Comparison of Bayesian and interval uncertainty quantification : application to the AIRMOD test structure

Broggi, Matteo and Faes, Matthias and Patelli, Edoardo and Govers, Yves and Moens, David and Beer, Michael; (2018) Comparison of Bayesian and interval uncertainty quantification : application to the AIRMOD test structure. In: 2017 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., USA. ISBN 9781538627259 (

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This paper concerns the comparison of two inverse methods for the quantification of uncertain model parameters, based on experimentally obtained measurement data of the model's responses. Specifically, Bayesian inference is compared to a novel method for the quantification of multivariate interval uncertainty. The comparison is made by applying both methods to the AIRMOD measurement data set, and comparing their results critically in terms of obtained information and computational expense. Since computational cost of the application of both methods to high-dimensional problems and realistic numerical models can become intractable, an Artificial Neural Network surrogate is used for both methods. The application of this ANN proves to limit the computational cost to a large extent, even taking the generation of the training dataset into account. Concerning the comparison of both methods, it is found that the results of the Bayesian identification provide less over-conservative bounds on the uncertainty in the responses of the AIRMOD model.


Broggi, Matteo, Faes, Matthias, Patelli, Edoardo ORCID logoORCID:, Govers, Yves, Moens, David and Beer, Michael;