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   Journal Articles
  1. Zavala, V. M.; Anitescu, M. and Birge, J. A Stochastic Electricity Market Clearing Formulation with Consistent Pricing Properties.  Under Review,  2014. [pdf]
  2. Morales, P.; Flores-Tlacuahuac, A. and Zavala, V. M. Analyzing the Effects of Comfort Relaxation on Energy Demand Flexibility of Buildings: A Multiobjective Optimization Approach.  Under Review, 2014. [pdf][code]
  3. Burkhart, M. C.; Heo, Y. and Zavala, V. M. Measurement and Verification of Building Systems Under Uncertain Data: A Gaussian Process Modeling Approach.  Accepted, Energy & Buildings, 2014. [pdf]
  4. Zavala, V. M. Stochastic Optimal Control Model for Natural Gas Network Operations.  Computers & Chemical Engineering,  64(1), pp. 103--113, 2014. [pdf][code]
  5. Zavala, V. M. and Anitescu, M. Scalable Nonlinear Programming Via Exact Differentiable Penalty Functions and Trust-Region Newton Methods.  SIAM Journal on Optimization, 24(1), pp. 528-558, 2014. [pdf]
  6. Zavala, V. M. Inference of Building Occupancy Signals Using Moving Horizon Estimation and Fourier Regularization.  Journal of Process Control, In Press,  2013. [pdf]
  7. Salazar, J.M.; Diwekar, U.; Constantinescu, E.M. and Zavala, V. M.  Stochastic Optimization Approach to Water Management in Cooling-Constrained Power Plants.  Applied Energy, 112, pp. 12-22, 2013. [pdf]
  8. Zavala, V. M.  Real-Time Optimization Strategies for Building Systems. Ind.Eng.Chem. Res. 52(9), pp. 3137-3150, 2013. [pdf] [code]
  9. Heo, Y. and Zavala, V. M.  Gaussian Process Modeling for Measurement and Verification of Building Energy Savings.              Energy & Buildings, 53, pp.7-18, 2012. [pdf]
  10. Zavala, V. M. and Flores-Tlacuahuac, A.  Stability of Multiobjective Predictive Control: A Utopia-Tracking Approach.            Automatica, 48(10), pp. 2627-2632 , 2012. [pdf] [code]
  11. Zavala, V. M.; and Anitescu, M. Real-Time Nonlinear Optimization as a Generalized Equation.  SIAM J. Control and Optimization, 48, pp. 5444-5454, 2010. [pdf]
  12. Constantinescu, E. M.; Zavala, V. M.; Rocklin, M.; Lee, S.; and Anitescu, M.  A Computational Framework for Uncertainty Quantification and Stochastic Optimization in Unit Commitment with Wind Power Generation.  IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, 26(1), pp. 431-441, 2010. [pdf]
  13. Zavala, V. M. Stability Analysis of an Approximate Scheme for Moving Horizon Estimation.  Comp. Chem. Eng., 34(10), pp. 1662-1670, 2010. [pdf]
  14. Zavala, V. M.; Constantinescu, E. M.; Krause, T.; and Anitescu, M.  On-Line Economic Optimization of Energy Systems Using Weather Forecast Information. Journal of Process Control, 19(10), pp. 1725-1736, 2009. [pdf]
  15. Zavala, V. M.; and Biegler, L.T. Optimization-Based Strategies for the Operation of Low-Density Polyethylene Tubular Reactors:  Nonlinear Model Predictive Control. Comp. Chem. Eng., 33(10), pp. 1735-1746, 2009. [pdf]
  16. Huang, R.; Zavala, V. M.; and Biegler, L.T. Advanced Step Nonlinear Model Predictive Control for Air Separation Units.  Journal of Process Control, 19 (4), pp. 678-685, 2009. [pdf]
  17. Biegler, L.T.; and Zavala V.M. Large-Scale Nonlinear Programming with IPOPT: An Integrating Framework for Enterprise-Wide Optimization. Comp.Chem.Eng. 33(3), pp. 575-582, 2009. [pdf].
  18. Zavala, V. M.; and Biegler, L.T. Optimization-Based Strategies for the Operation of Low-Density Polyethylene Tubular Reactors: Moving Horizon Estimation. Comp.Chem.Eng. 33(1), pp. 379-390, 2009. [pdf]
  19. Zavala, V. M.; and Biegler, L.T. The Advanced Step NMPC Controller: Optimality, Stability and Robustness. Automatica, 45(1), pp. 86-93, 2009. [pdf].
  20. Zavala V.M.; Laird, C.D. and Biegler, L.T. A Fast Moving Horizon Estimation Algorithm Based on Nonlinear Programming Sensitivity. Journal of Process Control, 18 (9), pp. 876-884, 2008. [pdf].
  21. Zavala, V. M.; Laird, C.D. and Biegler, L.T. Interior-Point Point Decomposition Approaches for Parallel Solution of Large-Scale Nonlinear Parameter Estimation Problems. Chem. Eng. Sci. 63 (19), pp. 4834-4845, 2008. [pdf]. 
  22. Zavala, V. M.; Laird, C.D. and Biegler, L.T. Fast Implementations and Rigorous Models: Can Both be Accommodated in NMPC?. Int. J. Robust Nonlinear Control. 18 (8), pp.800-815, 2008 [pdf]. 
  23. Zavala, V. M. and Biegler, L.T. Large-Scale Parameter Estimation in Low-Density Polyethylene Tubular  Reactors. Ind.Eng.Chem. Res. 45 (23),  pp. 7867 -7881, 2006 [pdf].
  24. Zavala, V. M.;  Flores-Tlacuahuac, A. and Vivaldo-Lima, E. The Bifurcation Behavior of a Polyurethane Continuous Stirred Tank Reactor. Chem. Eng. Sci.  61 (22),  pp. 7368-7385, 2006 [pdf]. 
  25. Zavala, V. M.;  Flores-Tlacuahuac, A. and Vivaldo-Lima, E. Dynamic Optimization of a Semi-Batch Reactor for Polyurethane Production. Chem. Eng. Sci.  60 (11),  pp. 3061-3079, 2005 [pdf].  
  26. Flores-Tlacuahuac, A.;  Zavala, V. M. and  Saldivar-Guerra E. Complex Nonlinear Behavior in the Full-Scale High-Impact Polystyrene Process. Ind.Eng.Chem. Res. 44 (8), pp. 2802-2814, 2005 [pdf]
  Book Chapters
  • Zavala, V. M.; and Biegler, L.T. Nonlinear Programming Strategies for State Estimation and Model Predictive Control. In Nonlinear Model Predictive Control, pp. 419-432,  Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2009. [pdf]
  Conference Articles
  1. Chiang, N.; Petra, C. and Zavala, V.M.  Structured Nonconvex Optimization of Large-Scale Energy Systems using PIPS-NLP. 18th Power Systems Computation Conference, 2014. [pdf]
  2. Heo,Y.; Graziano, D.; Zavala, V.M.; Dickinson, P.; Kamrath, M. and Kirshenbaum, M.;  Cost-effective Measurement and
    Verification Method for Determining Energy Savings under Uncertainty.
    ASHRAE Annual Conference, 2013. [pdf]
  3. Zavala, V.M. Real-Time Resolution of Conflicting Objectives in Building Energy Management: An Utopia-Tracking Approach. Simbuild, 2012. [pdf]
  4. Zavala, V.M. Proactive Energy Management for High-Performance Buildings: Exploiting and Motivating Sensor Technologies. Future of Instrumentation International Workshop, 2011. [pdf]
  5. Cioaca, A.; Zavala, V.M. and Constantinescu, E.M.  Adjoint Sensitivity Analysis for Numerical Weather Prediction: Applications to Power Grid Optimization. International Workshop on High Performance Computing, Networking and Analytics for the Power Grid, 2011. [pdf]
  6. Robbins, B.; and Zavala, V.M. Convergence Analysis of a Parallel Newton Scheme for Dynamic Power Grid Simulations. International Workshop on HPC, Networking and Analytics for the Power Grid, 2011. [pdf]
  7. Lubin, M.; Petra, C. G.; Anitescu, M., and Zavala, V.M. Scalable Stochastic Optimization of Complex Energy Systems. Supercomputing, 2011. [pdf]
  8. Kannan, A. and Zavala, V. M. A Game-Theoretical Model Predictive Control Framework for Electricity Markets.  Allerton Conference, 2011. [pdf]
  9. Zavala, V. M.;  and Anitescu, M.  New Insights into the Dynamic Stability of Wholesale Electricity Markets. IEEE MSC, 2011. [pdf]
  10. Zavala, V. M.;  and Anitescu, M.  Stability and Robustness of Wholesale Electricity Markets. IFAC CSC18 , 2011. [pdf]
  11. Zavala, V. M.;  and Anitescu, M.  Achieving Higher Frequencies in Large-Scale Nonlinear Model Predictive Control. IEEE CDC, 2010. [pdf]
  12. Zavala, V. M.; Botterud, A.; Constantinescu, E. M. and Wang, J.  Computational and Economic Limitations of  Dispatch Operations in the Next-Generation Power Grid. IEEE Conference on Innovative Technologies for an Efficient and Reliable Power Supply, 2010. [pdf]
  13. Zavala, V. M.;  and Anitescu, M.  Achieving Higher Frequencies in Large-Scale Nonlinear Model Predictive Control. IEEE CDC, 2010. [pdf]
  14. Alessandri, A.; Baglietto, M.;  Battistelli, G. and Zavala, V.M. Advances in Nonlinear Moving Horizon Estimation . IEEE CDC, 2010. [pdf]
  15. Zavala, V. M.;  Wang, J.; Leyffer,  S.; Constantinescu, E.M.; Anitescu, M. and Conzelmann, G.  Proactive Energy Management for Next-Generation Building Systems. SimBuild, 2010. [pdf]
  16. Alessandri, A.; Baglietto, M.;  Battistelli, G. and Zavala, V.M. Computationally Efficient, Approximate Moving Horizon State Estimation for Nonlinear Systems. NOLCOS, 2010. [pdf]
  17. Zavala, V. M.;  Constantinescu, E.M. and Anitescu, M.  Economic Impacts of Advanced Weather Forecasting on Energy System Operations. IEEE PES Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies, 2010. [pdf]
  18. Zavala, V. M.;  Anitescu, M.; and Krause, T.  On the Optimal On-Line Management of Photovoltaic-Hydrogen Hybrid Energy Systems. 10th International Symposium on Process Systems Engineering, 2009. [pdf]
  19. Zavala, V. M.; Huang, R. and Biegler, L.T. Simultaneous Nonlinear Programming Strategies for Nonlinear Model Predictive Control Applications: Recent Advances and Future Directions. Proceedings of FOCAPO, 2008. 
  20. Zavala, V. M.; and Biegler, L.T. The Advanced Step NMPC ControllerProceedings of the IEEE Workshop on Advanced Process Control Applications for Industry - Vancouver, Canada. 2007
  21. Zavala, V. M.; Laird, C.D. and Biegler, L.T. A Fast Computational Framework for Large-Scale Moving Horizon Estimation. Proceedings of the 8th International Symposium on Dynamics  and Control of Process Systems - Cancun, Mexico. 2007 [pdf].
  22. Zavala, V. M.; Laird, C.D. and Biegler, L.T. Fast Solvers and Rigorous Models: Can Both be Accommodated in NMPC?Proceedings of the IFAC Workshop on NMPC for Fast Systems - Grenoble, France.  2006.  [pdf].

Technical Reports

  • Gangammanavar, H.; Sen, S. and Zavala, V. M. Simulation and Optimization of Wind Energy for Modeling Sub-hourly Economic Dispatch.  Under Review,  2013. [pdf]
  • Zavala, V. M. Clustering-Based Interior-Point Strategies for Stochastic Programs, 2013. [pdf]
  • Zavala, V. M. and Anitescu, M.  On the Dynamic Stability of Electricity Markets, 2011. [pdf]
  • Zavala, V.M. and F. D'Amato. Model Predictive Control in Combined-Cycle Power Plants: Market Implications, 2012. [pdf]
  • Zavala, V. M., Thomas, C.; Zimmerman, M. and Ott, A.  Next-Generation Building Energy Management Systems and Implications for Electricity Markets. Argonne National Laboratory, ANL/MCS-TM-315, 2011. [pdf]
  • Zavala, V. M., Skow, D., Celinski, T. and P. Dickinson. Techno-Economic Evaluation of a Next-Generation Building Energy Management System. Argonne National Laboratory, ANL/MCS-TM-313, 2011. [pdf]
  • Kannan, A. and Zavala, V. M. A Game-Theoretical Dynamic Model for Electricity Markets.  Argonne National aboratory, ANL/MCS-P1792-1010, 2011. [pdf]
  • Zavala, V. M.; Constantinescu, E. M.; Krause, T.; and Anitescu, M.  Weather Forecast-Based Optimization of Integrated Energy Systems. Argonne National Laboratory, ANL/MCS-TM-305,  2009. [pdf]
  • Constantinescu, E. M.; Zavala, V. M.; Rocklin, M.; Lee, S.; and Anitescu, M.  Unit Commitment with Wind Power Generation: Integrating Wind Forecast Uncertainty and Stochastic Programming. Argonne National Laboratory, ANL/MCS-TM-309,  2009. [pdf]

  Thesis

  • Zavala, V. M. Computational Strategies for the Optimal Operation of Large-Scale Chemical Processes.  PhD Thesis, Carnegie Mellon University, 2008 [pdf]. 

  Presentations

  • Gaussian Process Modeling: Applications to Building Systems & Algorithmic Challenges, LBNL 2013 [pdf]
  • A Stochastic PDE Framework for Natural Gas Network Operations, AIChE Annual 2013 [pdf]
  • Interior Point Algorithms for Stochastic Programs using Clustering,  ICS 2013 [pdf]
  • Stochastic Real-Time Optimization of Thermal Power Plants : Effects of Weather and Water ConstraintsICS 2013 [pdf]
  • Scalable Dynamic Optimization, SIAM CSE 2013 [pdf]
  • Slides "Real-Time Optimization" Session at ISMP 2012
    • M. Diehl [pdf]  H. J. Ferreau [pdf]  E. Kerrigan [pdf] G. Pannocchia [pdf] M. Anitescu [pdf]
  • Resolution of Conflicting Objectives: A Utopia-Tracking Approach, Simbuild, 2012 [pdf]
  • Advances in Optimization and Applications in Buildings, Simbuild, 2012 [pdf]
  • On The Convergence of Day-Ahead and Real-Time Electricity Markets, FERC, 2011 [pdf]
  • A Predictive Control Perspective on Electricity Markets, UIUC Seminar, 2011 [pdf]
  • At The Interface Between the Chemical and Power Industries, Carnegie Mellon, 2011 [pdf]
  • Real-Time Optimization for Energy Management in Building Systems, MCS, 2011 [pdf]
  • Optimization Challenges in Energy Systems, U.S.-Mexico Workshop on Optimization, 2011  [pdf]
  • Proactive Energy Management for Next-Generation Building Systems. SimBuild 2010 - New York. 2010. [pdf]
  • Optimization Challenges in the Next-Generation Power Grid. ICiS Optimization in Energy Systems - Snowbird, UT. 2010. [pdf]
  • Optimization and Uncertainty Quantification for Next-Generation Power Markets and Operations. IBM Watson Center- New York. 2010. [pdf]
  • Real-Time Strategies for Control Architectures using Differential Variational Inequalities. Midwest Numerical Analysis Conference - Ames, IA. 2010. [pdf]
  • Economic Impacts of Advanced Weather Forecasting on Energy System Operations. IEEE PES Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies - Gaithersburg, MD. 2010.
  • Economic Impacts of Advanced Weather Forecasting on Energy System Operations. Postdoctoral Seminar, Argonne National Laboratory - Argonne, IL. 2009.
  • Uncertainty Quantification and Stochastic Programming for Weather Forecast-Based Operations. INFORMS Annual Meeting, - San Diego, CA. 2009. [pdf]
  • On-Line Nonlinear Programming as a Generalized Equation.  AICHE Annual Meeting - Nashville, TN.  2009.
  • Exploiting Weather Forecast Information in Smart Grid Operations.  AICHE Annual Meeting - Nashville, TN.  2009.
  • On-Line Nonlinear Programming as a Parametric Generalized Equation.  ISMP - Chicago, IL.  2009. [pdf]
  • Exploiting Weather Forecast Information in Smart Grid Operations.  EECS Seminar - Evanston, IL.  2009.
  • Optimizacion de Sistemas Energeticos Basada en Predicciones Metereologicas.  UAEM - Cuernavaca, Mexico.  2009.
  • Weather Forecast-Based Optimization of Integrated Energy Systems. University of Wisconsin, Madison - Madison, WI.  2009.
  • Nonlinear Programming for Feedback Control. MCS Seminar Argonne National Laboratory - Argonne, IL. 2008.
  • Applications of Economics-Oriented Feedback Control Technology. GE Global Research -  Niskayuna, NY. 2008.
  • Advances and Future Directions in Optimization-Based Process Operations. PSE Workshop Universidad Iberoamericana -  Mexico City, Mexico. 2008.
  • Optimization-Based Strategies for the Operation of Low-Density Polyethylene Tubular Reactors. AIChE Meeting -  Philadelphia, PA. 2008. 
  • Nonlinear Programming Strategies for State Estimation and Model Predictive Control. Assessment and Future Directions of Nonlinear Model Predictive Control -  Pavia, Italy. 2008. [pdf]
  • Large-Scale Optimization-Based Strategies for the Operation of Low-Density Polyethylene Tubular Reactors. ESCAPE 18 - Lyon, France. 2008.
  • Frameworks for On-Line Direct Transcription. SIAM  Conference on Optimization - Boston, MA. 2008. [pdf]
  • Stability and Performance Analysis of NLP Sensitivity-Based NMPC Controllers. AIChE Meeting - Salt Lake City, Utah. 2007. [pdf]
  • A Moving Horizon Estimation Algorithm Based on NLP Sensitivity. AIChE Meeting - Salt Lake City, Utah. 2007. [pdf]
  • Efficient Parallel Solution of DAE Constrained Optimization Problems with Loosely Coupled Algebraic Components. AIChE Meeting - Salt Lake City, Utah. 2007.
  • A Sensitivity-Based Barrier Strategy for Nonlinear Model Predictive Control. International Congress of Industrial and Applied Mathematics - Zurich, Switzerland. 2007.
  • A Fast Computational Framework for Large-Scale Moving Horizon Estimation. 8th International Symposium on Dynamics and Control of Process systems - Cancun, Mexico. 2007 [pdf].
  • Sensitivity-Based NMPC with Delayed Optimization.  NMPC- SOFAP  Workshop - Loughborough, UK. 2007.
  • Parallel Solution of Large-Scale Nonlinear Parameter Estimation Problems with IPOPT.  SIAM Meeting on Computational Science and Engineering - Costa Mesa, CA. 2007.
  • Simultaneous Nonlinear Programming Strategies for NMPC Applications. OPTEC Seminar - Leuven, Belgium. 2006.
  • A Fast and Efficient Computational Framework for Large-Scale NMPC. AIChE Meeting - San Francisco, CA. 2006 [pdf].
  • Large-Scale Nonlinear Parameter Estimation with IPOPT. INFORMS Meeting - Pittsburgh, PA. 2006 [pdf].
  • Warm-Starting Strategies for Interior-Point Methods. PSE Seminar - Pittsburgh, PA. 2006 [pdf].
  • Simultaneous Large-Scale Parameter Estimation in Tubular Polymerization Reactors. AIChE Meeting - Cinccinnati, OH. 2005.
  • Mathematical Modeling of High-Pressure Ethylene Polymerization Reactors. PSE Seminar - Pittsburgh, PA. 2005 [pdf].