Colloquium: Dr. Habib Najm
Time: Sep 19, 2014 04:00 PM
Location: Parker Hall 249



Speaker: Dr. Habib Najm, Sandia National Laboratories at Livermore California

Title: Uncertainty Quantification in Computational Models 

Abstract: Models of physical systems typically involve inputs/parameters that are determined from empirical measurements, and therefore exhibit a certain degree of uncertainty. Estimating the propagation of this uncertainty into computational model output predictions is crucial for purposes of model validation, design optimization, and decision support.

Recent years have seen significant developments in probabilistic methods for efficient uncertainty quantification (UQ) in computational models.  These methods are grounded in the use of functional representations for random variables. In particular, Polynomial Chaos (PC) expansions have seen significant use in this context. The utility of PC methods has been demonstrated in a range of physical models, including structural mechanics, porous media, fluid dynamics, aeronautics, heat transfer, and chemically reacting flow. While high-dimensionality remains a challenge, great strides have been made in dealing with moderate dimensionality along with non-linearity and oscillatory dynamics.

In this talk, I will give an overview of UQ in computational models.  I will cover the two key classes of UQ activities, namely: estimation of uncertain input parameters from empirical data, and forward propagation of parametric uncertainty to model outputs. I will cover the basics of PC UQ methods with examples of their use in both forward and inverse UQ problems.

Faculty host: Xiaoying Han 

Last updated: 09/09/2014