PX91415 Predictive Modelling and Uncertainty Quantification
Introductory description
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Module aims
This module covers predictive modelling techniques including probability theory, machine learning, data analytics and data mining. These methods are essential for solving problems in the interdisciplinary area of predictive modelling. The module aims to equip students with a knowledge of random processes, statistical learning theory, Bayesian inference, Monte Carlo methods, model selection, and supervised and unsupervised machine learning techniques. This will enable students to solve complex predictive modelling problems using advanced, cutting edge techniques, as well as adapt the techniques or develop new techniques for data analysis and predictive modelling.
Links will be made to simulations of molecular dynamics with classical force field models, electronic structure ab initio approaches such as Density Functional Theory, Monte Carlo sampling techniques, as applied to diverse materials systems. Particular emphasis will be given to scalable approaches for uncertainty quantification and propagation in multiscale materials models (from ab initio to continuum), description of random microstructures, information theoretic approaches to coarse graining, and statistical learning approaches for exploring highdimensional structure/property/process relations.
Outline syllabus
This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.
 Probability theory (4 lectures  optional for students with strong Maths background)
a. Basic concepts such as probability space, events, expectation, moments, densities, generating functions, conditioning, marginalization, independence
b. Joint/conditional probability densities, (conditional) expectations
c. Random variables/vectors, covariance, correlation, random processes, mean and covariance functions, crosscovariance, classification of processes, ergodicity
d. Markov chains, Poisson processes, continuous time Markov chains, Brownian motion, martingales
e. Classical Monte Carlo (rejection, importance sampling), convergence property, Markov chain Monte Carlo (Gibbs, MetropolisHastings) Monte Carlo, Random number generation, univariate and multivariate distributions
f. Bayes formula, illustration with binary variables (events), Bayes formula for continuous variables: likelihood, conjugate priors  Machine learning essentials (4 lectures)
a. Statistical learning introduction and background
i. Decision theory; Bayes risk
ii. Probabilistic models
iii. Complexity, regularization, bias vs. variance
iv. Resampling, crossvalidation
b. Unsupervised techniques
i. Linear dimensionality reduction: PCA and SVD, MDS
ii. Nonlinear dimensionality reduction: LLE, Isomap, kPCA, diffusion maps
iii. Clustering methods, Kmeans; hierarchical algorithms; probabilistic modelbased clustering; graphbased/spectral clustering
iv. Density estimation
v. Gaussian mixture models
vi. Expectationmaximization
c. Supervised techniques for regression and classification
i. Linear methods: linear, logistic, Bayesian regression and generalized linear models, naive Bayes, LDA, SVM
ii. Nonlinear methods: kernel methods, nearest neighbor, decision trees, neural networks, Gaussian process regression
d. Semisupervised techniques
e. Ensemble methods (bagging, boosting, random forests)  Uncertainty propagation through surrogatemodel construction (4 lectures)
a. Statistical emulators
b. Deterministic vs Bayesian training and crossvalidation
c. Gaussian processes and limitations,
d. Multivariate RVM
e. Mixtures/products of models (mixtures/products of experts)
f. Spectral Stochastic Methods (generalized polynomial Chaos, gPC)
i. Intrusive vs nonintrusive, collocation, sparsegrid, tensor products
ii. Sparse Polynomial Chaos
g. Illustration for ODE with various input dimensions  Predictive materials modelling (4 lectures)
a. Statistical thermodynamics and Monte Carlo methods (stochastic exploration of potential energy surfaces, abinitio thermodynamics, structure prediction).
b. Random microstructures (effective properties, property variability, sampling of microstructures, microstructure and materials failure). 4 lectures.
c. Model errors (constitutive model errors, limits of density functional theory, transferability of exchangecorrelation functionals and pseudopotentials, uncertainty quantification of effective potentials, sampling of thermodynamic quantities).
d. High dimensionality in materials modelling (challenges in simulation and uncertainty quantification, dimensionality reduction, coarse graining and microscopic model reconstruction, model selection).
e. Machine learning and information (statistical learning approaches, materials genome, materials informatics)
Learning outcomes
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
 Demonstrate knowledge of statistical and mathematical methods for predictive modelling.
 Perform detailed, advanced analyses of complex data sets, extracting information and developing relationships using linear and nonlinear regression and classification techniques.
 Systematically develop models for predictive purposes using advanced techniques of model selection and evaluation.
 Understand and apply cuttingedge methods of machine learning.
 Demonstrate an understanding of complex modelling transferability issues arising from, e.g. choices of exchangecorrelation functionals and pseudopotentials in electronic structure, or the choice of force fields in atomistic and molecular models.
 Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of, and be able to apply models, for quantifying uncertainties arising in material structure and properties, constitutive models, from limited data scenarios and through coarse graining.
Indicative reading list
Probability Random Variables and Stochastic Processes, by A. Papoulis
Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning, by Christopher Bishop
Bayesian Data Analysis, 3nd Edit., by A. Gelman et al.
The Elements of Statistical Learning: Data Mining, Inference, and Prediction, Second Edition, by Trevor Hastie, Robert Tibshirani, Jerome Friedman
Monte Carlo Strategies in Scientific Computing, by J.S. Liu
Information Theory, Inference, and Learning Algorithms, by D. MacKay
Subject specific skills
Demonstrate knowledge of statistical and mathematical methods for predictive modelling
Perform detailed, advanced analyses of complex data sets, extracting information and developing relationships using linear and nonlinear regression and classification techniques
Systematically develop models for predictive purposes using advanced techniques of model selection and evaluation
Understand and apply cuttingedge methods of machine learning
Demonstrate an understanding of complex modelling transferability issues arising from, e.g. choices of exchangecorrelation functionals and pseudopotentials in electronic structure, or the choice of force fields in atomistic and molecular models.
Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of, and be able to apply models, for quantifying uncertainties arising in material structure and properties, constitutive models, from limited data scenarios and through coarse graining.
Transferable skills
Mathematical analysis, statistics, coding, writing
Study time
Type  Required 

Lectures  8 sessions of 2 hours (11%) 
Practical classes  4 sessions of 2 hours (5%) 
Private study  86 hours (57%) 
Assessment  40 hours (27%) 
Total  150 hours 
Private study description
Further reading, project preparation
Costs
No further costs have been identified for this module.
You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.
Assessment group D
Weighting  Study time  

Assessed work  60%  30 hours 


Viva voce Exam  40%  10 hours 
On the core material. 30 minutes. 
Feedback on assessment
\tWritten annotations to submitted computational notebooks\r\n\tVerbal discussion during viva voce exam\r\n\tWritten summary of viva performance
Courses
This module is Core for:
 Year 1 of TPXAF344 Postgraduate Taught Modelling of Heterogeneous Systems
 Year 1 of TPXAF345 Postgraduate Taught Modelling of Heterogeneous Systems (PGDip)