HEMI Fellow Michael Shields Receives DOE Early Career Award

Aug 28, 2019 | No Comments | By Jessica Ader

HEMI Fellow Michael Shields (assistant professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering) has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science to receive a five-year grant under the agency’s Early Career Research Program.

Shields’ project, titled, “Low-dimensional Manifold Learning for Uncertainty Quantification in Complex Multi-scale Stochastic Systems” leverages large-scale so-called dimension hyper-reduction methods to enable uncertainty quantification for complex multi-scale systems. The advanced modeling approach is likely to be more computationally manageable than conventional methods, allowing for potentially significant impacts in far-ranging fields from computer vision, to language processing, data analysis/machine learning and clustering, and complex networks such as infrastructure and/or communication systems because they afford a fundamental ability to learn from the intrinsic structure of high-dimensional data on the Grassmannian, which is widely recognized as important in these fields. The research developments proposed will also lead to advanced software solutions such as the UQpy open-source Python toolbox for large-scale uncertainty quantification in multiscale stochastic systems.

The DOE Early Career Research Program, now in its tenth year, is designed to bolster the nation’s scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early career years, when many scientists do their most formative work. To learn more about the award and view information from the other 2019 awardees, click here.

This is Shields’ third young investigator award. He is also the recipient of the National Science Foundation Early CAREER Award and the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award.

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