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IS&T Seminar: Multifidelity Modeling for Identification, Prediction and Optimization of Large-scale Complex Systems

April 15, 2013
Time: 11 AM - 12 PM
Location: TA-3, Bldg. 1690, Room 102 (CNLS Conference Room)

Speaker: Karen Willcox, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Abstract:  Often we have available several numerical models that describe a system of interest. These numerical models may vary in "fidelity" or "skill," encompassing different resolutions, different physics, and different modeling assumptions; they may also include surrogates such as reduced-order models. A multifidelity approach seeks to exploit optimally all available models and data. This talk discusses the key elements of multifidelity modeling: constructing reduced-order models, quantifying model uncertainties, selecting models with appropriate fidelity for the prediction/decision task at hand, and synthesizing multifidelity information. We show the benefit of multifidelity modeling for the tasks of prediction, design optimization, and uncertainty quantification.

Biography:  Karen Willcox is Professor of Aeronautics & Astronautics in the Aerospace Computational Design Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is also Co-Director of the MIT Center for Computational Engineering and Associate Head of the Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and masters and PhD degrees from MIT. Before joining the faculty at MIT, she worked at Boeing Phantom Works with the Blended-Wing-Body group. Prof. Willcox's research and teaching interests lie in computational simulation and optimization of engineering systems with two major research focuses. The first is model reduction for large-scale systems with applications in uncertainty quantification, inverse problems, decision under uncertainty, and multifidelity design methods. The second is aircraft system design and optimization with particular emphasis on multifidelity modeling.

For more information contact the technical host David Wolpert, dwolpert@lanl.gov, 665-7914 or Frank Alexander, fja@lanl.gov, 665-4518.  If you'd like to make an appointment to meet with Willcox please contact Josephine Olivas, jojo@lanl.gov, 663-5715.

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