386090 Extending the Scope of Mixed-Integer Nonlinear Programming Techniques to Black-Box Systems

Monday, November 17, 2014: 1:45 PM
401 - 402 (Hilton Atlanta)
Nick Sahinidis1, Alison Cozad1 and David C. Miller2, (1)Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, (2)U.S. Department Of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory, Pittsburgh, PA

First introduced in process systems engineering by Ignacio Grossmann in the late 70s, algebraic MINLP approaches are now a mainstream approach for many problems in process synthesis and process operations.  In order to extend the scope and applicability of MINLP to simulation-based and experiment-based optimization, we have developed methodology to solve the following key problems:
  1. Converting data and simulations to surrogate models that are  accurate and as simple as possible
  2. Exploitation of theoretical understanding in the building of empirical models
  3. Discovery of highly nonlinear relationships that are hidden in data

This talk will discuss the above methodologies and their computational implementation in our ALAMO software.

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