2019 MIT Center for Computational Engineering Symposium

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MIT Distinguished Seminar Series in Computational Science and Engineering
Thursday, October 25, 2018 | 12:00 PM | 3-370

The Richness of Computational Engineering at MIT – Observations on Advocacy and Stewardship
Sidney Yip
Professor Emeritus, Nuclear Science and Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

In an informal op-ed style we express personal views on the evolution of Computational Modeling and Simulation across the Institute, and the continually rising potential of Computational Engineering as an intellectual focus for research and communication among all the MIT departments. We then describe recent studies in molecular simulations which illustrate the fundamental and practical interest in Computational Engineering in Materials. Two related problems will be discussed at a general-audience level, understanding the glass transition phenomenon and deformation and flow in glasses. Both are longstanding issues in the community of condensed matter theory and statistical physics and could be regarded as worthy challenges of Computational Engineering.

MIT Distinguished Seminar Series in Computational Science and Engineering
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 | 12:00 PM | 3-370

Physics-Informed Learning Machines for Physical Systems
George Karniadakis
The Charles Pitts Robinson and John Palmer Barstow Professor of Applied Mathematics
Brown University

Abstract: In this talk, we will present a new approach to develop a data-driven, learning-based framework for predicting outcomes of physical systems and for discovering hidden physics from noisy data.

A key concept is the seamless fusion and integration of data of variable fidelity into the predictive models. First, we will present a Bayesian approach using Gaussian Process Regression (GPR), and subsequently a deep learning approach based on neural networks (NNs). Unlike other approaches that rely on big data, here we “learn” from small data by exploiting the information provided by the physical conservation laws, which are used to obtain informative priors or regularize the neural networks. We will also make connections between GPR and NNs and discuss the new powerful concept of meta-learning.

This works is supported by the DARPA EQUiPS program on Uncertainty Quantification and AFOSR.

Bio: Karniadakis received his S.M. and Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was appointed Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT in 1987 and subsequently he joined the Center for Turbulence Research at Stanford / Nasa Ames. He joined Princeton University as Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and as Associate Faculty in the Program of Applied and Computational Mathematics. He was a Visiting Professor at Caltech in 1993 in the Aeronautics Department and joined Brown University as Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics in the Center for Fluid Mechanics in 1994. After becoming a full professor in 1996, he continues to be a Visiting Professor and Senior Lecturer of Ocean/Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM, 2010-), Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS, 2004-), Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME, 2003-) and Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA, 2006-). He received Alexander von Humboldt award in 2017, the Ralf E Kleinman award from SIAM (2015), the J. Tinsley Oden Medal (2013), and the CFD award (2007) by the US Association in Computational Mechanics. His h-index is 88 and he has been cited over 39,000 times.

MIT Distinguished Seminar Series in Computational Science and Engineering
Thursday, December 13, 2018 | 12:00 PM | 3-370

Tim Colonius
Frank and Ora Lee Marble Professor of Mechanical Engineering
California Institute of Technology

MIT Distinguished Seminar Series in Computational Science and Engineering
Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 12:00 PM | Location TBD

Lek-Heng Lim
Associate Professor, Department of Statistics and the College
University of Chicago

MIT Distinguished Seminar Series in Computational Science and Engineering
Thursday, May 2, 2019 | 12:00 PM | Location TBD

Arnaud Doucet
Professor of Statistics
Oxford University