Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Department Colloquium


Mohammad Farazmand (NC State University)

Friday, January 22nd, 2021

Time: 2:30 p.m.  Place: Online (via Zoom)

Speaker: Mohammad Farazmand (NC State University)

Title: Extreme Events: Dynamics, Prediction and Mitigation.

Abstract: A wide range of natural and engineering systems exhibit extreme events, i.e., spontaneous intermittent behavior manifested through sporadic bursts in the time series of their observables. Examples include ocean rogue waves, intermittency in turbulence, extreme weather patterns and epileptic seizure. Because of their undesirable impact on the system or the surrounding environment, the real-time prediction and mitigation of extreme events is of great interest. In this talk, I will discuss three aspects of extreme events. First, I introduce a variational method that unveils the mechanisms underpinning the formation of extreme events. Next, I show how this framework enables the data-driven, real-time prediction of extreme events. I demonstrate the application of this method with several examples, including the prediction of ocean rogue waves and the intermittent energy dissipation bursts in turbulent fluid flows. Finally, I will discuss a closed-loop adaptive control and a delay feedback control for mitigating extreme events.

Mohammad Farazmand is an assistant professor within the Department of Mathematics at North Carolina State University. He works on the fields of data-driven modeling and analysis of complex systems. He was previously a postdoctoral associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a J. Ford Postdoctoral Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He obtained his Ph.D. in 2014 from ETH Zurich under the supervision of George Haller.