Date: Thursday 22nd Feb 2024


This talk addresses the study of a new class of nonsmooth optimization problems, where the objective is represented as a difference of two generally nonconvex functions. We propose and develop a novel Newton-type algorithm to solving such problems, which is based on the coderivative generated second-order subdifferential (generalized Hessian) and employs advanced tools of variational analysis. Well-posedness properties of the proposed algorithm are derived under fairly general requirements, while constructive convergence rates are established by using additional assumptions including the Kurdyka-Lojasiewicz condition. We provide applications of the main algorithm to solving a general class of nonsmooth nonconvex problems of structured optimization that encompasses, in particular, optimization problems with explicit constraints. Finally, applications and numerical experiments are given for solving practical problems that arise in biochemical models, constrained quadratic programming, etc., where advantages of our algorithms are demonstrated in comparison with some known techniques and results.


Boris Mordukhovic

Research Area

Applied Mathematics


Wayne State University


Thursday 22nd Feb 2024


Anita B. Lawrence 4082 and online via Zoom (Link below; password: 169005)