Seminars and Colloquia by Series

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 14:00 , Location: Skiles 005 , Prof. Michael Muskulus , NTNU: Norwegian University of Science and Technology , , Organizer: Joseph Walsh
This talk addresses an important problem in arctic engineering due to interesting dynamic phenomena in a forced linear system. The nonautonomous system considered is representative of a whole class of engineering problems that are not approachable by standard techniques from dynamical system theory.The background are ice-induced vibrations of structures (e.g. wind turbines or measurement masts) in regions with active sea ice. Ice is a complex material and the mechanism for ice-induced vibrations is not fully clear at present. In particular, the conditions under which the observed, qualitatively different vibration regimes are active cannot be predicted accurately so far. A recent mathematical model developed by Delft University of Technology assumes that a number of parallel ice strips are pushing with a constant velocity against a flexible structure. The structure is modelled as a single degree of freedom harmonic oscillator. The contact force acts on the structure, but at the same time slows down the advancement of the ice, thereby introducing a dynamic nonlinearity in the otherwise linear system. When the local contact force becomes large enough, the ice crushes and the corresponding strip is reset to a random offset in front of the structure.This is the first mathematical model that exhibits all three different dynamic regimes that are observed in reality: for slow ice velocities the structure undergoes quasi-static sawtooth responses where all ice strips fail at the same time (a kind of synchronization phenomenon), for large ice velocities the structure response appears random, and for intermediate ice velocities the system exhibits vibrations at the structure eigenfrequency, commonly called frequency lock-in behavior. The latter type of vibrations causes a lot of damage to the structure and poses a safety and economic risk, so its occurrence needs to be predicted accurately.As I will show in this talk, the descriptive terms for the three vibration regimes are slightly misleading, as the mechanisms behind the observed behaviors are somewhat different than intuition suggests. I will present first results in analyzing the system and offer some explanations of the observed behaviors, as well as some simple criteria for the switch between the different vibration regimes.
Monday, March 13, 2017 - 14:00 , Location: Skiles 005 , Prof. Yao Li , University of Massachusetts Amherst , , Organizer: Molei Tao
In this talk I will present my recent result about the ergodic properties of nonequilibrium steady-state (NESS) for a stochastic energy exchange model. The energy exchange model is numerically reduced from a billiards-like deterministic particle system that models the microscopic heat conduction in a 1D chain. By using a technique called the induced chain method, I proved the existence, uniqueness, polynomial speed of convergence to the NESS, and polynomial speed of mixing for the stochastic energy exchange model. All of these are consistent with the numerical simulation results of the original deterministic billiards-like system.
Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 14:00 , Location: Skiles 006 , Professor Kui Ren , University of Texas, Austin , Organizer: Sung Ha Kang
Two-photon photoacoustic tomography (TP-PAT) is a non-invasive  optical molecular imaging modality that aims at inferring two-photon absorption property of heterogeneous media from photoacoustic measurements. In this work, we analyze an inverse problem in quantitative TP-PAT where we intend to reconstruct optical coefficients in a semilinear elliptic PDE, the mathematical model for the propagation of near infra-red photons in tissue-like optical media, from the internal absorbed energy data. We derive uniqueness and stability results on the reconstructions of single and multiple coefficients, and perform numerical simulations based on synthetic data to validate the theoretical analysis.
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 14:00 , Location: Skiles 005 , Gunay Dogan , National Institute of Standards and Technology , Organizer: Sung Ha Kang
For many problems in science and engineering, one needs to quantitatively compare shapes of objects in images, e.g., anatomical structures in medical images, detected objects in images of natural scenes. One might have large databases of such shapes, and may want to cluster, classify or compare such elements. To be able to perform such analyses, one needs the notion of shape distance quantifying dissimilarity of such entities. In this work, we focus on the elastic shape distance of Srivastava et al. [PAMI, 2011] for closed planar curves. This provides a flexible and intuitive geodesic distance measure between curve shapes in an appropriate shape space, invariant to translation, scaling, rotation and reparametrization. Computing this distance, however, is computationally expensive. The original algorithm proposed by Srivastava et al. using dynamic programming runs in cubic time with respect to the number of nodes per curve. In this work, we propose a new fast hybrid iterative algorithm to compute the elastic shape distance between shapes of closed planar curves. The asymptotic time complexity of our iterative algorithm is O(N log(N)) per iteration. However, in our experiments, we have observed almost a linear trend in the total running times depending on the type of curve data.
Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 09:00 , Location: University of Georgia, Paul D. Coverdell Center for Biomedical & Health Sciences, Athens, GA 30602 , Haomin Zhou , GT Math , Organizer: Sung Ha Kang
The Georgia Scientific Computing Symposium (GSCS) is a forum for professors, postdocs, graduate students and other researchers in Georgia to meet in an informal setting, to exchange ideas, and to highlight local scientific computing research. The symposium has been held every year since 2009 and is open to the entire research community. The format of the day-long symposium is a set of invited presentations, poster sessions and a poster blitz, and plenty of time to network with other attendees. More information at 
Monday, November 28, 2016 - 14:05 , Location: Skiles 005 , Prof. Enlu Zhou , Georgia Tech ISyE , Organizer: Martin Short
Many real-life systems require simulation techniques to evaluate the system performance and facilitate decision making. Stochastic simulation is driven by input model — a collection of probability distributions that model the system stochasticity. The choice of the input model is crucial for successful modeling and analysis via simulation. When there are past observed data of the system stochasticity, we can utilize these data to construct an input model. However, there is only a finite amount of data in practice, so the input model based on data is always subject to uncertainty, which is the so-called input (model) uncertainty. Therefore, a typical stochastic simulation faces two types of uncertainties: one is the input (model) uncertainty, and the other is the intrinsic stochastic uncertainty. In this talk, I will discuss our recent work on how to assess the risk brought by the two types of uncertainties and how to make decisions under these uncertainties.
Monday, November 21, 2016 - 14:05 , Location: Skiles 005 , Dr. Christina Frederick , Georgia Tech Mathematics , Organizer: Martin Short
We present a multiscale approach for identifying features in ocean beds by solving inverse problems in high frequency seafloor acoustics. The setting is based on Sound Navigation And Ranging (SONAR) imaging used in scientific, commercial, and military applications. The forward model incorporates multiscale simulations, by coupling Helmholtz equations and geometrical optics for a wide range of spatial scales in the seafloor geometry. This allows for detailed recovery of seafloor parameters including material type. Simulated backscattered data is generated using numerical microlocal analysis techniques. In order to lower the computational cost of the large-scale simulations in the inversion process, we take advantage of a \r{pre-computed} library of representative acoustic responses from various seafloor parameterizations.
Monday, November 14, 2016 - 14:05 , Location: Skiles 005 , Dr. Maryam Yashtini , Georgia Tech Mathematics , Organizer: Martin Short
Many real-world problems reduce to optimization problems that are solved by iterative methods. In this talk, I focus on recently developed efficient algorithms for solving large-scale optimization problems that arises in medical imaging and image processing. In the first part of my talk, I will introduce the Bregman Operator Splitting with Variable Stepsize (BOSVS) algorithm for solving nonsmooth inverse problems. The proposed algorithm is designed to handle applications where the matrix in the fidelity term is large, dense, and ill-conditioned. Numerical results are provided using test problems from parallel magnetic resonance imaging. In the second part, I will focus on the Euler's Elastica-based model which is non-smooth and non-convex, and involves high-order derivatives. I introduce two efficient alternating minimization methods based on operator splitting and alternating direction method of multipliers, where subproblems can be solved efficiently by Fourier transforms and shrinkage operators. I present the analytical properties of each algorithm, as well as several numerical experiments on image inpainting problems, including comparison with some existing state-of-art methods to show the efficiency and the effectiveness of the proposed methods.
Monday, November 7, 2016 - 14:05 , Location: Skiles 005 , JD Walsh , GA Tech Mathematics, doctoral candidate , Organizer: Martin Short
The boundary method is a new algorithm for solving semi-discrete transport problems involving a variety of ground cost functions. By reformulating a transport problem as an optimal coupling problem, one can construct a partition of its continuous space whose boundaries allow accurate determination of the transport map and its associated Wasserstein distance. The boundary method approximates region boundaries using the general auction algorithm, controlling problem size with a multigrid discard approach. This talk describes numerical and mathematical results obtained when the ground cost is a convex combination of lp norms, and shares preliminary work involving other ground cost functions.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 14:05 , Location: Skiles 006 , Dr. Mehdi Vahab , Florida State University Math , Organizer: Martin Short
An adaptive hybrid level set moment-of-fluid method is developed to study the material solidification of static and dynamic multiphase systems. The main focus is on the solidification of water droplets, which may undergo normal or supercooled freezing. We model the different regimes of freezing such as supercooling, nucleation, recalescence, isothermal freezing and solid cooling accordingly to capture physical dynamics during impact and solidification of water droplets onto solid surfaces. The numerical simulations are validated by comparison to analytical results and experimental observations. The present simulations demonstrate the ability of the method to capture sharp solidification front, handle contact line dynamics, and the simultaneous impact, merging and freezing of a drop. Parameter studies have been conducted, which show the influence of the Stefan number on the regularity of the shape of frozen droplets. Also, it is shown that impacting droplets with different sizes create ice shapes which are uniform near the impact point and become dissimilar away from it. In addition, surface wettability determines whether droplets freeze upon impact or bounce away.