
S114.240 Seminar on Computational Engineering 


Mathematical modeling
The seminar is based on the book
The Nature of Mathematical Modeling by
Neil Gershenfeld. The book gives a broad review of
computational methods in mathematical modeling.
Source material:
 The Nature of Mathematical Modeling, Neil Gershenfeld,
Cambridge University Press 1999.
 Analytical modes (ODE, PDE, variational principle, random systems)
 Numerical model (Finite differences, FEM, cellular automata)
 Observational models (function fitting, optimization and search, clustering,
system state estimation, time series models)
 Additional material for observational models
 Multivariate Dependencies, D.R. Cox ja Nanny Wermuth
Analyzing and understanding multivariate data
 Misused Statistics, H.F. Spirer, L. Spirer ja A.J. Jaffe
Notsomathematical discussion about statistical analysis
The seminar topics are in Finnish. The language of the seminar was changed to
English in the first meeting.
Schedule
Seminar meetings are on Wednesdays, at 12.1514 o'clock
in the seminar room MT1 in the laboratory of computational engineering.
(map).
The first meeting and selection of topics is 21.3.
Presentation timetable
* The seminar 18.4. has been moved because of Eastern Holiday. The new date is 19.4., the
time is the same 1214 o'clock.
Goals of the seminar course:
 To get familiar with the seminar topic
 To prepare a written report of the topic, and to prepare and give an oral
presentation
 To practice acting as reviewer for a report
Course requirements:
 Based on the source material the students prepare a written report of
about 10 to 20 pages. The reports will be published in the webpage of the seminar,
and they should be in html, ps or pdf format.
 The deadline for submitting the report to the instructor is
Thursday,
on previous week to the presentation. The report is then sent to the reviewer,
who gives constructive suggestions to improve the report.
The deadline for the review is Monday,
so the author has two days to make the corrections.
The report can be submitted by email,
(Jouko.Lampinen@hut.fi), as postscript/pdffile or web address.
 Oral presentation of the report. The length of the talks should be about 3545 min,
with 1015 min. reserved for discussion. The reviewer has to present at least
two questions about the presentation.
 Passing the course requires attendance to at least 75% of the presentations.
Marks:
Marks are based on the following factors:
 Written report: compactness, clearness and understandability
of the relevant issues. Use of additional material is encouraged.
Reacting to the reviewer comments is also desirable.
 Oral presentation: clarity and ability to illustrate the concepts
and to teach the topic to other students
 Review: constructivity of the suggestions, relevance of the questions
Additional information:
Jouko Lampinen
Laboratory of Computational Engineering
Tel: 451 4827
email: Jouko.Lampinen@hut.fi
The page is maintained by
Jouko.Lampinen@hut.fi
Last update 5.4.2001
URL:
http://www.lce.hut.fi/teaching/S114.240/k2001/