First 2021 Webinar of the StEering Inter-University Research Center

Bayesian Optimization of Expected Quadratic Loss for Multiresponse Computer Experiments with Internal Noise

Prof. Matthias H.Y. Tan, School of Data Science, City University of Hong Kong

Monday, May 10th, 2021, timetable 10.30am - 12.30am CET


Important: The webinar is free of charge. We kindly require you to register by sending an email to centro.steering(AT) with "Registration-Webinar-Prof. Tan" in the subject line. Please also note that the number of participants is limited to a maximum of 100 participants.
The link to join the webinar will be made available by email on May 7th, 2021.


Abstract: Design of systems based on computer simulations is prevalent. An important idea to improve design quality, called robust parameter design (RPD), is to optimize control factors based on the expectation of a loss function so that the design is robust to noise factor variations. When computer simulations are time consuming, optimizing the simulator based on a Gaussian process (GP) emulator for the response is a computationally efficient approach. For this purpose, acquisition functions (AFs) are used to sequentially determine the next design point so that the GP emulator can more accurately locate the optimal setting.
Despite this, few articles consider AFs for positive definite quadratic forms such as the expected quadratic loss (EQL) function, which is the standard expected loss function for RPD with nominally-the-best responses. This paper proposes new AFs for optimizing the EQL, analyzes their convergence, and develops quick and accurate methods based on the characteristic function of the EQL to compute them. We apply the AFs to RPD problems with internal noise factors based on a GP model and an initial design tailored for such problems. Numerical results indicate that all four AFs considered have similar performance, and they outperform an optimization approach based on modeling the quadratic loss as a GP and maximin Latin hypercube designs.


Short Biography: Matthias Hwai Yong Tan is an associate professor in the School of Data Science at City University of Hong Kong. He received his B.Eng. degree in Mechanical-Industrial Engineering from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, an M.Eng. degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the National University of Singapore and a Ph.D. degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. His research interests include uncertainty quantification, design and analysis of computer experiments, and applied statistics.

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