Raul Tempone is trying to remove uncertainty – at a very abstract level. He is an expert on what is known as Uncertainty Quantification (UQ), an as yet fairly new mathematical specialisation that is currently making a breakthrough. The aim of uncertainty quantification is to reliably assess the distribution of sources of error, problems and uncertainties in situations for which not all the individual parameters are known. A typical scenario would be a frontal collision with another car: even if it is known how fast the car was travelling at the time of collision, it is difficult to predict how fast a human body is accelerated in the process. There are too many uncertainties involved – events may be influenced by even tiny differences in the way the car is made, such as how tightly individual screws are fitted. Uncertainty quantification seeks to deliver quantitative statements for such complex situations using methods like stochastic property analysis and mathematical as well as computer-assisted modelling. Raul Tempone is considered a pioneer in the development of numerical methods for UQ. The mathematician, currently pursuing his research in Saudi Arabia, has developed fundamental approaches to the mathematical characterisation and processing of uncertainty using model problems. As an Alexander von Humboldt Professor at RWTH Aachen University, Tempone is expected to reinforce the fields of control theory, numerical analysis and UQ, particularly with regard to mathematical principles.
Nominating University: RWTH Aachen University
Prof. Dr. Raul Fidel Tempone
was born in Uruguay in 1969 and is a Full Professor at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Thuwal, Saudi-Arabia, which he joined in 2009. Prior to that, he moved between Sweden and the United States, taking his doctorate at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and later becoming a Research Fellow and Associate Professor there. In between, he worked as a postdoc at the Institute for Computational and Engineering Sciences (ICES) at the University of Texas, Austin, and as an Assistant Professor at Florida State University, Tallahassee. Raul Tempone is a member of various scientific bodies, including the American Mathematical Society and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. In October 2018 he took up his position as a Humboldt Professor at RWTH Aachen University.