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Workshop Archives 2010-2011
  Diffusion Optical Imaging,
     October 2011

  Biomechanical Imaging, April 2011
  Microlocal Analysis in Imaging,
     August 2010

  Seismic Waveform Tomography,
     April 2010

  System Identification of Geosystems,
     March 2010

Workshop Archives prior to 2010
  System Identification of Geosystems
     March 24, 2008

  Radar Waveform Design and Imaging
     May 19, 2005

  Geophysics, January 2004
  Solid Mechanics, March 2004
  Opening Conference, 2004


IPRPI Symposium on Inverse Problems and System Identification of GeoSystems
March 29-30, 2010

Workshop Description:

Inverse problem and system identification techniques play an important role in the characterization and modeling of the response of geosystems. These techniques are expected to have in the future an ever growing impact on the ways we monitor, model, analyze and design geosystems. The Inverse Problem Center at RPI (IPRPI, www.iprpi.rpi.edu) is organizing a two-day workshop to discuss recent developments and the role of Inverse Problems and System Identification of geosystems in advancing our understanding and modeling of geosystems.

This workshop is supported by the Division of Mathematical Sciences at the National Science Foundation, NSF DMS-0852516.
**Participant List**

Mourad Zeghal, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, RPI

Schedule of Invited Speakers and Poster Session

Session 1. Monday Morning:

9:00-9:15 AM   Opening Remarks
Workshop Organizer, Mourad Zeghal
Dean of Science, David Spooner
IPRPI Director, Joyce R. McLaughlin

9:15-10:00 AM
Dr. Carey Rappaport
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Northeastern University
Title: Reconstructing tunnel positions under rough surfaces with underground focused synthetic aperture radar

10:00-10:15 AM   Break

10:15-11:00 AM
Dr.Mourad Zeghal

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Title: Development of a Multiscale Monitoring and Health Assessment Framework for Effective Management of Levees and Flood-Control Infrastructure Systems

11:00-11:15 AM  Break

11:15-12:00 PM
Dr. Bojan Guzina
Department of Civil Engineering
University of Minnesota
Title: Some recent issues in non-iterative obstacle reconstruction by mechanical waves

12:00 PM - 1:30   Conference Lunch

Session 2. Monday afternoon:

1:30-2:15 PM
Dr. Christine Shoemaker
Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
Cornell University
Title: Optimization and Response Surface Approximation for Identification and Uncertainty Analysis of Computationally Expensive Multimodal Simulation Models of Environmental Systems

2:15-2:30 PM  Break

2:30-3:15 PM
Dr. Hoshin Gupta
Department of Hydrology & Water Resources
The University of Arizona
Title: Improving Model Identification: Reconciling Theory with Observations & The Problem of Sufficient Statistics

3:15-3:30 PM  Break

3:30-4:15 PM
Dr. Mary C. Hill
U.S. Geological Survey
Title: Sensitivity analysis, calibration, and testing of models using local methods, error-based weighting and one objective function

4:15 PM   Poster Session

Session 3. Tuesday Morning:

9:00 -9:45 AM
Dr. Stefan Finsterle, Ph.D.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
Earth Sciences Division
Title: Joint Inversion in Hydrogeology: Standing the Test of Practical Application

9:45-10:15 AM   Break

10:15 AM-11:00 AM
Dr. Youssef Hashash
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Title: Evolutionary based inverse analysis for geotechnical applications

11:00-11:15 AM   Break

11:15-12:00 PM
Dr. Rowena Lohman
Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Cornell University
Title: Confidence estimates on inferred earthquake source parameters: Applications to Nuclear Test Ban Treaty verification and seismic hazard assessment

12:00 PM-1:00 PM   Conference Lunch

Session 4: Tuesday Afternoon

1:00-1:45 PM
Dr. Ahmed Elgamal
Professor of Structural Engineering
Department of Structural Engineering
University of California, San Diego
Title: System Identification: Historical Perspective and New Horizons

1:45-2:05 PM   Break

2:05-2:50 PM
Dr. Loukas Kallivokas
Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin
Title: The inverse medium problem in PML-truncated domains


The workshop will be held in the Fischbach room located in the Folsom Library, on the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute campus in Troy.

Travel and Lodging:

Driving directions and a campus map can be found at:

There are a number of places to stay in the Troy/Albany/Schenectady area that are convenient to RPI.

We have reserved a block of rooms at a reasonable hotel, Franklin Square Inn & Suites, close to campus. When you request a room, you will need to mention: "IPRPI" to ensure you receive the RPI rates.

Franklin Square Inn and Suites
One Fourth Street
Troy, NY 12180
Ph: 518-274-8800
Fax: 518-274-0427
email: fssuites@yahoo.com

Internet and breakfast are included in the room charge. The workshop will provide a shuttle from the Franklin Inn to the workshop location each morning at 8:15am. The workshop will provide a return shuttle from the workshop location to the Franklin Inn at 5:15pm on Monday, and at 3:15pm on Tuesday. This shuttle will be operated by Northeast Shuttle. The drop off and pick up point on the RPI campus for this shuttle is shown on the attached campus map.

In addition, Rensselaer has a Redhawk shuttle service. The nearest shuttle stop to the Franklin Inn is the Blitman Residence Commons which is located on 6th Ave near the corner of Broadway. The shuttle map including the location of the Blitman Residence Commons and the shuttle route can be found at:

The attached campus map shows the nearest stop of the RPI Redhawk shuttle to the workshop location together with the most direct walking path (marked with red arrows) from the nearest stop to the workshop location.

Another hotel within walking distance of the campus (slightly more expensive) is also available, the Hilton Garden Inn.

Hilton Garden Inn Troy
235 Hoosick Street,
Troy, NY
(518) 272-1700

Internet is included with this room charge. Shuttle services will be provided to RPI by the Hilton each morning at 8:30 AM, and late Monday afternoon at 5:15 PM from RPI back to the Hilton. The Hilton will also provide transportation from the airport to the hotel, and back. Please contact the Hilton to make those arrangements.

To direct the Hilton shuttle to the nearest location to the workshop please review the attached campus map.

Speaker/Participant Reimbursement:

To apply in advance for travel reimbursement, please fill out the provided application for travel reimbursement.

After travel is completed and we have received your application for travel reimbursement, we will notify you of your funding award. At that time you will receive a travel reimbursement form for you to sign and return with your original receipts.

See Above

A/V Equipment and materials for poster presentations:
A computer projector will be available for talks.If additional equipment is needed, please contact (mclauj3@rpi.edu). Stands for posters as well as poster board for mounting posters will be made available.

Please fill out and send a provided conference registration form to (mclauj3@rpi.edu), if you plan to attend.

Parking and Transportation: If you are driving to the RPI campus, parking permits can be obtained through the front desk of the Franklin Inn Suites.

For more information regarding the technical program, contact Mourad Zeghal (zeghal@rpi.edu) or (518) 276-2836.


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