Many engineering optimization problems are multi-objective, constrained and have uncertainty in their inputs. For such problems it is desirable to obtain solutions that are multi-objectively optimum and robust. A robust solution is one that as a result of input uncertainty has variations in its objective and constraint functions which are within an acceptable range. This paper presents a new approximation-assisted MORO (AA-MORO) technique with interval uncertainty. The technique is a significant improvement, in terms of computational effort, over previously reported MORO techniques. AA-MORO includes an upper-level problem that solves a multi-objective optimization problem whose feasible domain is iteratively restricted by constraint cuts determined by a lower-level optimization problem. AA-MORO also includes an online approximation wherein optimal solutions from the upper- and lower-level optimization problems are used to iteratively improve an approximation to the objective and constraint functions. Several examples are used to test the proposed technique. The test results show that the proposed AA-MORO reasonably approximates solutions obtained from previous MORO approaches while its computational effort, in terms of the number of function calls, is significantly reduced compared to the previous approaches.
Multi-Objective Robust Optimization Under Interval Uncertainty Using Online Approximation and Constraint Cuts
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Hu, W., Li, M., Azarm, S., and Almansoori, A. (June 15, 2011). "Multi-Objective Robust Optimization Under Interval Uncertainty Using Online Approximation and Constraint Cuts." ASME. J. Mech. Des. June 2011; 133(6): 061002. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4003918
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