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UQ for inverse problems in complex systems


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9th April 2018 to 13th April 2018
Claudia Schillings
Derek Bingham Simon Fraser University
Donald Estep
Catherine Powell
Daniel Williamson

Workshop Theme

It is characteristic of many physical systems that quantities that are accessible to experimental observation are related through mathematical models to important characteristics that are not directly observable. For this reason, the formulation and solution of inverse problems is a fundamental component of scientific inference and engineering design using data and models. It is also one of the fundamental challenges in Uncertainty Quantification, since uncertainty and stochastic error affects both the observable quantities and models. Those challenges become very severe when the systems involved are complex, e.g. incorporating multiple physical processes acting over a range of scales.

The workshop will be devoted to exploring the challenges associated with stochastic inverse problems for complex systems. The workshop will be organized around a set of themes: (1) Formulation, solution, and use of inverse problems for large complex systems; (2) Bayesian model calibration; (3) Efficiency and accuracy in computational methods for stochastic inverse problems; and (4) Experimental design. We will also organize a discussion exploring the possibility of establishing a set of community challenge problems.



  • Professor Derek Bingham
  • Professor Peter Challenor
  • Professor Paul Constantine
  • Dr Masoumeh Dashti
  • Professor Angela Dean
  • Professor Don Estep
  • Dr David Ginsbourger
  • Professor Mark Girolami
  • Professor Michael Goldstein
  • Professor Serge Guillas
  • Professor Ilya Mandel
  • Dr Hugo Maruri-Aguilar
  • Professor Youssef Marzouk
  • Professor Richard Nickl
  • Professor Jeremy Oakley
  • Professor Matt Pratola
  • Dr Luc Pronzato
  • Professor Robert Scheichl
  • Professor Claudia Schillings
  • Professor Christoph Schwab
  • Professor Andrew Stuart
  • Professor Tim Sullivan
  • Dr Aretha Teckentrup
  • Professor Ian Vernon
  • Professor Clayton Webster
  • Dr Richard Wilkinson
  • Professor Daniel Williamson


Deadline for applications: 4th February 2018

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Please note members of Cambridge University are welcome to turn up and sign in as a non-registered attendee on the day(s) during the workshop and attend the lecture(s). Please note that we cannot provide you with any support including name badge, meals or accommodation.

In addition to visiting the INI, there are multiple ways in which you can participate remotely.


Registration Only    
  • Registration Package: £230
  • Student Registration Package: £180

The Registration Package includes admission to all seminars, lunches and refreshments on the days that lectures take place (Monday - Friday), wine reception and formal dinner, but does not include other meals or accommodation.

Registration and Accommodation
  • Accommodation Package: £580

The Accommodation Package includes a registration fee, bed and breakfast accommodation at Churchill College from the evening of Sunday 8th April 2018 to breakfast on Saturday 14th April 2018, together with lunches and refreshments during the days that lectures take place (Monday - Friday). The formal dinner is also included, but no other evening meals.

Formal Dinner Only
  • Formal Dinner: £50

Participants on the Accommodation Package or Registration Package, including organisers and speakers, are automatically included in this event. For all remaining participants who would like to attend, such as programme participants, the above charge will apply.


Accommodation in single study bedrooms with shared facilities and breakfast are provided at Churchill College,



Lunch will be served in house on days that lectures take place.

Evening Meal

Participants are free to make their own arrangements for dinner.

Formal Dinner

The Formal Dinner will take place Wednesday 11th April at Gonville and Caius College. Participants on the Accommodation Package or Registration Package, including organisers and speakers, are automatically included in this event.

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