First what is UQ?
In short, Uncertainty Quantification (UQ) is a form of Predictive Science that attempts to determine how likely certain outcomes are if some or several aspects of a problem are not known. UQ problems are frequented by engineers, scientists, and business leaders in almost every field worldwide ranging from scientific, financial, medical and healthcare, even industrial and commercial.
So as a researcher or business, how DO you choose the best tools and methods for your UQ problem?
An easily understood example of a UQ problem would be attempting to predict the acceleration of a human body in a head-on collision with another car. Researchers may have collected data on the speed of the vehicles, but small differences in the manufacturing of the cars (make, model, year, assembly accuracy) often leads to different results that can only be predicted in a statistical sense.
As though the previous example wasn't complex enough, now think about: attempting to determine the risk of comet or debris impact on the International Space Station; determining the probability of a stock market crash; even something as seemingly easy as determining the likelihood of an accidental death within the workplace. These problems typically posses several uncertainties and while some information may be on hand from historical data, making accurate predictions can be tricky at best and usually requires a combination of computing resources and the employment of highly evolved expertise.
Recent advancements in computing power and numerical methods have certainly given experts the ability to produce sophisticated statistical estimators for predictions in some of these complex systems, but the fact is these methods and tools are still designed by humans, rarely have the ability to optimize over non-linear or non-convex problems with thousands of parameters, and typically lack any form of numerical guarantee.
Want to help revolutionize the world? Support the UQ Foundation.
Answer: The UQ Foundation (UQF). Our core purpose is to support the development and dissemination of only the most advanced Uncertainty Quantification (UQ) tools and technologies. By doing so we belive we can not only broaden the study and application of UQ, but we hope to assist in more accurately addressing these complex problems and paving the way for real world discoveries and innovation.
Through grants and sponsorships, UQF is able to offer an array of Business Solutions ranging from staff training and continuing education to full turnkey research or project production. In addition, the UQ Foundation offers small businesses and researchers several assistance and support services (Research Support) such as legal sponsorships, research partnerships and transfers, and funding assistance.
But if services based solutions aren't exactly what you're looking for, our Board of Directors firmly believe in promoting open source technology and supporting the scientific community. Our Community Outreach programs include sprints, workshops, fellowship, and scholarship opportunities.
For more information about the UQ Foundation, the research we support, or to speak to a member of our team about how we can be of assistance to your project, please contact us here.
As a non-profit organization, the UQ Foundation has several ways you can give. Supporting our foundation in essence supports the science of UQ and potentially betters the world we live in.
Contributions made to the foundation are used for the sole purpose of supporting our Community Outreach programs and furthering our mission to find and support the most advanced technologies.
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