Optimality, identifiability, and sensitivity

Around a solution of an optimization problem, an “identifiable” subset of the feasible region is one containing all nearby solutions after small perturbations to the problem. A quest for only the most essential ingredients of sensitivity analysis leads us to consider identifiable sets that are “minimal”. This new notion lays a broad and intuitive variational-analytic … Read more

Sensitivity analysis for relaxed optimal control problems with final-state constraints

In this article, we compute a second-order expansion of the value function of a family of relaxed optimal control problems with final-state constraints, parameterized by a perturbation variable. The sensitivity analysis is performed for controls that we call R-strong solutions. They are optimal solutions with respect to the set of feasible controls with a uniform … Read more

Sensitivity analysis for the outages of nuclear power plants

Nuclear power plants must be regularly shut down in order to perform refueling and maintenance operations. The scheduling of the outages is the first problem to be solved in electricity production management. It is a hard combinatorial problem for which an exact solving is impossible. Our approach consists in modelling the problem by a two-level … Read more

Sensitivity analysis for two-level value functions with applications to bilevel programming

This paper contributes to a deeper understanding of the link between a now conventional framework in hierarchical optimization spread under the name of the optimistic bilevel problem and its initial more dicult formulation that we call here the original optimistic bilevel optimization problem. It follows from this research that, although the process of deriving necessary … Read more

Partial Smoothness,Tilt Stability, and Generalized Hessians

We compare two recent variational-analytic approaches to second-order conditions and sensitivity analysis for nonsmooth optimization. We describe a broad setting where computing the generalized Hessian of Mordukhovich is easy. In this setting, the idea of tilt stability introduced by Poliquin and Rockafellar is equivalent to a classical smooth second-order condition. Article Download View Partial Smoothness,Tilt … Read more

First order dependence on uncertainty sets in robust optimization

We show that a first order problem can approximate solutions of a robust optimization problem when the uncertainty set is scaled, and explore further properties of this first order problem. Article Download View First order dependence on uncertainty sets in robust optimization

Necessary Optimality Conditions for two-stage Stochastic Programs with Equilibrium Constraints

Developing first order optimality conditions for a two-stage stochastic mathematical program with equilibrium constraints (SMPEC) whose second stage problem has multiple equilibria/solutions is a challenging undone work. In this paper we take this challenge by considering a general class of two-stage whose equilibrium constraints are represented by a parametric variational inequality (where the first stage … Read more

A Fast Moving Horizon Estimation Algorithm Based on Nonlinear Programming Sensitivity

Moving Horizon Estimation (MHE) is an efficient optimization-based strategy for state estimation. Despite the attractiveness of this method, its application in industrial settings has been rather limited. This has been mainly due to the difficulty to solve, in real-time, the associated dynamic optimization problems. In this work, a fast MHE algorithm able to overcome this … Read more

Approximate Level Method

In this paper we propose and analyze a variant of the level method [4], which is an algorithm for minimizing nonsmooth convex functions. The main work per iteration is spent on 1) minimizing a piecewise-linear model of the objective function and on 2) projecting onto the intersection of the feasible region and a polyhedron arising … Read more

Optimal control of a parabolic equation with time-dependent state constraints

In this paper we study the optimal control problem of the heat equation by a distributed control over a subset of the domain, in the presence of a state constraint. The latter is integral over the space and has to be satisfied at each time. Using for the first time the technique of alternative optimality … Read more