working time of the employees, considering the fact that they must be divided into mutually exclusive … Read more

Successive Quadratic Upper-Bounding for Discrete Mean-Risk Minimization and Network Interdiction

The advances in conic optimization have led to its increased utilization for modeling data uncertainty. In particular, conic mean-risk optimization gained prominence in probabilistic and robust optimization. Whereas the corresponding conic models are solved efficiently over convex sets, their discrete counterparts are intractable. In this paper, we give a highly effective successive quadratic upper-bounding procedure … Read more

A deterministic algorithm for solving stochastic minimax dynamic programmes

In this paper, we present an algorithm for solving stochastic minimax dynamic programmes where state and action sets are convex and compact. A feature of the formulations studied is the simultaneous non-rectangularity of both `min’ and `max’ feasibility sets. We begin by presenting convex programming upper and lower bound representations of saddle functions — extending … Read more

Lifted Polymatroid Inequalities for Mean-Risk Optimization with Indicator Variables

We investigate a mixed 0-1 conic quadratic optimization problem with indicator variables arising in mean-risk optimization. The indicator variables are often used to model non-convexities such as fixed charges or cardinality constraints. Observing that the problem reduces to a submodular function minimization for its binary restriction, we derive three classes of strong convex valid inequalities … Read more

A practicable framework for distributionally robust linear optimization

We developed a modular framework to obtain exact and approximate solutions to a class of linear optimization problems with recourse with the goal to minimize the worst-case expected objective over an ambiguity set of distributions. The ambiguity set is specified by linear and conic quadratic representable expectation constraints and the support set is also linear … Read more

Preferences for Travel Time under Risk and Ambiguity: Implications in Path Selection and Network Equilibrium

In this paper, we study the preferences for uncertain travel time in which the probability distribution may not be fully characterized. In evaluating an uncertain travel time, we explicitly distinguish between risk, where probability distribution is precisely known, and ambiguity, where it is not. In particular, we propose a new criterion called ambiguity-aware CARA travel … Read more

New Formulations for Optimization Under Stochastic Dominance Constraints

Stochastic dominance constraints allow a decision-maker to manage risk in an optimization setting by requiring their decision to yield a random outcome which stochastically dominates a reference random outcome. We present new integer and linear programming formulations for optimization under first and second-order stochastic dominance constraints, respectively. These formulations are more compact than existing formulations, … Read more

Goal Driven Optimization

Achieving a targeted objective, goal or aspiration level are relevant aspects of decision making under uncertainties. We develop a goal driven stochastic optimization model that takes into account an aspiration level. Our model maximizes the shortfall aspiration level criterion}, which encompasses the probability of success in achieving the goal and an expected level of under-performance … Read more

Conditional Risk Mappings

We introduce an axiomatic definition of a conditional convex risk mapping and we derive its properties. In particular, we prove a representation theorem for conditional risk mappings in terms of conditional expectations. We also develop dynamic programming relations for multistage optimization problems involving conditional risk mappings. Citation Preprint Article Download View Conditional Risk Mappings

Portfolio Optimization with Stochastic Dominance Constraints

We consider the problem of constructing a portfolio of finitely many assets whose returns are described by a discrete joint distribution. We propose a new portfolio optimization model involving stochastic dominance constraints on the portfolio return. We develop optimality and duality theory for these models. We construct equivalent optimization models with utility functions. Numerical illustration … Read more