Graduation Year

2012

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree

Ph.D.

Degree Granting Department

Industrial and Management Systems Engineering

Major Professor

Grisselle Centeno

Keywords

Benders' decomposition, chemotherapy, Markov decision process, probabilistic programming, random processes, renewable energy systems

Abstract

This dissertation focuses on extending solution methods in the area of stochastic optimization. Attention is focused to three specific problems in the field. First, a solution method for mixed integer programs subject to chance constraints is discussed. This class of problems serves as an effective modeling framework for a wide variety of applied problems. Unfortunately, chance constrained mixed integer programs tend to be very challenging to solve. Thus, the aim of this work is to address some of these challenges by exploiting the structure of the deterministic reformulation for the problem. Second, a stochastic program for integrating renewable energy sources into traditional energy systems is developed. As the global push for higher utilization of such green resources increases, such models will prove invaluable to energy system designers. Finally, a process for transforming clinical medical data into a model to assist decision making during the treatment planning phase for palliative chemotherapy is outlined. This work will likely provide decision support tools for oncologists. Moreover, given the new requirements for the usage electronic medical records, such techniques will have applicability to other treatment planning applications in the future.

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