Rahman Receives NSF Grant for Novel Computational Studies

Friday, September 30, 2011

University of Iowa News Release

Sharif Rahman, professor in the University of Iowa College of Engineering Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and researcher in the Center for Computer Aided Design, has received a three-year, $280,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for computational studies on dynamical systems, effective Sept. 1.

Titled "Novel Computational Methods for Solving Random Eigenvalue Problems," the NSF project will create new numerical algorithms for uncertainty quantification of high-dimensional complex systems. Therefore, a long-standing statistical problem associated with the curse of dimensionality will be alleviated to some degree, with positive ramifications for engineering, mathematics and the sciences.

Engineering applications include: vibration characteristics of mechanical systems, disposition of electrons around an atom or a molecule, acoustic modes of a concert hall, and eigenfaces in computer vision technology, to name a few.

Beyond engineering, potential applications include nuclear physics, number theory, computational biology, and others where random eigenvalue analysis plays a vital role.

Rahman, who joined the UI faculty in 1995, is an international expert in the fields of computational mechanics, advanced materials and stochastic computing. In 2007, he was elected a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.