We use a FLIPPED CLASSROOM approach:
Students watch videolecture at home and discuss the lecture and solve problems in class.
Course requirements:
 Participation in class discussions;
 6 homework exercises, partially in MATLAB (30%)
 Final exam (70%) : The dates of the exam will appear a bit later
Announcements
 This year (Spring 2017) we are going to include several lectures on Deep Learning instead of parts of Conic Programming, see e.g.  Dear students, please watch and take notes of two video lectures: Lecture 1a and Lecture 1b towards the first class meeting. The link is here: YouTube video lectures
 All new students should join our Discussion Group: Optimization Technion 2017  New video added:

Course Outline
The field of optimization is concerned with the study of maximization and minimization of mathematical functions of one or many variables. Very often the variables are subject to side conditions or constraints (socalled constrained optimization problems). By great utility in such diverse areas as applied science, engineering, economics, finance, medicine, and statistics, optimization holds an important place in the practical world and the scientific world. Indeed, as far back as the Eighteenth Century, the famous mathematician Leonhard Euler proclaimed that . . . nothing at all takes place in the Universe in which some rule of maximum or minimum does not appear.
Very often it is impossible to find analytical solution to unconstrained or constrained optimization problem, however there are efficient numerical algorithms which approach solution iteratively. Optimization algorithms constitute the central part of our course. We will also learn how to check, whether optimal solution has been achieved (optimality conditions for constrained and unconstrained problems) and duality theory (Lagrange multiplier representation).
In the final part of the course we will learn a modern topic: Conic optimization, which includes Semidefinite Programming  optimization over set of positivesemidefinite matrices. This field has great importance in modern science and engineering.
Lecture 1a, Introduction; Examples of unconstrained and constrained optimization problems:
Lecture 1b, Linear algebra refresh:
Lecture 23: Derivatives of multivariate functions: Gradient and Hessian
Lecture 45: Convex sets and functions
Lecture 6. Local and global minimum. Sufficient and necessary unconstrained optimality conditions
Lecture 7 (in Hebrew). Optimality conditions; iterative methods of onedimensional optimization (line search).
Lecture 8 Iterative methods of multivariate unconstrained optimization
Lecture 9 More on Newton method
Lecture 10 Method of Conjugate Gradients 1
Lecture 11 Method of Conjugate Gradients 2
Lecture 12 Sequential subspace optimization (SESOP) method and QuasiNewton BFGS
Lecture 13. Summary of unconstrained optimization. Optimization with constraints
Lecture 14 Lagrange multipliers and penalty function method. Augmented Lagrangian
Lecture 15 Minimax theorem, game theory and Lagrange duality
Lecture 16 Conic programming 1 (in particular, semidefinite programming)
Lecture 16b17 Conic programming 2
Homework on analytical and numerical computation of gradient and Hessian
Penalty method for semidefinite programming and homework on linear matrix approximation
Staff

Lecturer

Assistant

Name

Michael Zibulevsky

Dan Elbaz

Email

mzibul@gmail.com

elbazdan@gmail.com

Literature
Basic References
 Jorge Nocedal, Stephen J. Wright, "Numerical Optimization" (1999)
 D. Bertsekas, "Nonlinear Programming", Second Edition (1999)
 S. Boyd, L. Vandenberghe , "Convex Optimization" .
 Old Tutorial book by my former assistant Dori Peleg: Tutorial book (2005)
Additional References

GUI
Useful Links
Yalmip 3
Arkadi Nemirovski, Lectures on modern optimization
Freemat  a free Matlablike coding environment
Numerical Recipes  Books Online
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Contents of the video lectures
Lecture 1a, Introduction; Examples of unconstrained and constrained optimization problems:
Linear regression
Function approximation with feedforward neural network
Resource assignment with Linear Programming
Lecture 1b, Linear algebra refresh:
Linear and affine subspace;
Lp norm of a vector
Matrix norms
Inner product of matrices
Eigenvalue decomposition
Matrix polynomials and functions
Positive (semi) definite matrices
Lecture 23: Derivatives of multivariate functions: Gradient and Hessian
Total differential and gradient
Level sets and directional derivatives
Hessian matrix
Second directional derivative
Example: Gradient and Hessian of linear and quadratic function
Taylor expansion of multivariate functions
Gradient of a function of a matrix
Example: Gradient of a neural network
Lecture 45: Convex sets and functions
Definition of convex set and function.
Properties of convex sets
Properties of convex functions
Extended value functions
Epigraph
Convex combination and convex hull
Jensen inequality
Gradient inequality. Hessian of a convex function is positive (semi) definite
Lecture 6. Local and global minimum. Sufficient and necessary unconstrained optimality conditions
Lecture 7 (in Hebrew). Optimality conditions; iterative methods of onedimensional optimization (line search).
Optimality conditions
Onedimensional optimization, Bisection method
Golden section method
Quadratic interpolation method
Cubic interpolation method
Note: First part of Lecture 7 (optimality conditions) repeats in Hebrew the second part of Lecture 6.
Lecture 8 Iterative methods of multivariate unconstrained optimization
General line search method
Choice of step size: Exact optimization, Backtracking, Armijo stopping rule
Steepest descent (gradient descent)
Newton method
Lecture 9 More on Newton method
Newton method for nonlinear equations
Modified Newton method: enforcing descent direction
Solving symmetric system of equations via Cholesky factorization
Leastsquares problem: GaussNewton and Levenberg–Marquardt methods
Lecture 10 Method of Conjugate Gradients 1
Motivation
Scalar product, definition and examples
GramSchmidt orthogonalization
Qconjugate (Qorthogonal) directions
Minimization of a quadratic function using conjugate directions
Lecture 11 Method of Conjugate Gradients 2
Derivation of the method of Conjugate Gradients
Summary of CG method
Convergence rate of CG
Preconditioning
Truncated Newton method
Computational burden to compute function, gradient and Hessianvector product is about the same
Lecture 12 Sequential subspace optimization (SESOP) method and QuasiNewton BFGS
SESOP method
Fast optimization over subspace
QuasiNewton methods
How to approximate Hessian
Approximation of inverse Hessian, ShermanMorrison formula
Broyden family QuasiNewton methods, DFP, BFGS
Initialization and convergence properties
Lecture 13. Summary of unconstrained optimization. Optimization with constraints
Summary of unconstrained optimization
Constrained optimization, optimality conditions
Karush  Kuhn  Tucker (KKT) first order optimality conditions
Penalty function method
Lecture 14 Lagrange multipliers and penalty function method. Augmented Lagrangian
Lagrange multipliers via penalty function method
Penalty for equality constraints
Barrier method
Augmented Lagrangian method (or method of multipliers)
Augmented Lagrangian for equality constraints
Optimal solution in one step, when multipliers are known
Lecture 15 Minimax theorem, game theory and Lagrange duality
Introduction
Minimax theorem
Game interpretation of Minimax
Saddle point theorem
Minimax of Lagrangian;
Dual problem and weak duality
Strong duality
Slayter condition for strong duality
Examples of dual problems:
Quadratic program
Linear program
Lecture 16 Conic programming 1
Introduction
Examples of cones  R^n+, Lorenz cone, cone of positive semidefinite matrices
Semidefinite programming (SDP)
Dual cone , Dual conic problem, weak duality
Strong conic duality and complementarity slackness
Example: Dual SDP problem
Minimax problem
Chebyshev approximation
Lecture 16b17 Conic programming 2
Continue with Chebyshev approximation, which starts at
Complex Chebyshev approximation
Conversion of different problems to SDP
Lemma of Schur complement
Minimize maximal eigenvalue of symmetric matrix
Linear matrix approximation
Expression of Linear program via SDP
Conic quadratic program via SDP
Barrier method for solution of conic programming problem
Examples of barriers
Matrix functions
Gradient of trace of matrix function
Gradient of the barrier log det A (x)
Homework on analytical and numerical computation of gradient and Hessian
Penalty method for semidefinite programming and homework on linear matrix approximation
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Contents of the video lectures (time pointers included)
Lecture 1a, Introduction; Examples of unconstrained and constrained optimization problems:
Linear regression (slides 10:08, 11:56)
Function approximation with feedforward neural network 12:15 (slides 16:15, 24:44, 27.21)
Resource assignment with Linear programming 27:40 (slides 33:02, 35:42)
Lecture 1b, Linear algebra refresh:
Linear and affine subspace; 0:0 (slides 05:39, 07:07
Lp norm of a vector 7:24 (slides 9:44 13:45
Matrix norms  14:52 (slides 18:29)
Inner product of matrices  19:30 (slides 22:40)
Eigenvalue decomposition 23:15 (slides 29:20, 31:47)
Matrix polynomials and functions 31:45 (35:12, 40:25)
Positive (semi) definite matrices  41:17 (slides 45:41)
Lecture 23: Derivatives of multivariate functions: Gradient and Hessian
Total differential and gradient  0:0 (slides 5:14, 13:16)
Level sets and directional derivatives  13:17 (slides 23:07)
Hessian matrix  23:20 (slides 28:50, 33:54)
Second directional derivative  34:45 (slides 35:55)
Example: Gradient and Hessian of linear and quadratic function 39:04 (slides 39:04)
Taylor expansion of multivariate functions 46:30 (slides 52:56)
Gradient of a function of a matrix  53:23 (slides 58:54)
Example: Gradient of a neural network 58:56 (slides 1:09:43)
Homework  1:09:45
Lecture 45: Convex sets and functions
Definition of convex set and function. Properties of convex sets  0:0 (slides 03:05, 9:15, 9:53, 19:10)
Properties of convex functions  19:10 (slides 20:52, 26:15)
Extended value functions  26:41 (slides 31:22)
Epigraph  31:31 (slides 34:34)
Convex combination and convex hull 34:38 (slides 37:18)
Jensen inequality 39:02 (slides 43:24)
Gradient inequality. Hessian of a convex function is positive (semi) definite 43:28 (slides 47:47)
Lecture 6. Local and global minimum. Sufficient and necessary unconstrained optimality conditions
(slides 2:10, 7:54, 12:24, 17:34, 21:55)
Lecture 7 (in Hebrew). Optimality conditions; iterative methods of onedimensional optimization (line search).
Optimality conditions  0:0
Onedimensional optimization, Bisection method 13:13 (slides 23:13)
Golden section method 23:17 (slides 32:02)
Quadratic interpolation method 32:04 (slides 36:39, 43:22, 47:00)
Cubic interpolation method 47:04 (slides 51:07, 57:35)
Note: First part of Lecture 7 (optimality conditions) repeats in Hebrew the second part of Lecture 6.
Lecture 8 Iterative methods of multivariate unconstrained optimization
General line search method 0:0 (slides 05:40)
Choice of step size: Exact optimization, Backtracking, Armijo stopping rule 5:53 (slides 17:05, 20:44)
Steepest descent (gradient descent) 20:55 (slides 36:07)
Newton method 36:22 (slides 45:18, 56:04)
End  56:15 (after this time  garbage from previous lecture)
Lecture 9 More on Newton method
Newton method for nonlinear equations 0:0 (slides 5:28, 8:24)
Modified Newton method: enforcing descent direction 8:26 (slides 15:54)
Solving symmetric system of equations via Cholesky factorization 15:58 (slides 22:35, 28:39)
Leastsquares problem: GaussNewton and Levenberg–Marquardt methods 28:44 (slides 33:39, 43:02, 52:27, 54:18)
Lecture 10 Method of Conjugate Gradients 1
Motivation 0:0
Scalar product, definition 4:47 (slide on 8:53), and examples 8:56 (slides 13:00)
GramSchmidt orthogonalization 13:07 (slides 21:13)
Qconjugate (Qorthogonal) directions 21:18 (slides 26:24)
Minimization of a quadratic function using conjugate directions 26:30 (slides 36:14 or 38:13)
Expanding manifold property 38:10 (slides 48:53 and 50:58)
Lecture 11 Method of Conjugate Gradients 2
Derivation of the method of Conjugate Gradients 0:0 (slides 5:34, 12:11, 19:32)
Summary of CG method 19:33 (slides 27:06)
Convergence rate of CG 27:08 (slides 32:57)
Preconditioning 32:58 (slides 44:03)
Truncated Newton method 44:04 (slide 50:20)
Computational burden to compute function, gradient and Hessianvector product is about the same 50:20 (slides 52:36, 57:14)
Lecture 12 Sequential subspace optimization (SESOP) method and QuasiNewton BFGS
SESOP method 0:42 (slides 7:35)
Fast optimization over subspace 7:37 (slides 15:36)
QuasiNewton methods 15:37 (slides 22:42)
How to approximate Hessian 22:43 (slide 32:24 )
Approximation of inverse Hessian, ShermanMorrison formula 32:25 (slide 37:43)
Broyden family QuasiNewton methods, DFP, BFGS 37:44 (slides 41:06, 44:10, 47:01 )
Initialization and convergence properties 47:02 (slide 53:26 )
Lecture 13. Summary of unconstrained optimization. Optimization with constraints
Summary of unconstrained optimization 0:0 (slide 4:59, onedimensional methods)
Multivariate methods 05:03 (slides 13:47, 15:41)
Constrained optimization, optimality conditions 15:44 (slides 19:02, 26:32; 30:02)
Karush  Kuhn  Tucker (KKT) first order optimality conditions 30:06 (slide 35:03 )
Penalty function method 35:05 (slides 48:36, 54:44, 57:29)
Lecture 14 Lagrange multipliers and penalty function method. Augmented Lagrangian
Lagrange multipliers via penalty function method 0:0 (slides 5:54, 16:30 )
Penalty for equality constraints 16:36 (slides penalty 21:08; optimality conditions 24:39)
Barrier method 24:44 (slide 32:24)
Augmented Lagrangian method (or method of multipliers) 32:28 (slides 41:55, 48:40, 51:08)
Augmented Lagrangian for equality constraints 51:11 (slides 53:44)
Optimal solution in one step, when multipliers are known 53:55 (slides 01:02:13 )
Lecture 15 Minimax theorem, game theory and Lagrange duality
Introduction 0:0
Minimax theorem 1:19 (slides 6:16)
Game interpretation of minimax 6:20 (slides 12:07)
Saddle point theorem 12:12 (slides 19:03)
Minimax of Lagrangian; weak duality 19:08 (slides 29:07)
Dual problem and weak duality 29:19 (slides 30:39)
Strong duality 30:43 (slides 39:14, 43:03)
Slayter condition for strong duality 43:10 (slides 44:33)
Examples of dual problems:
Quadratic program 44:38 (slides 49:26)
Linear program 49:40 (slides 57:48)
Garbage 58:36  till end (01:02:24)
Lecture 16 Conic programming 1
Introduction 0:0 (slides 13:43)
Examples of cones  R^n+, Lorenz cone, cone of positive semidefinite matrices13:50 (slides 24:45)
Semidefinite programming (SDP) 24:49 (slides 28:40)
Dual cone 28:43 (slides 33:46, 39:33)
Dual conic problem, weak duality 39:37 (slides 47:26)
Strong conic duality and complementarity slackness 47:34 (slides 56:52)
Example: Dual SDP problem 57:02 (slides 1:05:45)
Minimax problem 1:05:52 (slides 1:13:17, 1:16:12)
Chebyshev approximation 1:16:14 (slides in the next video, 2:10)
Lecture 16b17 Conic programming 2
Continue with Chebyshev approximation, which starts at 1:16:14 of the previous video (slides 2:10)
Complex Chebyshev approximation 02:16 (slides 15:25, 18:40)
Conversion of different problems to SDP 18:51
Lemma of Schur complement 19:21 (slides 25:14)
Minimize maximal eigenvalue of symmetric matrix 25:18 (slides 31:33)
Linear matrix approximation 31:36 (slides 43:40)
Expression of Linear program via SDP 43:43 (slides 45:39)
Conic quadratic program via SDP 45:40 (slides 49:57)
Barrier method for solution of conic programming problem 50:06 (slides 57:26)
Examples of barriers 57:29 (slides 1:03:12)
Matrix functions 1:03:16 (slides 1:14:53, 1:17:05)
Gradient of trace of matrix function 1:17:09 (slides 1:25:24)
Gradient of log det A 1:25:28 (slides 1:28:28)
Gradient of log det barrier 1:28:31 (slides 1:31:30)
Homework on analytical and numerical computation of gradient and Hessian ( file opt_hw_Grad_Hess_compr.avi )
Slides 5:42 6:39 10:12 15:55
Penalty method for semidefinite programming and homework on linear matrix approximation
( file SDP_penalty_method_compress.avi)
slides 3:20 3:26 10:46 11:09 18:39
mzib@cs.technion.ac.il