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  • Fall 2019 Joint CSC@USC/CommNetS-MHI Seminar Series

    Mon, Nov 18, 2019 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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    Speaker: Steven Brunton, University of Washington

    Talk Title: Machine Learning and Sparse Optimization for Modeling, Sensing, and Controlling Fluid Dynamics

    Abstract: Many tasks in fluid mechanics, such as design optimization, sensor selection, modeling, and control, are challenging because fluids are nonlinear and exhibit a large range of scales in both space and time. This range of scales necessitates exceedingly high-dimensional measurements and computational discretization to resolve all relevant features, resulting in vast data sets and time-intensive computations. Indeed, fluid dynamics is one of the original big data fields, and many high-performance computing architectures, experimental measurement techniques, and advanced data processing and visualization algorithms were driven by decades of research in fluid mechanics. Despite the increasing volumes of fluid data, low-dimensional patterns often exist, and there are considerable efforts to model the evolution of these dominant coherent structures that are important for engineering objectives. In this talk, I will explore a number of emerging techniques in machine learning and sparse optimization that complement existing numerical and experimental efforts in fluid mechanics. Machine learning comprises a powerful set of techniques to uncover these low-dimensional flow patterns, which in turn enables sparse optimization for efficient sampling and computations. The resulting models are parsimonious, balancing model complexity with descriptive ability while avoiding overfitting. Because fluid dynamics is central to transportation, health, energy, and defense systems, I will emphasize the importance of machine learning solutions that are interpretable, generalizable, and that respect known physics.

    Biography: Steven L. Brunton is the James B. Morrison Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington. He is also Adjunct Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics and a Data Science Fellow at the eScience Institute. Steve received the B.S. in mathematics from Caltech in 2006 and the Ph.D. in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton in 2012. His research combines machine learning with dynamical systems to model and control systems in fluid dynamics, biolocomotion, optics, energy systems, and manufacturing. He is a co-author of three textbooks, received the Army and Air Force Young Investigator Program (YIP) awards, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

    Host: Prof. Si-Zhao Qin, sqin@usc.edu

    More Info: http://csc.usc.edu/seminars/2019Fall/brunton.html

    More Information: 191118_Steven Brunton_CSC.pdf

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 132

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Brienne Moore

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