### A collocation method for optimal control of linear systems with inequality constraints.

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We provide an approximation of Mather variational problem by finite dimensional minimization problems in the framework of Γ-convergence. By a linear programming interpretation as done in [Evans and Gomes, ESAIM: COCV 8 (2002) 693–702] we state a duality theorem for the Mather problem, as well a finite dimensional approximation for the dual problem.

A block version of the BFGS variable metric update formula is investigated. It satisfies the quasi-Newton conditions with all used difference vectors and gives the best improvement of convergence in some sense for quadratic objective functions, but it does not guarantee that the direction vectors are descent for general functions. To overcome this difficulty and utilize the advantageous properties of the block BFGS update, a block version of the limited-memory BNS method for large scale unconstrained...

We address in this article the computation of the convex solutions of the Dirichlet problem for the real elliptic Monge − Ampère equation for general convex domains in two dimensions. The method we discuss combines a least-squares formulation with a relaxation method. This approach leads to a sequence of Poisson − Dirichlet problems and another sequence of low dimensional algebraic eigenvalue problems of a new type. Mixed finite element approximations with a smoothing procedure are used for the...

This work is concerned with a class of minimum effort problems for partial differential equations, where the control cost is of L∞-type. Since this problem is non-differentiable, a regularized functional is introduced that can be minimized by a superlinearly convergent semi-smooth Newton method. Uniqueness and convergence for the solutions to the regularized problem are addressed, and a continuation strategy based on a model function is proposed. Numerical examples for a convection-diffusion equation...

A new numerical method based on fictitious domain methods for shape optimization problems governed by the Poisson equation is proposed. The basic idea is to combine the boundary variation technique, in which the mesh is moving during the optimization, and efficient fictitious domain preconditioning in the solution of the (adjoint) state equations. Neumann boundary value problems are solved using an algebraic fictitious domain method. A mixed formulation based on boundary Lagrange multipliers is...

We present below a new series of conjectures and open problems in the fields of (global) Optimization and Matrix analysis, in the same spirit as our recently published paper [J.-B. Hiriart-Urruty, Potpourri of conjectures and open questions in Nonlinear analysis and Optimization. SIAM Review 49 (2007) 255–273]. With each problem come a succinct presentation, a list of specific references, and a view on the state of the art of the subject.

We present below a new series of conjectures and open problems in the fields of (global) Optimization and Matrix analysis, in the same spirit as our recently published paper [J.-B. Hiriart-Urruty, Potpourri of conjectures and open questions in Nonlinear analysis and Optimization. SIAM Review49 (2007) 255–273]. With each problem come a succinct presentation, a list of specific references, and a view on the state of the art of the subject.

This paper is concerned with the stabilisation of linear time-delay systems by tuning a finite number of parameters. Such problems typically arise in the design of fixed-order controllers. As time-delay systems exhibit an infinite amount of characteristic roots, a full assignment of the spectrum is impossible. However, if the system is stabilisable for the given parameter set, stability can in principle always be achieved through minimising the real part of the rightmost characteristic root, or...