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Data-driven discovery of governing equations in the engineering, physical and biological sciences

PDE and Applied Math Seminar

Speaker: Nathan Kutz, University of Washington
Related Webpage: http://faculty.washington.edu/kutz/
Location: 2112 MSB
Start time: Mon, May 15 2017, 3:10PM

We demonstrate that the integration of data-driven dynamical systems and machine learning strategies are now capable of extracting governing laws from time-series measurements of physical/biophysical systems. Specifically, we demonstrate that we can use emerging, large-scale time-series data from modern sensors to directly construct, in an adaptive manner, governing equations, even nonlinear dynamics, that best model the system measured using sparsity-promoting techniques. Recent innovations also allow for handling multi-scale physics phenomenon and control protocols in an adaptive and robust way. The overall architecture is equation-free in that the dynamics and control protocols are discovered directly from data acquired from sensors. The theory developed is demonstrated on a number of example problems. Ultimately, the method can be used to construct adaptive controllers which are capable of obtaining and maintaining optimal states while the machine learning and sparse sensing techniques characterize the system itself for rapid state identification and improved optimization.

This is a joint seminar between math biology and applied math.