Inverse Problems Symposium

May 29 - 31, 2019

Registration Fees

Student: $125.00
General: $250.00
$25 Late fee if registered after 04/10/2019

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The Inverse Problems Symposium will take place May 29 - 31, 2019

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What is an Inverse Problem?

If the following two questions are both answered ‘yes,’ then you have an inverse problem:

  • Am I using a mathematical model?
  • Am I using data?

Inverse problems include both parameter estimation and function estimation. Both of these inverse problems are "bridges" that bring together experimental work and data analysis.

Inverse problems have a wide range of applications, such as medical imaging, oil drilling, and echolocation (SONAR, bats, and dolphins).   A common characteristic is that we attempt to infer causes from measured effects.  A forward, or direct problem has known causes that produce effects or results defined by the mathematical model.  Because the measured data is often noisy or indistinct, the solution to the inverse problem may be difficult to obtain accurately.

An example of an inverse problem is estimating the thermal diffusivity of a solid from transient temperature measurements, using the heat diffusion PDE. The corresponding forward problem is to compute the solid temperature using a known thermal diffusivity. Commercial finite-element programs are typically forward-problem solvers, and require the parameter(s) to be known.

Estimating heat flux at a solid surface from measured temperatures within the solid is an example of function estimation.

Contact Us

Conference Chair:

Dharmendra Mishra
Assistant Professor
Department of Food Science
Purdue University
Phone: 765-494-2594

Program Content:

Rhonda Taylor
Phone: 765-494-6702


Amanda Johnson
Phone: 765-494-0874


IPS '19 will be held in the East and West Faculty Lounge in the Purdue Memorial Union

101 Grant Street,
West Lafayette, IN, 47906

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