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Uncertainty Quantification (Sommersemester 2021)

  • Dozent*in: Dr. Jonas Kusch
  • Veranstaltungen: Vorlesung (0164400), Übung (0164410)
  • Semesterwochenstunden: 2+1

Die Vorlesung und das Tutorium finden virtuell auf Microsoft Teams statt. Den Link zu Teams finden Sie über ILIAS. Den Link zu ILIAS finden Sie im Campus-System.

The lecture and tutorial will take place virtually on Microsoft Teams. You can find the Link to Teams via ILIAS, which you access through the Campus system.

Vorlesung: Donnerstag 8:00-9:30
Übung: Donnerstag 15:45-17:15
Dozent, Übungsleiter Dr. Jonas Kusch
Sprechstunde: nach Vereinbarung
Zimmer 3.019 Kollegiengebäude Mathematik (20.30)
Email: jonas.kusch@kit.edu

There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – there are things we do not know we don't know." (Donald Rumsfeld)

In this class, we learn to deal with the "known unknowns", a field called Uncertainty Quantification (UQ). More specifically, we focus on methods to propagate uncertain input parameters through differential equation models. Given uncertain input, how uncertain is the output? The first part of the course ("how to do it") gives an overview on techniques that are used. Among these are: Sensitivity analysis, Monte-Carlo methods, Spectral expansions, Stochastic Galerkin method, Collocation methods and sparse grids. The second part of the course ("why to do it like this") deals with the theoretical foundations of these methods. The so-called "curse of dimensionality" leads us to questions from approximation theory. We look back at the very standard numerical algorithms of interpolation and quadrature, and ask how they perform in many dimensions.


  • R.C. Smith: Uncertainty Quantification: Theory, Implementation, and Applications, SIAM, 2014.
  • T.J. Sullivan: Introduction to Uncertainty Quantification, Springer-Verlag, 2015.
  • D. Xiu: Numerical Methods for Stochastic Computations, Princeton University Press, 2010.
  • O.P. Le Maître, O.M. Knio: Spectral Methods for Uncertainty Quantification, Springer-Verlag, 2010.
  • R. Ghanem, D. Higdon, H. Owhadi:Handbook of Uncertainty Quantification, Springer-Verlag, 2017.