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Pierre Lermusiaux

Contact Info

room 5-207B

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

77 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

Education

  • 1992

    UNIVERSITY OF LIEGE

    B. / M. Eng.
  • 1993

    HARVARD UNIVERSITY

    M.Sc.
  • 1997

    HARVARD UNIVERSITY

    Ph.D.

Research Interests

  • Ocean Data Assimilation: Numerical Ocean Modeling, Uncertainty Quantification and Inference Schemes, and Applications to Physical and Interdisciplinary Ocean Dynamics and Engineering.

Bio

Dr. Lermusiaux is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Ocean Science and Engineering at MIT. He received a Fulbright Foundation Fellowship (1992), the Wallace Prize at Harvard (1993), the Ogilvie Young Investigator Lecture in Ocean Eng. at MIT (1998), and the MIT Doherty Chair in Ocean Utilization (2009-2011). In 2010, the School of Eng. at MIT awarded him with the Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Distinguished Teaching. He has made outstanding contributions in data assimilation, as well as in ocean modeling and uncertainty predictions. His research thrusts include understanding and modeling complex physical and interdisciplinary oceanic dynamics and processes. With his group, he creates, develops and utilizes new mathematical models and computational methods for ocean predictions and dynamical diagnostics, for optimization and control of autonomous ocean systems, for uncertainty quantification and prediction, and for data assimilation and data-model comparisons. He has participated in many national and international sea exercises. He has served on numerous committees and organized large meetings and workshops. He is associate editor in three journals. He has more than ninety refereed publications.

Online Data

http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/mechanical-engineering/2-29-numerical-fluid-dynamics-spring-2015/

http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=QTfXDmIAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao

Honors + Awards

  • Fellow, Rotary Exchange Program Award, Hamilton, Canada, 1986 - 87
  • Fellow, Liege U. Jury Pisard English Foundation Award, Mc. Master Canada, 1988
  • Fellow, Robert L. Wallace Prize Fellowship from Harvard Univ, 1993
  • Fellow, Fulbright Foundation, 1993-96
  • Honorary Fellow Award, Belgian American Educational Foundation, 1992-97
  • Honorary Fellow Award, Fulbright Foundation, 1992-97
  • Annual T. Francis Ogilvie Young Investigator Lecture, MIT-OE, 1998
  • CIMAS Scientist, U. of Miami, 2002
  • MIT Doherty Chair in Ocean Utilization (2009-2011),  2008
  • Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Distinguished Teaching, SoE, MIT, 2010

Memberships

  • Association of the Engineers of Liege, 1992-Present
  • The Friends of the University of Liege, 1993-Present
  • American Geophysical Union, 1997-Present
  • Royal Meteorological Society, 1998-Present
  • The Oceanography Society, 1999-Present
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2007-Present
  • SIAM, IEEE and ASME, 2009-Present

Professional Service

  • Scientific Committee (2000-2001), 33rd International Colloq. on Ocean Hydrodynamics, Belgium
  • Guest Editor (2001-2003), Journal of Marine Systems.
  • Co-Chairman at the "Terrain-Following Coordinates Ocean Models Users' Workshop", August 2001
  • Scientific Committee, Automated Ocean Sampling Network-II (AOSN-II), 2002-2003
  • Co-Leader of the End-to-End Uncertainty Modeling Group, ONR, Arlington, VA, April 2003
  • Steering Committee, NSF-ONR Workshop on "Data Assimilation in Ocean Research", VA, 2003
  • Scientific Committee, DARE 2004, Venice, Italy, September 20-21, 2004
  • Editorial Board, International Journal of Ocean & Oceanography (April 2005 - Present)
  • Monitoring Science Advisory Panel for the Massachusetts EPA (2005 - 2009)
  • Member of the Model Evaluation Group of the MWRA (2005 - 2009)
  • NSF's ORION (Ocean Research Interactive Observatory Network) Modeling Group (2005 - 2006)
  • NSF Environmental Observatories Models Committee (2006)
  • Modeling Group Leader for the ONR Departmental Research Initiative – "Quantifying, Predicting and Exploiting Uncertainty” (2007-2011)
  • Co-Guest Editor, Ocean Dynamics, Springer. Special issue on “Multi-Scale Modelling: Nested Grid and Unstructured Mesh Approaches”, (2007 - 2008)
  • Advisory Board, “European COstal-shelf sea Operational observing and Forecasting system (ECOOP)", (2007 - 2010)
  • Associate Editor: Ocean Dynamics, Springer (2008-Present)
  • Associate Editor: Ocean Modeling, Elsevier (2008-Present)
  • Scientific Leader of "Environmental Sensing and Adaptation" group, PLUS-INP Program, ONR (2008 - 2009)
  • Scientific Committee, 8th International Workshop on “Unstructured Mesh Numerical Modeling of Coastal, Shelf and Ocean Flows”, 16-18 Sep 2009 (2008-2009)
  • Co-Guest Editor, Ocean Dynamics, Springer. Special issue on “Multi-scale modelling of coastal, shelf and global ocean dynamics”, (2009 - 2010)
  • Scientific Committee, 42nd International Liege Colloquium on Ocean Dynamics, “Multi-parametric observation and analysis of the Sea” (2009-2010)
  • Chair and Organizer, 9th International workshop on Multiscale (Un)-structured mesh numerical Modeling for coastal, shelf, and global ocean dynamics, MIT (IMUM2010)
  • Co-Guest Editor, Dynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans, Elsevier, “Special issue in honor of Allan R. Robinson”
  • Co-Chair of the International NATO Maritime Rapid Environmental Assessment (MREA) conference on “Quantifying, Predicting and Exploiting (QPE) maritime environmental uncertainties”
  • Scientific Committee, 10th International workshop on Multiscale (Un)-structured mesh numerical Modeling for coastal, shelf, and global ocean dynamics (IMUM2011)
  • Co-Guest Editor, Dynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans, Elsevier, “Special issue in honor of Allan R. Robinson” (2009-2011)
  • Co-Chair of the International NATO Maritime Rapid Environmental Assessment (MREA) conference on “Quantifying, Predicting and Exploiting (QPE) maritime environmental uncertainties” (2010)
  • Invited Lecturer. Advanced School on Data Assimilation (07/2010)
  • Scientific Committee, 10th International workshop on Multiscale (Un)-structured mesh numerical Modeling for coastal, shelf, and global ocean dynamics (IMUM2011)
  • Co-Guest Editor, Ocean Dynamics, Springer. Special issue on “Quantifying, Predicting and Exploiting Maritime Environmental Uncertainties” (2010-2012)
  • MIT representative, NSF Pioneer Array Science Workshop (02/2011)
  • Guest Editor, Ocean Dynamics, Springer. Special issue on “Multi-Scale modeling of coastal, shelf and global ocean dynamics” (2011-2013)
  • Co-Chair, International Workshop on “Ocean Integration in Earth System Prediction Capability Data Assimilation”,  (27-29 Sep 2011)
  • Invited Participant and Lecturer, “Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI)” for planning a thematic year on Uncertainty Quantification (UQ): “Methodology” (09/2011)
  • Invited Panelist and Lecturer at “Working with Uncertainty Workshop”, as part of IEEE VisWeek 2011, (10/2011)
  • Invited Panelist and Presenter at Gloucester’s “Maritime Port Economy Summit” (15-16 Nov 2011)
  • Co-organizer, “Oceanography of the Continental Shelf and Slope: Pioneer Array Science” Workshop, SMAST, UMass. (4-5 Jun 2012)
  • Scientific Committee, 45th International Liege Colloquium on Ocean Dynamics, “The variability of primary production in the ocean: from the synoptic to the global scale” (Jul 2012-Apr 2013)
  • International Advisor to the European project “SANGOMA - Stochastic Assimilation for the Next Generation Ocean Model Applications.” (Nov 2012-Present)
  • Invited Lecturer, Advanced School on Data Assimilation. (24-28 Jun 2013)
  • Program Committee and Session Chair. Dynamic Data-driven Environmental Systems Science Conference. DyDESS-2014. (May - Nov 2014)
  • National Research Council, Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, Committee Member for a study on “Developing a U.S. Research Agenda to Advance Sub-seasonal to Seasonal Forecasting” for the next 10 years (Jul 2014 - May 2015)
  • Scientific Committee, 47th International Liege Colloquium on “Marine Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Prediction” (Jul 2014 - Apr 2015)
  • Organizing Committee, 2015 APS Division of Fluid Dynamics Meeting (Oct 2014 - Aug 2015)
  • Advisor to a NSF workshop on “Intelligent Systems for Geosciences (IS-GEO)” (Jan 2015 - Mar 2015)
  • Session Organizer: Ocean Sciences Meetings (2006, 2008); European Geosciences Union Meeting (2007, 2008).
  • Reviewer of Manuscripts and Proposals for multiple journals, editors and agencies

MIT Service

  • 2007-Present: Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, MIT
  • 2006: Visiting Associate Professor, MIT.

Teaching

Thermal Fluids Engineering I (2.005)
Thermal Fluids Engineering II (2.006)
Numerical Fluid Mechanics (2.29)
 

Publications

  •     Ueckermann, M.P., P.F.J. Lermusiaux and T.P. Sapsis, 2013. Numerical Schemes for Dynamically Orthogonal Equations of Stochastic Fluid and Ocean Flows. J. Comp. Phys., 233, 272-294, doi: 10.1016/j.jcp.2012.08.041.
  •     Sondergaard, T. and P.F.J. Lermusiaux, 2013a. Data Assimilation with Gaussian Mixture Models using the Dynamically Orthogonal Field Eqns. Part I. Theory and Scheme. Mon. Wea. Rev., 141, 6, 1737-1760, doi:10.1175/MWR-D-11-00295.1.
  •     Sondergaard, T. and P.F.J. Lermusiaux, 2013b. Data Assimilation with Gaussian Mixture Models using the Dynamically Orthogonal Field Equations. Part II: Applications. Mon. Wea. Rev., 141, 6, 1761-1785, doi:10.1175/MWR-D-11-00296.1.
  •     Colin, M.E.G.D., T.F. Duda, L.A. te Raa, T. van Zon, P.J. Haley, Jr., P.F.J. Lermusiaux, W.G. Leslie, C. Mirabito, F.P.A. Lam, A.E. Newhall, Y.-T. Lin, J.F. Lynch, 2013. Time-Evolving Acoustic Propagation Modeling in a Complex Ocean Environment, Proceedings of OCEANS - Bergen, 2013 MTS/IEEE , vol., no., pp.1,9, 10-14 June 2013, doi: 10.1109/OCEANS-Bergen.2013.6608051.
  •     Sapsis, T.P., M.P. Ueckermann and P.F.J. Lermusiaux, 2013. Global Analysis of Navier-Stokes and Boussinesq Stochastic Flows using Dynamical Orthogonality, J. Fluid Mech., 734, 83-113. doi:10.1017/jfm.2013.458.
  •     Lermusiaux, P.F.J., J. Schröter, S. Danilov, M. Iskandaranu, N. Pinardi and J. Westerink, 2013. Multiscale Modeling of Coastal, Shelf and Global Ocean Dynamics, Ocean Dynamics. 63:1341–1344. DOI: 10.1007/s10236-013-0655-8.
  •     De Dominicis M., S. Falchetti, F. Trotta, N. Pinardi, L. Giacomelli, E. Napolitano, L. Fazioli, R. Sorgente, P.J. Haley Jr., P.F.J. Lermusiaux, F. Martins and M. Cocco, 2014. A Relocatable Ocean Model in support of environmental emergencies - The Costa Concordia emergency case. Ocean Dynamics, 64, 5:667–688. DOI 10.1007/s10236-014-0705-x
  •     Duda, T.F., Y.-T. Lin, A.E. Newhall, K.R. Helfrich, W.G. Zhang, M. Badiey, P.F.J. Lermusiaux, J.A. Colosi, and J.F. Lynch, 2014. The “Integrated Ocean Dynamics and Acoustics” (IODA) Hybrid Modeling Effort, Proceedings of the international conference on Underwater Acoustics - 2014 (UA2014), 621-628.
  •     Lolla, T., P.F.J. Lermusiaux, M.P. Ueckermann and P.J. Haley, Jr., 2014a. Time-Optimal Path Planning in Dynamic Flows using Level Set Equations: Theory and Schemes. Ocean Dynamics. DOI: 10.1007/s10236-014-0757-y.
  •     Lolla, T., P.J. Haley, Jr. and P.F.J. Lermusiaux, 2014b. Time-Optimal Path Planning in Dynamic Flows using Level Set Equations: Realistic Applications. Ocean Dynamics. DOI: 10.1007/s10236-014-0760-3.
  •     Duda T.F., W.G. Zhang, K.R. Helfrich, A.E. Newhall, Y.-T. Lin, J.F. Lynch, P.F.J. Lermusiaux, P.J. Haley Jr., J. Wilkin, 2014. Issues and Progress in the Prediction of Ocean Submesoscale Features and Internal Waves. OCEANS'14 MTS/IEEE.
  •     Lermusiaux P.F.J, T. Lolla, P.J. Haley. Jr., K. Yigit, M.P. Ueckermann, T. Sondergaard and W.G. Leslie, 2015. Science of Autonomy: Time-Optimal Path Planning and Adaptive Sampling for Swarms of Ocean Vehicles. Chapter 11, Springer Handbook of Ocean Engineering: Autonomous Ocean Vehicles, Subsystems and Control, Tom Curtin (Ed.). In press.
  •     Subramani, D.N., Lolla, T., Haley, P.J. Jr. and Lermusiaux, P.F.J., 2015. A Stochastic Optimization Method for Energy-based Path Planning. Dynamic Data-driven Environmental Systems Science (DyDESS) Conference (Eds. Ravela, Sandu et al.), Lecture Notes In Computer Science, Springer, In press.
  •     Haley, P.J., Jr., A. Agarwal, P.F.J. Lermusiaux, 2015. Optimizing Velocities and Transports for Complex Coastal Regions and Archipelagos. Ocean Modeling. In press.
  •     Lolla, T. and P.F.J. Lermusiaux, 2015. A Forward Reachability Equation for Minimum-Time Path Planning in Strong Dynamic Flows. SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, sub-judice.
  •     Ueckermann, M.P. and P.F.J. Lermusiaux, 2015. Hybridizable Discontinuous Galerkin Projection Methods for Navier-Stokes and Boussinesq Equations. Journal of Computational Physics, sub-judice.
  •     Lolla T., P.J. Haley, Jr. and P.F.J. Lermusiaux, 2015. Path Planning in Complex Multiscale Ocean Flows: Coordination and Dynamic Obstacles, Ocean Modeling, sub-judice.