Eighth Inverse Problems in Engineering Seminar

Monday, June 16 - Tuesday, June 17, 1997 and a Workshop on Selected Topics in
Inverse Problem Solving
Sunday, June 15,1997
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

About the Seminar
The Eighth Inverse Problems in Engineering Seminar is the continuation of the informal seminars which were initiated at Michigan State University in 1987. This seminar will be sponsored by the School of Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering and Mechanics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Call for Papers
Papers are solicited from all areas involving inverse methods and their applications. Four broad categories are being used to organize sessions. Ilese categories and possible sub-topics are:

  1. Mathematical Aspects of Inverse Problems - inverse theory and methods, uniqueness and stability considerations
  2. Inverse Problems in Heat Transfer - inverse heat conduction, inverse Stefan problem, thermal property estimation
  3. Inverse Problems in Mechanics - applications in dynamics, shape optimization, contact problems, control of fluid flow
  4. Other Inverse Problems - bio-engineering inverse problems, inverse scattering and tomography, etc.

Presentations will be informal twenty minute talks. In addition, there will be forty minute invited talks by:

Professor James V. Beck, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University

Professor David Isaacson, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Professor Joyce McLaughlin, Ford Foundation Professor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Professor Daniel Tortorelli, Departments of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

If the number of submissions warrants additional program time, a poster session will be included.

About the Workshop
A workshop on selected topics in inverse problem solving is being planned in conjunction with this year's seminar. Tentative topics of coverage include mathematical aspects and relationships between different types of inverse problems, use of genetic algorithms in solving inverse problems, and dynamic programming techniques applied to inverse problems. Everyone registered for the seminar are welcome to attend the workshop. The workshop will provide general overviews in a tutorial format. The workshop will be on Sunday, June 15th, in the afternoon.

How to Register or Submit a Paper
The seminar fee is $65. This fee includes access to the seminar and workshop, lunches both days of the seminar, a barbecue on Monday evening, and a copy of the proceedings. If you are interested in registering for this conference, please contact the chair to receive registration material. If you would like to submit a paper, please submit a tentative title and an abstract by March 1, 1997. Send titles and abstracts or other inquiries to:

Chair.- Prof. Antoinette Maniatty

Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering & Mechanics
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street
Troy, NY 12180-3590
phone: (518) 276-6984
fax: (518) 276-6025
e-mail: maniaa@rpi.edu