Where to find stuff in UQWorld?

This blog post is jointly written by S. Marelli, D. Wicaksono, and B. Sudret.


UQWorld: An applied UQ community

In this initial incarnation of UQWorld, we are trying to reach out to uncertainty quantification (UQ) practitioners to be part of this community. And by practitioner we mean everyone that has to do with UQ, from the expert to the uninitiated, from the hardcore R developer to the UQLab newbie. This is something that—at the time of launching UQWorld—is sorely missing in the highly fragmented landscape of UQ practitioners.

All About UQ

All About UQ is a forum dedicated to the exchange of insights and experiences about the practice of UQ in science and engineering.

  • Chair’s blog is the official blog of the Chair of Risk, Safety & Uncertainty Quantification, ETH Zurich, the research team behind the development of UQLab, a.k.a. us. It covers general topics such as good practices in UQ (What is the best technique to use for which application? How to properly pose a certain class of problems?), key concepts in UQ, and opinion on recent trending UQ topics. You are encouraged to initiate and participate in the ensuing discussions!

  • We would be happy to welcome you to join the conversation, or maybe even initiate your own, in the UQ discussion forum, an open forum for you—beginner and expert alike—to discuss or ask questions about any topics related to UQ and its practice across scientific disciplines.

UQ Resources

Outreach and UQ community at large:

  • In News and Announcements you can find news and recent highlights on what’s been going on in the community. We will publish a periodical newsletter to highlight recent activities and events in the UQLab development, the UQWorld community, and the wider UQ community.

  • Case Studies is a marketplace to share and discuss your particular use of UQ methods, regardless of your field of application and choice of UQ software. Many UQ practitioners, especially beginners, are often convinced that their computational models/problems are very different as compared to those in other disciplines. However, we can often identify many shared aspects regardless of the specific discipline, especially within the context of UQ. Either way, this is a good place to learn from each others through real-world applications of UQ methods.

  • UQWorld Community is the place for you to express and discuss your opinion about the UQWorld community itself, from its look-and-feel, organizations, to governance.

UQ with UQLab

UQ with UQLab is the forum where everything “UQLab” is discussed. Even though UQWorld is designed for everyone, it is the growing UQLab userbase that pushed us to create it in the first place. This is your first stop for topics related to UQLab usage and applications.

Here you’ll find four sections

  • The FAQ forum doesn’t really need an introduction. We will update the list periodically according to new questions asked across UQWorld.

  • Community Q&A and How To is the definitive place to ask technical questions related to UQLab usage. It is also a place to share best practices, workflow, tips, tricks, and hacks on using UQLab—from the trivial to the ground-breaking. Here are some loose guidelines for posting questions and answers. These guidelines are there so you have a better chance of receiving an answer, as well as providing a better answer.

  • Benchmarks is a library of test functions and, at some point in the near future, open data sets useful to test and benchmark your UQ algorithms.

UQ with UQLab also contains a developer’s corner, where you can find news and updates regarding the UQLab software development itself and, more importantly, where you can get in touch with the dev team:

  • Developers corner contains news, update, inside stories, and insights from the members of UQLab Development Team. The category also includes Release notes that contains the complete release notes of every public release of UQLab. By commenting and giving feedback on existing features, you can actively participate in the design process of UQLab.

  • Feature request is the place for you to pitch your ideas on how to improve UQLab or what feature to add next. You can second others’ requests by liking their posts or—even better—providing additional justification for why the requested feature is important.

Further reading

  • Some parts of this blog post have been adapted from a recent conference article[1] to be presented at ICASP13 in May 2019 in South Korea.
  • The UQWorld website is built based on the open source Discourse platform. Familiarize yourself with the mechanics of the website by reading the Starter Guide.

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  1. S. Marelli, D. Wicaksono, and B. Sudret , “The UQLab project: steps toward a global uncertainty quantification community,” in the 13th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering (ICASP13), Seoul, South Korea, May 26–30, 2019. ↩︎