Numerical Methods for PDE Constrained Optimization with Uncertain Data

  • Matthias Heinkenschloss

    Rice University, Houston, United States
  • Volker Schulz

    Universität Trier, Germany


Optimization problems governed by partial differential equations (PDEs) arise in many applications in the form of optimal control, optimal design, or parameter identification problems. In most applications, parameters in the governing PDEs are not deterministic, but rather have to be modeled as random variables or, more generally, as random fields. It is crucial to capture and quantify the uncertainty in such problems rather than to simply replace the uncertain coefficients with their mean values. However, treating the uncertainty adequately and in a computationally tractable manner poses many mathematical challenges. The numerical solution of optimization problems governed by stochastic PDEs builds on mathematical subareas, which so far have been largely investigated in separate communities: Stochastic Programming, Numerical Solution of Stochastic PDEs, and PDE Constrained Optimization. The workshop achieved an impulse towards cross-fertilization of those disciplines which also was the subject of several scientific discussions. It is to be expected that future exchange of ideas between these areas will give rise to new insights and powerful new numerical methods.

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Matthias Heinkenschloss, Volker Schulz, Numerical Methods for PDE Constrained Optimization with Uncertain Data. Oberwolfach Rep. 10 (2013), no. 1, pp. 239–293

DOI 10.4171/OWR/2013/04