Model Validation & Uncertainty Quantification



Roland Platz
DIT - Deggendorf Institute
of Technology

Garrison Flynn
Los Alamos National

Kyle Neal
Sandia National Laboratories

Scott Ouellette
Los Alamos National Laboratory





The purpose of the Technical Division on Model Validation and Uncertainty Quantification (MV&UQ) is to provide maximum technical benefits to its members by:


  • Promoting the advancement and understanding of MV&UQ theory and methods by providing a forum for the exchange of information on MV&UQ theory, methods, applications, and related activities
  • Promoting best practice in the areas of experimental testing and validated simulation through the use of MV&UQ methods
  • Providing educational opportunities to promote the understanding and use of proven MV&UQ methods
  • Whenever possible, promoting the exchange of information and coordinating MV&UQ related activities with other technical or professional societies


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SEM Symposium on Model Validation and Uncertainty

The first SEM Symposium on Model Validation and Uncertainty Quantification will be held at IMAC XXXV. The symposium has grown out of the sustained interest in MV&UQ activities at the IMAC conference, and is intended to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas in the development and application of MV&UQ techniques. A primary goal of the symposium is for participants to collaborate in the development of methods to address real-life structural dynamics applications. The symposium will include a keynote talk by Prof. Isaac Elishakoff (Distinguished Research Professor, Florida Atlantic University).


Numerical models and simulations are approximate representations of the actual systems they represent. Verification and Validation (V&V) along with uncertainty quantification (UQ) activities provide a means to establish model credibility in a quantitative and objective manner. Model verification ensures that the mathematical model is being solved correctly while model validation ensures that model is sufficiently credible representation of reality. Uncertainty quantification seeks to evaluate the effects of uncertainties that originate from numerous sources and track the propagation of those uncertainties to the final prediction(s) of the model. MV&UQ processes are necessary to ensure that advanced numerical models may be relied upon with confidence.

The symposium is intended to be of interest to both newcomers and experienced hands in this field, and should appeal to all conference attendees whose work makes use of model predictions. The highlight of the Monday sessions will be a keynote talk by Prof. Elishakoff followed by an overview of MV&UQ approaches presented by experts in the field. A full programme of talks over the following three days will cover a broad span of recent developments, from the development of new tools through to industrial application. Highlights include special sessions on modelling of musical instruments and UQ for material models, plus a session on novel and potentially powerful methods for controlling uncertainty. The first symposium will include sessions covering:

  • Overview of Model Validation and Uncertainty Quantification (2 sessions)
  • Uncertainty Quantification in Structural Dynamics (5 sessions)
  • Model Validation and Uncertainty Quantification: Industrial Applications
  • Controlling Uncertainty
  • Uncertainty Quantification in Material Models (2 sessions)
  • Modelling of Musical Instruments
  • Uncertainty in Early Stage Design
  • Applications of Uncertainty Quantification
  • Additive Manufacturing
2022 Paper Title:  Probability Bounds Analysis Applied to Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle Nonlinearity
Author(s):  Douglas Adams, Vanderbilt University
Presented at:  IMAC-XL, Orlando, FL
2021 Paper Title:  On an application of Graph Neural Networks in Population Based SHM
Author(s):  Andrew Brown, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center; Jennifer DeLessio, JSEG/ESSCA - NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center; Timothy Wray, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center
Presented at:  IMAC-XXXIX, Virtual
2018 Paper Title:  Analysis of Contact Dynamics using Controlled Impact Excitations
Author(s):  Shekhar, S.
Presented at:  IMAC-XXXVI Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics, February 12-15, 2018, Orlando, FL
2017 Paper Title:  Towards Robust Sustainable System Design – An Engineering-Inspired Approach
Author(s):  M. Holl-Technische Universität Darmstadt, P. Pelz-Technische Universität Darmstadt
Presented at:  IMAC-XXXV Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics, January 30-February 2, 2017, Garden Grove, CA
2016 Paper Title:  Bayesian Treatment of Spatially-Varying Parameter Estimation Problems via Canonical BUS
Author(s):  S. Rahrovani, Chalmers University of Technology, S.K. Au, University of Liverpool, T. Abrahamsson, Chalmers University of Technology
Presented at:  IMAC-XXXIV Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics, January 25-28, 2016, Orlando, FL
2015 Paper Title:  Model Validation in Scientific Computing: Considering Robustness to Non-Probabilistic Uncertainty in the Input Parameters
Author(s):  G. Roche, S. Prabhu, Clemson University; P. Shields, Applied Building Sciences, Inc.; S. Atamturktur, Clemson University
Presented at:  IMAC-XXXIII Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics, February 2-5, 2015, Orlando, FL
2014 Paper Title:  Calibration of System Parameters Under Model Uncertainty
Author(s):  G.N. Absi, S. Mahadevan, Vanderbilt University
Presented at:  IMAC-XXXII Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics, February 3-6, 2014, Orlando, FL
2013 Paper Title:  Robust Model Calibration With Load Uncertainties
Author(s):  D. Pereiro, IK4-IKERLAN; S. Cogan, E. Sadoulet-Reboul, University of Franche-Comte; F. Martinez, IK4-IKERLAN
Presented at:  IMAC-XXXI Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics, February 11-14, 2013, Garden Grove, CA
2012 Paper Title:  Robust Control Design for Uncertain Nonlinear Dynamic Systems
Author(s):  S.P. Kenny, NASA Langley Research Center; L.G. Crespo, National Institute of Aerospace; L. Andrews, Old Dominion University; D.P. Giesy, NASA Langley Research Center
Presented at:  IMAC-XXX Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics, January 30-February 2, 2012, Jacksonville, FL
2011 Paper Title:  Multi-dimensional Calibration of Impact Dynamic Models
Author(s):  L.G. Horta, M.C. Reaves, M.S. Annett, K.E. Jackson, NASA Langley Research Center
Presented at:  IMAC-XXIX Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics, January 31-February 3, 2011, Jacksonville, FL
2010 Paper Title:  Geological Stress State Calibration and Uncertainty Analysis
Author(s):  J.M. McFarland, A. Morris, B. Bichon, D. Riha, D. Ferrill, R. McGinnis, Southwest Research Institute
Presented at:  IMAC-XXVIII Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics, February 1-4, 2010, Jacksonville, FL
2009 Paper Title:  Verification and Validation Under Uncertainty Applied to Finite Element Models of Historic Masonry Monuments
Author(s):  S. Atamturktur, The Pennsylvania State University
Presented at:  IMAC-XXVII Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics, February 9-12, 2009, Orlando, FL
2008 Paper Title:  Uncertainty Propagation in Experimental Dynamic Substructuring
Author(s):  D. de Klerk, S.N. Voormeeren, Delft University of Technology
Presented at:  IMAC-XXVI Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics, February 4-7, 2008, Orlando, FL