Arvind Raghunathan

Arvind Raghunathan
  • Biography

    Arvind's research focuses on algorithms for optimization of large-scale nonlinear and mixed integer nonlinear programs with applications in power grid, transportation systems and model-based control of processes. He previously worked at the United Technologies Research Center for 7 years developing optimization algorithms for aerospace, elevator, energy systems and security businesses.

  • Recent News & Events

    •  NEWS   Arvind Raghunathan to serve on SIAG/OPT Early Career Prize committee
      Date: May 26, 2020
      Where: 2020 SIAM Conference on Optimization, Hong Kong
      MERL Contact: Arvind Raghunathan
      Research Area: Optimization
      Brief
      • Arvind Raghunathan, Data Analytics, has been invited to serve on the SIAM Activity Group on Optimization Early Career Prize (SIAG/OPT Early Career Prize) committee. Instituted in 2018, the SIAG/OPT Early Career Prize is awarded every three years to an outstanding early career researcher in the field of optimization for distinguished contributions to the field in the six calendar years prior to the award year. The 2020 SIAG/OPT Early Career Prize will be awarded during the 2020 SIAM Conference on Optimization to be held in Hong Kong.

        Arvind Raghunathan will also host a mini-symposium on global optimization titled "Global Optimization of MINLP: Recent Advances". The mini-symposium will feature talks related to theoretical and algorithmic aspects of global optimization.
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    •  NEWS   Data Analytics group presents 4 invited talks at 2019 INFORMS Annual Meeting
      Date: October 21, 2019 - October 23, 2019
      MERL Contact: Arvind Raghunathan
      Research Area: Optimization
      Brief
      • Arvind Raghunathan, of MERL's Data Analytics group, and collaborators will present 4 invited talks at 2019 Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) Annual Meeting. The talks cover a broad range of topics including decision diagrams, algorithms for mixed integer quadratic, applications in transportation and integration of prescriptive and predictive analytics.

        INFORMS is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to and promoting best practices and advances in operations research, management science, and analytics to improve operational processes, decision-making, and outcomes. INFORMS Annual Meeting is a premier annual conference bringing together researchers and practitioners in operations research and management science.
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  • MERL Publications

    •  Jha, D., Kolaric, P., Romeres, D., Raghunathan, A., Benosman, M., Nikovski, D.N., "Robust Optimization for Trajectory-Centric Model-based Reinforcement Learning", NeurIPS Workshop on Safety and Robustness in Decision Making, December 2019.
      BibTeX Download PDFAbout TR2019-156
      • @inproceedings{Jha2019dec2,
      • author = {Jha, Devesh and Kolaric, Patrik and Romeres, Diego and Raghunathan, Arvind and Benosman, Mouhacine and Nikovski, Daniel N.},
      • title = {Robust Optimization for Trajectory-Centric Model-based Reinforcement Learning},
      • booktitle = {NeurIPS Workshop on Safety and Robustness in Decision Making},
      • year = 2019,
      • month = dec,
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2019-156}
      • }
    •  Jha, D., Raghunathan, A., Romeres, D., "QNTRPO: Including Curvature in TRPO", Optimization Foundations for Reinforcement Learning Workshop at NeurIPS, December 2019.
      BibTeX Download PDFAbout TR2019-154
      • @inproceedings{Jha2019dec,
      • author = {Jha, Devesh and Raghunathan, Arvind and Romeres, Diego},
      • title = {QNTRPO: Including Curvature in TRPO},
      • booktitle = {Optimization Foundations for Reinforcement Learning Workshop at NeurIPS},
      • year = 2019,
      • month = dec,
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2019-154}
      • }
    •  Jha, D., Raghunathan, A., Romeres, D., "Quasi-Newton Trust Region Policy Optimization", Conference on Robot Learning (CoRL), October 2019.
      BibTeX Download PDFAbout TR2019-120
      • @inproceedings{Jha2019oct,
      • author = {Jha, Devesh and Raghunathan, Arvind and Romeres, Diego},
      • title = {Quasi-Newton Trust Region Policy Optimization},
      • booktitle = {Conference on Robot Learning (CoRL)},
      • year = 2019,
      • month = oct,
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2019-120}
      • }
    •  Raghunathan, A., Cherian, A., Jha, D., "Game Theoretic Optimization via Gradient-based Nikaido-Isoda Function", International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML), June 2019.
      BibTeX Download PDFAbout TR2019-045
      • @inproceedings{Raghunathan2019jun,
      • author = {Raghunathan, Arvind and Cherian, Anoop and Jha, Devesh},
      • title = {Game Theoretic Optimization via Gradient-based Nikaido-Isoda Function},
      • booktitle = {International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML)},
      • year = 2019,
      • month = jun,
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2019-045}
      • }
    •  Serra, T., Raghunathan, A., Bergman, D., Hooker, J., Kobori, S., "Last-Mile Scheduling Under Uncertainty", International Conference on the Integration of Constraint Programming, Artificial Intelligence, and Operations Research, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-19212-9_34, June 2019, vol. 11494, pp. 519-528.
      BibTeX Download PDFAbout TR2019-040
      • @inproceedings{Serra2019jun,
      • author = {Serra, Thiago and Raghunathan, Arvind and Bergman, David and Hooker, John and Kobori, Shingo},
      • title = {Last-Mile Scheduling Under Uncertainty},
      • booktitle = {International Conference on the Integration of Constraint Programming, Artificial Intelligence, and Operations Research},
      • year = 2019,
      • volume = 11494,
      • pages = {519--528},
      • month = jun,
      • doi = {10.1007/978-3-030-19212-9_34},
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2019-040}
      • }
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  • Other Publications

    •  Arvind U Raghunathan, "Global Optimization of Nonlinear Network Design", SIAM Journal on Optimization, Vol. 23, No. 1, pp. 268-295, 2013.
      BibTeX
      • @Article{raghunathan2013global,
      • author = {Raghunathan, Arvind U},
      • title = {Global Optimization of Nonlinear Network Design},
      • journal = {SIAM Journal on Optimization},
      • year = 2013,
      • volume = 23,
      • number = 1,
      • pages = {268--295},
      • publisher = {Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics}
      • }
    •  Arvind U Raghunathan and Sudha Krishnamurthy, "A distributed anytime algorithm for maximizing occupant comfort", American Control Conference (ACC), 2012, pp. 1059-1066.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{raghunathan2012distributed,
      • author = {Raghunathan, Arvind U and Krishnamurthy, Sudha},
      • title = {A distributed anytime algorithm for maximizing occupant comfort},
      • booktitle = {American Control Conference (ACC)},
      • year = 2012,
      • pages = {1059--1066},
      • organization = {IEEE}
      • }
    •  Ashutosh Tewari, Michael J Giering and Arvind Raghunathan, "Parametric Characterization of Multimodal Distributions with Non-Gaussian Modes", IEEE 11th International Conference on Data Mining Workshops (ICDMW), 2011, pp. 286-292.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{tewari2011parametric,
      • author = {Tewari, Ashutosh and Giering, Michael J and Raghunathan, Arvind},
      • title = {Parametric Characterization of Multimodal Distributions with Non-Gaussian Modes},
      • booktitle = {IEEE 11th International Conference on Data Mining Workshops (ICDMW)},
      • year = 2011,
      • pages = {286--292},
      • organization = {IEEE}
      • }
    •  Umesh Vaidya, Baskar Ganapathysubramanian and Arvind Raghunathan, "Transfer operator method for control in fluid flows", Proceedings of the 48th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, held jointly with the 28th Chinese Control Conference (CDC/CCC), 2009, pp. 1806-1811.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{vaidya2009transfer,
      • author = {Vaidya, Umesh and Ganapathysubramanian, Baskar and Raghunathan, Arvind},
      • title = {Transfer operator method for control in fluid flows},
      • booktitle = {Proceedings of the 48th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, held jointly with the 28th Chinese Control Conference (CDC/CCC)},
      • year = 2009,
      • pages = {1806--1811},
      • organization = {IEEE}
      • }
    •  A Diwadkar, U Vaidya and AU Raghunathan, "Lyapunov measure and control of periodic orbit", IEEE International Conference on Electro/Information Technology (EIT), 2008, pp. 48-53.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{diwadkar2008lyapunov,
      • author = {Diwadkar, A and Vaidya, U and Raghunathan, AU},
      • title = {Lyapunov measure and control of periodic orbit},
      • booktitle = {IEEE International Conference on Electro/Information Technology (EIT)},
      • year = 2008,
      • pages = {48--53},
      • organization = {IEEE}
      • }
    •  Arvind U Raghunathan and Umesh Vaidya, "Optimal stabilization using Lyapunov measure", American Control Conference (ACC), 2008, pp. 1746-1751.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{raghunathan2008optimal,
      • author = {Raghunathan, Arvind U and Vaidya, Umesh},
      • title = {Optimal stabilization using Lyapunov measure},
      • booktitle = {American Control Conference (ACC)},
      • year = 2008,
      • pages = {1746--1751},
      • organization = {IEEE}
      • }
    •  Francesco Borrelli, Dharmashankar Subramanian, Arvind U Raghunathan and Lorenz T Biegler, "MILP and NLP techniques for centralized trajectory planning of multiple unmanned air vehicles", American Control Conference (ACC), 2006.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{borrelli2006milp,
      • author = {Borrelli, Francesco and Subramanian, Dharmashankar and Raghunathan, Arvind U and Biegler, Lorenz T},
      • title = {MILP and NLP techniques for centralized trajectory planning of multiple unmanned air vehicles},
      • booktitle = {American Control Conference (ACC)},
      • year = 2006,
      • organization = {IEEE}
      • }
    •  Arvind U Raghunathan, J Ricardo Pérez-Correa, Eduardo Agosin and Lorenz T Biegler, "Parameter estimation in metabolic flux balance models for batch fermentation - Formulation & Solution using Differential Variational Inequalities (DVIs)", Annals of Operations Research, Vol. 148, No. 1, pp. 251-270, 2006.
      BibTeX
      • @Article{raghunathan2006parameter,
      • author = {Raghunathan, Arvind U and Perez-Correa, J Ricardo and Agosin, Eduardo and Biegler, Lorenz T},
      • title = {Parameter estimation in metabolic flux balance models for batch fermentation - Formulation & Solution using Differential Variational Inequalities (DVIs)},
      • journal = {Annals of Operations Research},
      • year = 2006,
      • volume = 148,
      • number = 1,
      • pages = {251--270},
      • publisher = {Springer}
      • }
    •  Arvind U Raghunathan and Lorenz T Biegler, "An interior point method for mathematical programs with complementarity constraints (MPCCs)", SIAM Journal on Optimization, Vol. 15, No. 3, pp. 720-750, 2005.
      BibTeX
      • @Article{raghunathan2005interior,
      • author = {Raghunathan, Arvind U and Biegler, Lorenz T},
      • title = {An interior point method for mathematical programs with complementarity constraints (MPCCs)},
      • journal = {SIAM Journal on Optimization},
      • year = 2005,
      • volume = 15,
      • number = 3,
      • pages = {720--750},
      • publisher = {Philadelphia, Pa.: The Society, c1991-}
      • }
    •  Arvind U Raghunathan, Vipin Gopal, Dharmashankar Subramanian, Lorenz T Biegler and Tariq Samad, "Dynamic optimization strategies for three-dimensional conflict resolution of multiple aircraft", Journal of guidance, control, and dynamics, Vol. 27, No. 4, pp. 586-594, 2004.
      BibTeX
      • @Article{raghunathan2004dynamic,
      • author = {Raghunathan, Arvind U and Gopal, Vipin and Subramanian, Dharmashankar and Biegler, Lorenz T and Samad, Tariq},
      • title = {Dynamic optimization strategies for three-dimensional conflict resolution of multiple aircraft},
      • journal = {Journal of guidance, control, and dynamics},
      • year = 2004,
      • volume = 27,
      • number = 4,
      • pages = {586--594},
      • publisher = {American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics}
      • }
    •  Arvind U Raghunathan, M Soledad Diaz and Lorenz T Biegler, "An MPEC formulation for dynamic optimization of distillation operations", Computers & chemical engineering, Vol. 28, No. 10, pp. 2037-2052, 2004.
      BibTeX
      • @Article{raghunathan2004mpec,
      • author = {Raghunathan, Arvind U and Soledad Diaz, M and Biegler, Lorenz T},
      • title = {An MPEC formulation for dynamic optimization of distillation operations},
      • journal = {Computers & chemical engineering},
      • year = 2004,
      • volume = 28,
      • number = 10,
      • pages = {2037--2052},
      • publisher = {Elsevier}
      • }
    •  F Borrelli, D Subramanian, AU Raghunathan, LT Biegler and T Samad, "A comparison between mixed integer programming and nonlinear programming techniques for 3d conflict resolution of multiple aircraft," Tech. Rep., Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota, 2003.
      BibTeX
      • @Techreport{borrelli2003comparison,
      • author = {Borrelli, F and Subramanian, D and Raghunathan, AU and Biegler, LT and Samad, T},
      • title = {A comparison between mixed integer programming and nonlinear programming techniques for 3d conflict resolution of multiple aircraft},
      • institution = {Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota},
      • year = 2003,
      • address = {Minnesota, Minneapolis}
      • }
    •  Arvind U Raghunathan, Vipin Gopal, Dharmashankar Subramanian, Lorenz T Biegler and Tariq Samad, "3D conflict resolution of multiple aircraft via dynamic optimization", AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference and Exhibit (AIAA), 2003.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{raghunathan20033d,
      • author = {Raghunathan, Arvind U and Gopal, Vipin and Subramanian, Dharmashankar and Biegler, Lorenz T and Samad, Tariq},
      • title = {3D conflict resolution of multiple aircraft via dynamic optimization},
      • booktitle = {AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference and Exhibit (AIAA)},
      • year = 2003
      • }
    •  Arvind U Raghunathan, J Ricardo Pérez-Correa and Lorenz T Bieger, "Data reconciliation and parameter estimation in flux-balance analysis", Biotechnology and bioengineering, Vol. 84, No. 6, pp. 700-709, 2003.
      BibTeX
      • @Article{raghunathan2003data,
      • author = {Raghunathan, Arvind U and Perez-Correa, J Ricardo and Bieger, Lorenz T},
      • title = {Data reconciliation and parameter estimation in flux-balance analysis},
      • journal = {Biotechnology and bioengineering},
      • year = 2003,
      • volume = 84,
      • number = 6,
      • pages = {700--709},
      • publisher = {Wiley Online Library}
      • }
    •  Arvind U Raghunathan and Lorenz T Biegler, "Mathematical programs with equilibrium constraints (MPECs) in process engineering", Computers & chemical engineering, Vol. 27, No. 10, pp. 1381-1392, 2003.
      BibTeX
      • @Article{raghunathan2003mathematical,
      • author = {Raghunathan, Arvind U and Biegler, Lorenz T},
      • title = {Mathematical programs with equilibrium constraints (MPECs) in process engineering},
      • journal = {Computers & chemical engineering},
      • year = 2003,
      • volume = 27,
      • number = 10,
      • pages = {1381--1392},
      • publisher = {Elsevier}
      • }
    •  A Raghunathan and LT Biegler, "Barrier methods for mathematical programs with complementarity constraints (MPCCs)," Tech. Rep., Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Chemical Engineering, 2002.
      BibTeX
      • @Techreport{raghunathan2002barrier,
      • author = {Raghunathan, A and Biegler, LT},
      • title = {Barrier methods for mathematical programs with complementarity constraints (MPCCs)},
      • institution = {Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Chemical Engineering},
      • year = 2002
      • }
    •  A Raghunathan and LT Biegler, "MPEC formulations and algorithms in process engineering", Computers and Chemical Engineering, Vol. 27, pp. 1381-1392, 2002.
      BibTeX
      • @Article{raghunathan2002mpec,
      • author = {Raghunathan, A and Biegler, LT},
      • title = {MPEC formulations and algorithms in process engineering},
      • journal = {Computers and Chemical Engineering},
      • year = 2002,
      • volume = 27,
      • pages = {1381--1392}
      • }
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    • Title: "Systems and Methods for Resource Allocation for Management Systems"
      Inventors: Raghunathan, Arvind U; Bergman, David; Sahinidis, Nikolaos V
      Patent No.: 10,362,139
      Issue Date: Jul 23, 2019
    • Title: "Decentralized Control of Electricity Passing through Electrical Grid"
      Inventors: Raghunathan, Arvind U
      Patent No.: 10,243,361
      Issue Date: Mar 26, 2019
    • Title: "Optimizing Operations of Multiple Air-Conditioning Units"
      Inventors: Raghunathan, Arvind U; Nikovski, Daniel N.
      Patent No.: 10,161,649
      Issue Date: Dec 25, 2018
    • Title: "System and Method for Group Elevator Scheduling Based on Submodular Optimization"
      Inventors: Nikovski, Daniel N.; Raghunathan, Arvind U; Ramalingam, Srikumar
      Patent No.: 10,118,796
      Issue Date: Nov 6, 2018
    • Title: "Optimal Parameter Selection and Acceleration in ADMM for Multi-stage Stochastic Convex Quadratic Programs"
      Inventors: Raghunathan, Arvind U; Di Cairano, Stefano
      Patent No.: 9,760,534
      Issue Date: Sep 12, 2017
    • Title: "Method for Solving Quadratic Programs for Convex Sets with Linear Equalities by an Alternating Direction Method of Multipliers with Optimized Step Sizes"
      Inventors: Raghunathan, Arvind U; Di Cairano, Stefano
      Patent No.: 9,753,892
      Issue Date: Sep 5, 2017
    • Title: "Method for Determining Object Poses Using Weighted Features"
      Inventors: Tuzel, Oncel; Liu, Ming-Yu; Taguchi, Yuichi; Raghunathan, Arvind U
      Patent No.: 9,280,827
      Issue Date: Mar 8, 2016
    • Title: "System and Method for Optimal Power Flow Analysis"
      Inventors: Raghunathan, Arvind U; Nikovski, Daniel N.; Gopalakrishnan, Ajit
      Patent No.: 9,280,744
      Issue Date: Mar 8, 2016
    • Title: "Method for Optimizing Power Flows in Electric Power Networks"
      Inventors: Raghunathan, Arvind U; Gopalakrishnan, Ajit; Nikovski, Daniel N.
      Patent No.: 9,184,589
      Issue Date: Nov 10, 2015
    • Title: "Method for Globally Optimizing Power Flows in Electric Networks"
      Inventors: Raghunathan, Arvind U; Nikovski, Daniel N.
      Patent No.: 9,093,842
      Issue Date: Jul 28, 2015
    • Title: "System and Method for Optimizing Energy Consumption in Railway Systems with Energy Storage Devices"
      Inventors: Raghunathan, Arvind U; Xu, Yunwen; Wada, Toshihiro; Ueda, Kenji; Takahashi, Satoru
      Patent No.: 8,983,690
      Issue Date: Mar 17, 2015
    • Title: "System and Method for Optimizing Energy Consumption in Railway Systems"
      Inventors: Raghunathan, Arvind U; Wada, Toshihiro; Ueda, Kenji; Takahashi, Satoru
      Patent No.: 8,831,801
      Issue Date: Sep 9, 2014
    • Title: "Method for Optimizing Power Flows in Electric Power Networks"
      Inventors: Raghunathan, Arvind U
      Patent No.: 8,756,556
      Issue Date: Jun 17, 2014
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