The Ninth Summer school on sensitivity analysis has been organised by the Joint Research Centre and the University of Naples Federico II. The school has been held in Capri Island at the Congress Centre of the University of Naples.
The school was attended by 28 students coming from Europe and 2 from the US. The large majority of the participants were Ph.D. students carrying out their research in a variety of fields of science and aiming at using sensitivity analysis for the assessing the quality of their models.
The school’s objective was to provide the students with the basic instruments to carry out sensitivity analyses of simulation models. Theoretical lectures and practicum sessions were offered covering methods, applications, exercises and hands-on. Several tips and tricks for appropriately conducting sensitivity analysis were given.
The scientific program included: introduction to SA and overview of techniques, sensitivity analysis vs. sensitivity auditing, graphical methods, high dimensional model representations, polynomial chaos expansions, derivative-based measures, variance-based and screening methods, moment independent methods, sensitivity analysis with given data, sensitivity measures for correlated inputs, metamodelling with smoothing techniques, metamodelling with gaussian processes, practicum with Simlab/Matlab, exercises for students, sensitivity analysis for spatial and time-dependent input, round table with selected case studies from students.
The instructors were: Andrea Saltelli (University Autonoma de Barcelona - University of Bergen), William Becker (JRC), Stefano Tarantola (JRC), Biagio Ciuffo (JRC), Ricardo Bolado (JRC), Rossana Rosati (JRC), Daniel Albrecht (JRC), Vincenzo Punzo (University of Naples), Elmar Plischke (Clausthal University), Thierry Mara (University of La Reunion), Sergei Kucherenko (Imperial College London).
Students were engaged during the school and asked many questions to the lecturers creating an interactive atmosphere with them. Three students had the possibility to present their research and the lecturers could comment and provide recommendations for the continuation of their work.