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ChE Seminar: Data-driven Modeling in Complex Systems, Kristen A. Severson


Room 101, Churchill

January 17, 2018 11:45 am to 1:25 pm
January 17, 2018 11:45 am to 1:25 pm

Data-Driven Modeling in Complex Systems

Kristen A. Severson

Department of Chemical Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

ABSTRACT: Chemical and biological systems are increasingly implemented with advanced sensor systems that collect large amounts of data. For example, a single microarray can measure thousands of genes and a typical offshore oil platform generates 1 to 2 TB of data per day. New algorithms are needed to efficiently and effectively use these datasets to increase predictive capability and improve system understanding. In this talk, algorithmic advances to bridge the gap between data and system insights are addressed. Two case studies are presented. The first case study considers how to learn interpretable models from high-throughput, high-dimensional biological assays where some data may be missing. A new approach for building a classification model is presented and demonstrated using two different types of datasets: gene expression microarrays and reverse phase protein arrays. The resulting models use very few measurements and are at least as accurate as competing approaches. The second case study analyzes early prediction of lithium-ion battery life cycle. The analysis is performed using high-throughput cycling data. The resulting model outperforms all existing models.

BIOGRAPHY: Kristen Severson is a PhD candidate in the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT. She received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Her research interest is in applied machine learning, with a focus on industrial systems and healthcare. Kristen is particularly interested in translating research into practice.