The 4th International Workshop on Reliable Engineering Computing is hosted by National University of Singapore. Industry and academia are invited to contribute and to join in the discussions on needs and developments in the field.
Reliable Engineering Computing has emerged as a multi-disciplinary field with this workshop series, which has been established and hosted in Georgia Tech Savannah in 2004, 2006, and 2008. The REC-workshops provide a unique symbiosis of various engineering and associated disciplines with the kernel areas of Engineering, Computer Science, Sciences, and Mathematics. Central issue of the discussions is the reliability of engineering computations. Cross-disciplinary advisements generate synergy and impulses of a new quality for research and development, as well as for innovative applications. The organization of REC2010 in Singapore may help to cater for the growing global interest in Reliable Engineering Computing, in particular, in Asian and Oceanian countries.
REC2010 is focused on Robust Design in the context of hazards, risk and uncertainty. This issue has attracted increasing attention in the recent past. Societal and industrial interest has grown from both a safety point of view and an economic point of view. The development is driven by a series of accidents with natural and manmade sources including inappropriate design, as well as by changing economic and environmental requirements and conditions including effects from climate change. Robust design has to ensure that our engineering systems can cope with all hazards, risk and uncertainty over their entire lifetime from the construction to the controlled demolition. The potential for applications ranges over all engineering fields. For example, the following questions of current interest may be addressed. How to design civil engineering structures to be robust with respect to terrorist attacks, fires, or earthquakes with unforeseen characteristics? How to make sure that vehicles show a sound crash behavior despite fluctuations in material and production quality? How to derive optimum decisions for the float-over installation of offshore deck structures under uncertain weather conditions? How to ensure the safety of offshore and naval structures and operations in harsh environments? How to minimize material abrasion and to maximize productivity of systems under uncertain environmental conditions?
The developments in Robust Design are characterized by a remarkable diversity and high complexity, which concerns (i) the definition of robustness, (ii) the mathematical framework, and (iii) the application field. Included is the design of structures, systems, processes, operations, new materials and technologies, computational procedures, numerical models, hardware components, etc. The modeling of hazards, risk and uncertainty is frequently associated with subjective, rare and imprecise information. Appropriate mathematical models are required for the treatment of aleatory and epistemic uncertainty. Proposals for solutions include well-developed and established traditional stochastic methods such as Reliability-Based Design and Performance-Based Design, as well as a variety of non-traditional methods based on Bayesian theory, interval analysis, fuzzy set theory, evidence theory, imprecise probabilities, p-box approach, fuzzy probability theory, etc. The workshop encourages multi-disciplinary developments from various perspectives. It is aimed at reliable and efficient numerical models and methods for Robust Design and associated problems.
REC2010, with its unique multi-disciplinary character, provides an ideal platform to bring the various aspects together and to achieve advancements in the field of Robust Design. Problems, challenges, and solution strategies will be discussed and examined within the framework of Reliable Engineering Computing. Impulses may be generated for the education of the next generation of engineers in various disciplines.
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