Uncertainty Quantification Workshop

25–29 November 2019


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Quantifying modelling uncertainty is essential for credible simulation-aided knowledge discovery, prediction and design. This workshop brings together a diverse set of researchers to identify challenges and novel research directions in the field of uncertainty quantification (UQ). Talks will focus on both algorithm development and applications of UQ in areas ranging from aerospace, material and electrical engineering to the environment. The workshop will focus on various issues surrounding high-dimensional parameter spaces, multi-fidelity modelling, parameter inference, optimal experimental design and design under uncertainty.

This event is part of the MSI Special Year 2019 in Computational Mathematics.

Keynote Speakers

  • Karen Willcox, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Helmut Harbrecht, University of Basel 
  • Aurore Delaigle, University of Melbourne 
  • Frances Kuo, University of New South Wales
  • Tiangang Cui, Monash University
  • John Jakeman, Sandia National Laboratories

Organising committee

  • Stephen Roberts, Australian National University
  • John Jakeman, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Tiangang Cui, Monash University
  • Quoc Le Gia, University of New South Wales
  • Katharine Turner,  Australian National University



Code of conduct

The Mathematical Sciences Institute (MSI) special year is committed to ensuring all workshops, conferences and seminars are accessible to a diverse range of participants. We aim to create a safe, respectful and supportive environment to allow free flow of information, discussions and ideas. All staff and students have the right to be treated with courtesy, fairness and professionalism. Discriminatory or harassing behaviour will not be tolerated.

The essential part of maintaining a safe and respectful work environment is to ensure that individuals report any witnessed or experienced discrimination or harassment to the organiser’s attention, or a member of staff you feel comfortable talking to. If you would like to contact the department anonymously, please email admin.research.msi@anu.edu.au.

We ask all participants to review the ANU Code of Conduct and maintain the principles of the document for the duration of the workshop.

Partners & sponsors

Registration closes 15 November, 2019

Registration Fees

  • General participant fee  $130
  • Austms/AMSI member  $100
  • Student/retired fellow    $70
  • Conference dinner          $20

Funding support

AMSI funding

This event is sponsored by the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI). AMSI allocates a travel allowance annually to each of its member universities.

Students or early career researchers from AMSI member universities without access to a suitable research grant or other source of funding may apply (with approval of their Head of Mathematical Sciences) for subsidy of travel and accommodation out of their home departmental travel allowance.

Seminar Room 1.33 & 1.37,
Building #145, Science Road,
The Australian National University


About Canberra

Canberra is located in the Australian Capital Territory, on the ancient lands of the Ngunnawal people, who have lived here for over 20,000 years. Canberra’s name is thought to mean ‘meeting place’, derived from the Aboriginal word Kamberra. European settlers arrived in the 1830s, and the area won selection by ballot for the federal capital in 1908. Since then the ‘Bush Capital’ has grown to become the proud home of the Australian story, with a growing population of around 390,000.

Canberra hosts a wide range of tourist attractions, including various national museums, galleries and Parliament House, as well as beautiful parks and walking trails. Several attractions are within walking distance of the ANU campus, including the National Museum of Australia and the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Canberra is also a fantastic base from which to explore the many treasures of the surrounding region, including historic townships, beautiful coastlines and the famous Snowy Mountains. Learn more about what to do and see during your stay in Canberra.


International visitors to Australia require a visa or an electronic travel authority (ETA) prior to arrival. It is your responsibility to ensure documentation is correct and complete before you commence your journey. Visit the Australian Immigration and Citizenship website for information about visas and ETAs.


There are many ways to get around Canberra. Below is some useful information about Bus & Taxi transport around the ANU, the Airport and surrounding areas.


If you are catching a taxi or Uber to the ANU Mathematical Sciences Institute, ask to be taken to Building #145, Science Road, ANU. We are located close to the Ian Ross Building and the ANU gym. A Taxi from the airport will usually cost around $40 and will take roughly 15 minutes. Pricing and time may vary depending on traffic.

Phone Canberra Elite Taxis on 13 22 27 to book a taxi.

Airport Shuttle

The ACT government has implemented a public bus service from the CBD via the Canberra Airport via bus Route 11 and 11A, seven days a week. Services run approximately every half hour, and better during peak times (weekdays) and every hour (weekends).

To travel just use your MyWay card or pay a cash fare to the driver when boarding. A single adult trip when paying cash will cost $4.80 with cheaper fares for students and children. Significant savings can be made when travelling with MyWay.

View MyWay and Fares information.

For more information about the buses to Canberra airport.


Canberra buses are a cheap and easy way of getting around town once you're here.

View bus services and fares information on the Transport Canberra website.


Childcare centres

There are a number of independently managed childcare facilities located within the ANU campus. See on-campus Childcare options below: 

Note, we can not guarentee short term spaces will be available.

Nanny services

A number of nanny services are available in the Canberra area. This is a popular alternative if childcare facilities are fully subscribed. 

Please contact the event administration team if you require any further support.


Below are some accommodation options for your visit to Canberra.