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A methodology for multicriteria stochastic anticipatory optimization

Grant number: 12/16504-5
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2012
Effective date (End): August 31, 2014
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Computer Science - Computational Mathematics
Principal Investigator:Fernando José von Zuben
Grantee:Carlos Renato Belo Azevedo
Host Institution: Faculdade de Engenharia Elétrica e de Computação (FEEC). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


This research project aims to design new sequential decision-making systems, operating in uncertain environments under multiple conflicting optimization criteria. It is assumed that the dynamics of the system under control (in discrete time and over a finite horizon) is linear and that the exogenous uncertainty can be estimated by parametric probabilistic models. In this context, four challenges are covered, namely: (1) the learning of probabilistic models capable of measuring the influence of the decisions implemented on the future operating costs; (2) the determination of stochastic policies capable of modeling the decision maker; (3) the determination of the risks of violating the problem constraints; and (4) the incorporation of partial preferences in the decision making process. It is emphasized that research activity on the treatment of multiple conflicting criteria and the incorporation of chance-constraints is scarce, considering the literature of anticipatory meta-heuristics and approximate dynamic programming. As its main contribution, this project proposes a new methodology as well as tools to allow for the effective synthesis of anticipatory multicriteria decision-making systems. The methodology will be investigated over a broad class of problems, ranging from vendor managed inventory-routing problems; optimization of financial and product portfolios, and the control of public transport systems operating in real time.

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AZEVEDO, CARLOS R. B.; VON ZUBEN, FERNANDO J.. Learning to Anticipate Flexible Choices in Multiple Criteria Decision-Making Under Uncertainty. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON CYBERNETICS, v. 46, n. 3, p. 778-791, . (12/16504-5)
Academic Publications
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AZEVEDO, Carlos Renato Belo. Antecipação na tomada de decisão com múltiplos critérios sob incerteza. 2014. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Faculdade de Engenharia Elétrica e de Computação Campinas, SP.

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