European Parliament Project (Energy Transition Fund)
Researcher: Céline Gérard (CORE)
Financement: European Parliament
The EPOC project under the energy transition fund combines the expertise of 14 Belgian academic partners to improve the current state-of-the art energy models, providing a consistent calculation for the long-term energy future in Belgium.
The project is coordinated by EnergyVille/VITO, and the participating research institutes are: Imec, KU Leuven, UHasselt, ICEDD, The Federal Planning Bureau, WaterstofNet, Transport & Mobility Leuven, Ugent, UMons, KMI (Het Koninklijk Meteorologisch Instituut van België), UCLouvain, ULiège and Université libre de Bruxelles.
European Commission Projects
Researchers: Chenghong Luo, Mariam Nanumyam and Akyal Taalaibekova
Financement: European Commission
Date: January 2017-December 2020
The Innovative Training Network ExSide combines an interdisciplinary research agenda with an innovative European joint doctoral training program, which provides doctoral fellows with a broad range of expertise and skills needed for a thorough analysis of expectation formation processes and their role in economics. Both the research projects and the training activities combine work in behavioral economics, psychoanalysis, opinion formation, network theory, agent-based simulation and economic modelling in different areas. The academic training will be complemented by extensive transferable skills training memasures, intersectoral training measures, provided by non-academic partners, ad career development training. Interaction with stakeholders, policy makers and the general public will play an important role in pursuing the ExSIDE agenda and disseminating the results. The ExSIDE consortium consists of eight leading European Universities and nine non-academic partners..
European Research Council
Researchers: Grapiglia Geovani Nunes, Nikita Doikov, Anton Rodomanov, Mihai Florea
Financement: European Commission
Date : September 2018 - August 2023
The amazing rate of progress in the computer technologies and telecommunications presents many new challenges for Optimization Theory. New problems are usually very big in size, very special in structure and possibly have a distributed data support. This makes them unsolvable by the standard optimization methods. In these situations, old theoretical models, based on the hidden Black-Box information, cannot work. New theoretical and algorithmic solutions are urgently needed. In this project we will concentrate on development of fast optimization methods for problems of big and very big size. All the new methods will be endowed with provable efficiency guarantees for large classes of optimization problems, arising in practical applications. Our main tool is the acceleration technique developed for the standard Black-Box methods as applied to smooth convex functions. However, we will have to adapt is to deal with different situations.
The first line of development will be based on the smoothing technique as applied to a non-smooth functions. We propose to substantially extend this approach to generate approximate solutions in relative scale. The second line of research will be related to applying acceleration techniques to the second-order methods minimizing functions with sparse Hessians. Finally, we aim to develop fast gradient methods for huge-scale problems. The size of these problems is so big that even the usual sector operations are extremely expensive. Thus, we propose to develop new methods with sublinear iteration costs. In our approach, the main source for achieving improvements will be the proper use of problem structure.
Our overall aim is to be able to solve in a routine way many important problems, which currently look unsolvable. Moreover, the theoretical development of Convex Optimization will reach the state, when there is no gap between theory and practice: The theoretically most efficient methods will definitely outperform any homebred heuristics.