Duality in convex stochastic optimization

This paper studies duality and optimality conditions in general convex stochastic optimization problems introduced by Rockafellar and Wets in \cite{rw76}. We derive an explicit dual problem in terms of two dual variables, one of which is the shadow price of information while the other one gives the marginal cost of a perturbation much like in … Read more

Risk-Averse Stochastic Optimal Control: an efficiently computable statistical upper bound

In this paper, we discuss an application of the SDDP type algorithm to nested risk-averse formulations of Stochastic Optimal Control (SOC) problems. We propose a construction of a statistical upper bound for the optimal value of risk-averse SOC problems. This outlines an approach to a solution of a long standing problem in that area of … Read more

Stochastic Optimization Models of Insurance Mathematics

The paper overviews stochastic optimization models of insurance mathematics and methods for their solution from the point of view of stochastic programming and stochastic optimal control methodology, with vector optimality criteria. The evolution of an insurance company’s capital is considered in discrete time. The main random variables, which influence this evolution, are levels of payments, … Read more

Path Constraints in Tychastic and Unscented Optimal Control: Theory, Applications and Experimental Results

In recent papers, we have shown that a Lebesgue-Stieltjes optimal control theory forms the foundations for unscented optimal control. In this paper, we further our results by incorporating uncertain mixed state-control constraints in the problem formulation. We show that the integrated Hamiltonian minimization condition resembles a semi-infinite type mathematical programming problem. The resulting computational difficulties … Read more

Two approaches to constrained stochastic optimal control problems

In this article, we study and compare two approaches to solving stochastic optimal control problems with an expectation constraint on the final state. The case of a probability constraint is included in this framework. The first approach is based on a dynamic programming principle and the second one uses Lagrange relaxation. These approaches can be … Read more

A stochastic multiscale model for electricity generation capacity expansion

Long-term planning for electric power systems, or capacity expansion, has traditionally been modeled using simplified models or heuristics to approximate the short-term dynamics. However, current trends such as increasing penetration of intermittent renewable generation and increased demand response requires a coupling of both the long and short term dynamics. We present an efficient method for … Read more

An Efficient Method to Estimate the Suboptimality of Affine Controllers

We consider robust output feedback control of time-varying, linear discrete-time systems operating over a finite horizon. For such systems, we consider the problem of designing robust causal controllers that minimize the expected value of a convex quadratic cost function, subject to mixed linear state and input constraints. Determination of an optimal control policy for such … Read more

A comparison of sample-based Stochastic Optimal Control methods

In this paper, we compare the performance of two scenario-based numerical methods to solve stochastic optimal control problems: scenario trees and particles. The problem consists in finding strategies to control a dynamical system perturbed by exogenous noises so as to minimize some expected cost along a discrete and finite time horizon. We introduce the Mean … Read more

Decomposition of large-scale stochastic optimal control problems

In this paper, we present an Uzawa-based heuristic that is adapted to some type of stochastic optimal control problems. More precisely, we consider dynamical systems that can be divided into small-scale independent subsystems, though linked through a static almost sure coupling constraint at each time step. This type of problem is common in production/portfolio management … Read more