Thursday, 13:45 - 14:10 h, Room: H 1028


Francesco Solombrino
Linearly constrained nonsmooth and nonconvex minimization

Coauthor: Massimo Fornasier


Motivated by variational models in continuum mechanics, we introduce a novel algorithm for performing nonsmooth and nonconvex minimizations with linear constraints. We show how this algorithm is actually a natural generalization of well-known non-stationary augmented Lagrangian methods for convex optimization. The relevant features of this approach are its applicability to a large variety of nonsmooth and nonconvex objective functions, its guaranteed global convergence to critical points of the objective energy, and its simplicity of implementation. In fact, the algorithm results in a nested double loop iteration, where in the inner loop an augmented Lagrangian algorithm performs an adaptive finite number of iterations on a fixed quadratic and strictly convex perturbation of the objective energy, while the external loop performs an adaptation of the quadratic perturbation. To show the versatility of this new algorithm, we exemplify how it can be easily used for computing critical points in inverse free-discontinuity variational models, such as the Mumford-Shah functional, and, by doing so, we also derive and analyze new iterative thresholding algorithms.


Talk 2 of the invited session Thu.2.H 1028
"Nonconvex sparse optimization" [...]
Cluster 21
"Sparse optimization & compressed sensing" [...]


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