Ph.D. Thesis
 Algebraic Relaxations and Hardness Results in Polynomial Optimization and Lyapunov Analysis
A. A. Ahmadi
PhD Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011
[pdf], [abstract]
Papers
 A Sum of Squares Characterization of Perfect Graphs
A. A. Ahmadi, C. Dibek
Submitted, 2021
[pdf]
 Sums of Separable and Quadratic Polynomials
A. A. Ahmadi, C. Dibek, and G. Hall
Submitted, 2021
[pdf]
 Complexity Aspects of Local Minima and Related Notions
A. A. Ahmadi and J. Zhang
To appear in Advances in Mathematics, 2021
[pdf], slides
 On the Complexity of Finding a Local Minimizer of a Quadratic Function over a Polytope
A. A. Ahmadi and J. Zhang
To appear in Mathematical Programming, 2021
[pdf]
 Safely Learning Dynamical Systems from Short Trajectories
A. A. Ahmadi, A. Chaudhry, V. Sindhwani, S. Tu
To appear in Learning for Dynamics and Control, 2021
[pdf]
 Learning Dynamical Systems with Side Information
A. A. Ahmadi and B. El Khadir
Under review, 2020
Shorter version appeared in Learning for Dynamics and Control, 2020
[pdf]
 A Survey of Recent Scalability Improvements for Semidefinite Programming with Applications in Machine Learning, Control, and Robotics
 A. Majumdar, G. Hall, and A. A. Ahmadi
Annual Reviews in Control, Robotics, and Autonomous Systems, 2020
[pdf]
 TimeVarying Semidefinite Programs
A. A. Ahmadi and B. El Khadir
To appear in Mathematics of Operations Research, 2020
[pdf]
 On the Complexity of Detecting Convexity over a Box
A. A. Ahmadi and G. Hall
Mathematical Programming, 2019
[pdf]
 RobusttoDynamics Optimization
A. A. Ahmadi and O. Gunluk
Under review, 2020
[pdf]
 On the Construction of Converging Hierarchies for Polynomial Optimization based on Certificates of Global Positivity
A. A. Ahmadi and G. Hall
Mathematics of Operations Research, 2019
[pdf] [Young Researchers' Prize of the INFORMS Optimization Society]
 DSOS and SDSOS Optimization: More Tractable Alternatives to Sum of Squares and Semidefinite Optimization
A. A. Ahmadi and A. Majumdar
SIAM Journal on Applied Algebraic Geometry, 2019
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(Related news article by Quanta Magazine)
(Related rebuttal: [pdf])
 On the Complexity of Testing Attainment of the Optimal Value in Nonlinear Optimization
A. A. Ahmadi and J. Zhang
Mathematical Programming, 2019
[pdf]
 A Globally Asymptotically Stable Polynomial Vector Field with Rational Coefficients and no Local Polynomial Lyapunov Function
A. A. Ahmadi and B. El Khadir
Systems & Control Letters, 2018
[pdf]
 On Algebraic Proofs of Stability for Homogeneous Vector Fields
A. A. Ahmadi and B. El Khadir
IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 2019
[pdf]
 Semidefinite Programming and Nash Equilibria in Bimatrix Games
A. A. Ahmadi and J. Zhang
INFORMS Journal on Computing, 2019
[pdf]
 Polynomial Norms
A. A. Ahmadi, E. de Klerk, G. Hall
SIAM Journal on Optimization, 2019
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 SOSConvex Lyapunov Functions and Stability of Difference Inclusions
A. A. Ahmadi and R. M. Jungers
Submitted, 2018
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 Sum of Squares Polynomials and Geometry of 3D Environments
A. A. Ahmadi, G. Hall, A. Makadia, and V. Sindhwani
Robotics: Science and Systems, 2017
[pdf]
 Sum of Squares Certificates for Stability of Planar, Homogeneous, and Switched Systems
A. A. Ahmadi, Pablo A Parrilo
IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 2017
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 A Characterization of Lyapunov Inequalities for Stability of Switched Systems
R. Jungers, A. A. Ahmadi, P. A. Parrilo, and M. Roozbehani
IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 2017
[pdf]
 DC Decomposition of Nonconvex Polynomials with Algebraic Techniques
A. A. Ahmadi and G. Hall
To appear in Math Programming, 2016
[pdf]
 Sum of Squares Basis Pursuit with Linear and Second Order Cone Programming
A. A. Ahmadi and G. Hall
Contemporary Mathematics, to appear, 2016
[pdf]
 Optimization over Structured Subsets of Positive Semidefinite Matrices via Column Generation
A. A. Ahmadi, S. Dash, and G. Hall
Discrete Optimization, to appear, 2016
[pdf]
 Improving Efficiency and Scalability of Sum of Squares Optimization: Recent Advances and Limitations
A. A. Ahmadi, G. Hall, A. Papachristodoulou, J. Saunderson, and Y. Zheng
In the Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 2017
[pdf]
 Robusttodynamics Optimization
A. A. Ahmadi and O. Gunluk
In preparation, 2017  conference version appeared in the Proceedings of the 2015 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control.
[slides]
 Lower Bounds on Complexity of Lyapunov Functions for Switched Linear Systems
A. A. Ahmadi and R. Jungers
Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems, 2016
[pdf]
 Towards Scalable Algorithms with Formal Guarantees for Lyapunov Analysis of Control Systems via Algebraic Optimization
A. A. Ahmadi and P. A. Parrilo
Tutorial paper  to appear in the Proceedings of the 53rd the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 2014
[pdf]
 Some Applications of Polynomial Optimization in Operations Research and RealTime Decision Making
A. A. Ahmadi and A. Majumdar
To appear in Optimization Letters, 2015.
[pdf]
 Control and Verification of HighDimensional Systems via DSOS and SDSOS Optimization
A. Majumdar, A. A. Ahmadi, and R. Tedrake
To appear in the Proceedings of the 53rd the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 2014
[pdf]
 DSOS and SDSOS Optimization: LP and SOCPBased Alternatives to SOS Optimization
A. A. Ahmadi and A. Majumdar
In the Proceedings of the 2014 Conference on Information Sciences and Systems
 On Complexity of Lyapunov Functions for Switched Linear Systems
A. A. Ahmadi and R. Jungers
To appear in the Proceedings of the World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control, 2014
[pdf]
 Switched Stability of Nonlinear Systems via SOSConvex Lyapunov Functions and Semidefinite Programming
A. A. Ahmadi and R. Jungers
In the Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 2013
[pdf]
 Computational and Algebraic Aspects of Convexity
Fall 2013 Newsletter of the INFORMS Computing Society
[link to pdf]
 Modern Optimization Tools for Complex Business and Economic Dynamics
A. A. Ahmadi
In preparation, 2013
 Stability of Polynomial Differential Equations: Complexity and Converse Lyapunov Questions
A. A. Ahmadi and P. A. Parrilo
IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Submitted, 2013
[pdf]
 A Complete Characterization of the Gap between Convexity and SOSConvexity
A. A. Ahmadi and P. A. Parrilo
SIAM Journal on Optimization, 2013 [INFORMS Computing Society Prize 1/3 ]
[pdf], [arXiv]
 NPhardness of Deciding Convexity of Quartic Polynomials and Related Problems
A. A. Ahmadi, A. Olshevsky, P. A. Parrilo, J. N. Tsitsiklis
Mathematical Programming , 2013 [INFORMS Computing Society Prize 2/3 ], [MIT News]
[pdf], [arXiv]
 A Convex Polynomial that Is Not SOSConvex
A. A. Ahmadi, P. A. Parrilo
Mathematical Programming , 2011 [INFORMS Computing Society Prize 3/3 ]
[pdf], [arXiv]
 Joint Spectral Radius and PathComplete Graph Lyapunov Functions
A. A. Ahmadi, R. Jungers, P. A. Parrilo, and M. Roozbehani
SIAM Journal on Optimization and Control, to appear, 2014 [Best SICON Paper Prize, 20132015]
[pdf], [arXiv]
 Complexity of Ten Decision Problems in Continuous Time Dynamical Systems
A. A. Ahmadi, A. Majumdar, and R. Tedrake
In Proceedings of the 2013 American Control Conference, 2012
[pdf]
 Control Design Along Trajectories via Sum of Squares Optimization
A. Majumdar, A. A. Ahmadi, and R. Tedrake
In Proceedings of the 2013 International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2012
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 Joint Spectral Radius of Rank One Matrices and the Maximum Cycle Mean Problem
A. A. Ahmadi and P. A. Parrilo
In Proceedings of the 51st IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 2012
[pdf]
 On the Difficulty of Deciding Asymptotic Stability of Cubic Homogeneous Vector fields
A. A. Ahmadi
In Proceedings of the American Control Conference, 2012
[pdf], [arXiv] [Best presentation in session on Stability of Nonlinear Systems]
 Feasibility Checks and Control Laws for Reconfigurations of Spacecraft Clusters
N. Moshtagh, A. A. Ahmadi, and M. Mesbahi
In Proceedings of the American Control Conference, 2012
[pdf]
 A Globally Asymptotically Stable Polynomial Vector Field with no Polynomial Lyapunov Function
A. A. Ahmadi, M. Krstic, P. A. Parrilo
In Proceedings of the 50th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 2011
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 Converse Results on Existence of Sum of Squares Lyapunov Functions
A. A. Ahmadi, P. A. Parrilo
In Proceedings of the 50th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 2011
[pdf]
 Analysis of the Joint Spectral Radius via Lyapunov Functions on PathComplete Graphs
A. A. Ahmadi, R. Jungers, P. A. Parrilo, M. Roozbehani
Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control, 2011 (Book Chapter)
[pdf]
 On the Equivalence of Algebraic Conditions for Convexity and Quasiconvexity of Polynomials
A. A. Ahmadi, P. A. Parrilo
In Proceedings of 49th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 2010
[pdf]
 On Higher Order Derivatives of Lyapunov Functions
A. A. Ahmadi, P. A. Parrilo
In Proceedings of the 2011 American Control Conference, Submitted in 2010
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A Positive Definite Polynomial Hessian that Does not Factor
A. A. Ahmadi, P. A. Parrilo
In Proceedings of 48th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 2009
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Nonmonotonic Lyapunov Functions for Stability of Discrete Time Nonlinear and Switched Systems
A. A. Ahmadi, P. A. Parrilo
In Proceedings of 47th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 2008
[pdf] [Best Student Paper Award Finalist] 
HighSpeed Broadband PolarizationIndependent Optical Clock Recovery in a Silicon Detector
A. A. Ahmadi, R. Salem, T. E. Murphy
The Optical Fiber Communication Conference, 2006
[pdf] [Washington Society of Engineers' Young Engineer Prize] 
TwoPhoton Absorption for Optical Clock Recovery in OTDM Networks
R.Salem, A. A. Ahmadi, G. E. Tudury, G. M. Carter, T. E. Murphy
IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology, 2007
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Working Papers
 Convex Ternary Quartics are SOSConvex
A. A. Ahmadi, G. Blekherman, P. A. Parrilo
S.M. Thesis
 Nonmonotonic Lyapunov Functions for Stability of Nonlinear and Switched Systems: Theory and Computation
A. A. Ahmadi
Master's Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008
[pdf], [official]