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  • Ming Hsieh Institute Communications, Networks & Systems (CommNetS) Seminar

    Wed, Nov 09, 2016 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Christopher Miller, UC Berkeley

    Talk Title: Optimal precommitment strategies in some time-inconsistent control problems

    Series: CommNetS

    Abstract: Time-inconsistency is a feature of a dynamic optimization problem which causes the Dynamic Programming Principle to fail. This arises in many applications including dynamic optimization of certain risk measures (e.g., conditional value-at-risk, mean-variance, etc.) and problems whose objective function depends non-linearly on an expected value. There are various interpretations and notions of solution to a time-inconsistent problem. In this talk, we focus on optimal precommitment strategies in continuous-time and demonstrate cases where the time-inconsistent problem may be re-written as an optimization problem over the value function of an auxiliary time-consistent optimization problem. While the auxiliary value function typically has a higher dimensional state space, we discuss instances where structure of the problem allows a dimensionality reduction.

    Biography: Christopher W. Miller is a Ph.D. candidate in Applied Mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley. Previously, he received a B.S. in Mathematics and Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on applications of partial differential equations and optimal stochastic control, particularly in mathematical finance.

    Host: Prof. Insoon Yang

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 248

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Annie Yu


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