64th ISI World Statistics Congress - Ottawa, Canada

64th ISI World Statistics Congress - Ottawa, Canada

New Statistical Methods for Surrogate Modeling and Inverse Problems


Dr Emily Lei Kang


  • AK
    Alex Konomi

  • RG
    Robert Gramacy
  • Deep Gaussian Process Surrogates for Computer Experiments

  • JH
    Jon Hobbs
  • Uncertainty quantification for remote sensing Earth system data records

  • EK
    Dr Emily Lei Kang
  • Statistical Emulators for High-Dimensional Complex Forward Models in Remote Sensing

  • PM
    Dr Pulong Ma
  • Bayesian multi-scale residual learning and adaptive inference for Gaussian processes

  • Category: The International Environmetrics Society (TIES)


    Complex numerical models are ubiquitous in physical, atmospheric, biological, and engineering sciences. These models, often called simulators, are used to describe complicated interactions among many variables and processes in the systems and are usually accompanied by massive data. These simulators, acting as the forward model, are often required in forward propagation of uncertainty in simulation-based experiments and sensitivity analysis. In addition, we often need to extract information about parameters or unknown processes based on the simulators and data, called inverse problems. Surrogate models are often needed to reduce computational cost of forward model simulation and inverse problems. However, many surrogate modeling methods rely on the assumption of a particular parametric functional form or the assumption of Gaussian distribution, and often don’t scale well with the dimensionality or adapt to the geometry of input and output spaces. Presentations in this invited session will highlight some latest statistical methodological developments to address these challenges on surrogate modeling in uncertainty quantification and novel applications of surrogate models in forward simulation, calibration and inverse problems in biosciences, remote sensing, engineering, and climate sciences.