Optimization of noisy blackboxes with adaptive precision

In derivative-free and blackbox optimization, the objective function is often evaluated through the execution of a computer program seen as a blackbox. It can be noisy, in the sense that its outputs are contaminated by random errors. Sometimes, the source of these errors is identified and controllable, in the sense that it is possible to … Read more

Robust stochastic optimization with the proximal point method

Standard results in stochastic convex optimization bound the number of samples that an algorithm needs to generate a point with small function value in expectation. In this work, we show that a wide class of such algorithms on strongly convex problems can be augmented with sub-exponential confidence bounds at an overhead cost that is only … Read more

Stochastic model-based minimization of weakly convex functions

We consider an algorithm that successively samples and minimizes stochastic models of the objective function. We show that under weak-convexity and Lipschitz conditions, the algorithm drives the expected norm of the gradient of the Moreau envelope to zero at the rate $O(k^{-1/4})$. Our result yields the first complexity guarantees for the stochastic proximal point algorithm … Read more

Stochastic subgradient method converges at the rate (k^{-1/4})$ on weakly convex function

We prove that the projected stochastic subgradient method, applied to a weakly convex problem, drives the gradient of the Moreau envelope to zero at the rate $O(k^{-1/4})$. Article Download View Stochastic subgradient method converges at the rate (k^{-1/4})$ on weakly convex function

A deterministic algorithm for solving multistage stochastic programming problems

Multistage stochastic programming problems are an important class of optimisation problems, especially in energy planning and scheduling. These problems and their solution methods have been of particular interest to researchers in stochastic programming recently. Because of the large scenario trees that these problems induce, current solution methods require random sampling of the tree in order … Read more

A new Search via Probability Algorithm for solving Engineering Optimization Problems

The Search Algorithms have been introduced in the paper [3][6] under the name ‘Search via Probability Algorithm’. These optimization techniques converge very fast and are very efficient for solving optimization problems with very large scale feasible domains. But these optimization techniques are not effective in solving the numerical optimization problems with long narrow feasible domains. … Read more


This paper proposes a new probabilistic algorithm for solving multi-objective optimization problems – Probability-Driven Search Algorithm. The algorithm uses probabilities to control the process in search of Pareto optimal solutions. Especially, we use the absorbing Markov Chain to argue the convergence of the algorithm. We test this approach by implementing the algorithm on some benchmark … Read more

Approximate Dynamic Programming with Bezier Curves/Surfaces for Top-percentile traffic routing

Multi-homing is used by Internet Service Provider (ISP) to connect to the Internet via different network providers. This study investigates the optimal routing strategy under multi-homing in the case where network providers charge ISPs according to top-percentile pricing (i.e. based on the $\theta$-th highest volume of traffic shipped). We call this problem the Top-percentile Traffic … Read more

On-Line Economic Optimization of Energy Systems Using Weather Forecast Information

We establish an on-line optimization framework to exploit weather forecast information in the operation of energy systems. We argue that anticipating the weather conditions can lead to more proactive and cost-effective operations. The framework is based on the solution of a stochastic dynamic real-time optimization (D-RTO) problem incorporating forecasts generated from a state-of-the-art weather prediction … Read more

On the Optimal On-Line Management of Photovoltaic-Hydrogen Hybrid Energy Systems

We present an on-line management strategy for photovoltaic-hydrogen (PV-H2) hybrid energy systems. The strategy follows a receding-horizon principle and exploits solar radiation forecasts and statistics generated through a Gaussian process model. We demonstrate that incorporating forecast information can dramatically improve the reliability and economic performance of these promising energy production devices. Article Download View On … Read more