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STTR Phase II: Integrated Software and Systems for Large-Scale Nonlinear…

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National Science Foundation
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2004 / STTR
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Ziena Optimization Inc.
1801 Maple Ave. Evanston, IL 60201-3149
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: STTR Phase II: Integrated Software and Systems for Large-Scale Nonlinear Optimization
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0422132
Award Amount: $499,929.00


This Small Business Technology Transfer Phase II research project will address the design and creation of integrated nonlinear optimization software that combines complementary approaches to nonlinear optimization to achieve robust performance over a wide range of application requirements. The work will concentrate on the area of smooth nonlinearly constrained optimization, which arises directly in numerous applications and as a sub-problem in mixed-integer nonlinear programming and global optimization. The work will employ both mathematical convergence analyses and extensive testing on problems of practical interest. Results of the research will take nonlinear optimization software to a new level, based on an adaptive and versatile collection of algorithms in contrast to the single-algorithm approaches employed by current optimization packages.Nonlinear optimization models arise in diverse areas of science such as medical imaging, oceanography, crystallography, and climate modeling, and in almost all areas of engineering, chip feature placement for semiconductor manufacturers to energy management for electric and gas utilities. Nonlinear optimization is also rapidly becoming a key tool in decision analysis in such areas as finance and revenue management. By enabling optimization packages to be more fexible and more reliable, this research will lead to stronger support for current nonlinear optimization applications while making new, more ambitious applications possible.

Principal Investigator:

Richard Waltz

Business Contact:

Robert Fourer
Small Business Information at Submission:

Ziena Optimization Inc.
2615 Hartzell Street Evanston, IL 60201

Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Northwestern University
633 Clark Street
Evanston, IL 60208-1110
Contact: Jorge Nocedal
Contact Phone: (847) 491-5038
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university