Multiobjective Optimal Control of Partial Differential Equations Using Reduced-Order Modeling


The principal aim of this project is to develop efficient numerical techniques for the computation of the Pareto set of PDE-constrained multiobjective optimal control problems. This set encompasses the optimal compromises between several, typically conflicting objectives. The solution of the partial differential equations contained in the problem formulation requires a considerable numerical effort. Therefore, already the solution of a single-objective optimization problem often becomes a challenge, and the solution of a multiobjective optimization problem with PDE constraints quickly becomes practically infeasible. To solve this problem, in this project we will combine model reduction techniques for partial differential equations with algorithms for the set oriented solution of multiobjective optimization problems.

To develop efficient numerical methods, we will first analyse existing methods for the solution of multiobjective optimization problems with respect to their behavior in the presence of inexact function and derivative evaluations. Secondly, we will extend these algorithms to enable them to deal with reduced models. Usage of such models, which are derived on the basis of the well-known proper orthogonal decomposition (POD), introduces an approximation error that propagates into errors in further quantities that are essential for the application of the above-mentioned method. For this reason we will derive analytical bounds for the magnitudes of these errors which allow us to understand the dependence of the errors on parameters used in the model reduction procedure. Subsequently, this makes it possible to develop algorithms adapted to the considered problem class that utilize automatically chosen model reduction strategies.

We will first realize the above-sketched research program for a specific problem class. In the later stages of the project, more complex problem formulations will be considered that include e.g. state constraints or non-smooth objective functions.


No publications from this project yet.


Dennis Beermann, Michael Dellnitz, Sebastian Peitz, Stefan Volkwein: POD-Based Multiobjective Optimal Control of PDEs with Non-smooth Objectives (SPP1962-024, 06/2017, [bib])

Dennis Beermann, Michael Dellnitz, Sebastian Peitz, Stefan Volkwein: Set-Oriented Multiobjective Optimal Control of PDEs using Proper Orthogonal Decomposition (SPP1962-017, 04/2017, [bib])

Stefan Banholzer, Dennis Beermann, Stefan Volkwein: POD-Based Bicriterial Optimal Control by the Reference Point Method (SPP1962-014, 04/2017, [bib])

Stefan Banholzer, Dennis Beermann, Stefan Volkwein: POD-Based Error Control for Reduced-Order Bicriterial PDE-Constrained Optimization (SPP1962-015, 04/2017, [bib])

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    Prof. Michael Dellnitz

    Universität Paderborn
    Principal Investigator
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    Prof. Stefan Volkwein

    Universität Konstanz
    Principal Investigator
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    Stefan Bauholzer

    Universität Konstanz
    Research Assistant

Project Related News

  • 12. 04. 2017 : Welcome to our new project member

    Stefan Bauholzer joins project 5.