Deep Learning for Engineering Design and Simulations

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series

proudly presents:

Soumik Sarkar, PhD

Iowa State University

Abstract: The industries, dealing with complex engineering systems such as aerospace, manufacturing, materials, and automotive applications, are actively seeking machine learning (ML) solutions to fundamentally transform their design and development processes. The goal is to achieve a significant leap in efficiency, energy saving and safety standards. Although ML is making transformative impacts in industries involving speech and natural language understanding, e-commerce, social networks, gaming, medicine and robotics, it has yet to fulfill its potential in accelerating the design process for core engineering industries. To address this challenge, in past few years there has been a meteoric growth towards developing ML techniques to augment and accelerate engineering simulation and design, leading to the emergence of the field of Scientific ML. In this talk, I will discuss a few such success stories from my own research, focusing on deep learning for surrogate modeling, simulations and design optimization.

Bio: Dr. Soumik Sarkar received his B. Eng. Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2006 from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. He received MS in Mechanical Engineering and MA in Mathematics in 2009 from Penn State University. Dr. Sarkar received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State in 2011. He joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2014. Previously, he was with the Decision Support & Machine Intelligence group at the United Technologies Research Center for 3 years as a Senior Scientist. Dr. Sarkar’s research interests include Machine Learning, Sensor Fusion, Fault Diagnostics & Prognostics, Distributed Control and Complexity Analysis with applications to applications to complex Cyber-Physical Systems such as aerospace, energy & smart building systems, transportation, design & manufacturing and agriculture systems. He co‐authored more than 140 peer-reviewed publications including 56 journal papers and 5 book chapters. Dr. Sarkar is currently serving as an Associate Editor of Frontiers in Robotics and AI: Sensor Fusion and Machine Perception journal, Plant Phenomics, a Science Partner Journal and an NVIDIA DLI University Ambassadorship. He received about $13M federal and private funding over the past five years. He was selected to be a Iowa state Plant Science Institute scholar in 2018 and received the Iowa State College of Engineering Award for Early Achievement in Research award in 2019. Dr. Sarkar is a recipient of the prestigious NSF CISE Career Initiation Initiative (CRII) award in 2015, the Young Investigator award from the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) in 2017 and the NSF CAREER award in 2019.

Invited by: Susanta Ghosh

Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Electrical Energy Resources Center (EERC), 103
1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931

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