A Bayesian-Based Approach to Multifidelity Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Conference Paper uri icon


  • Design processes for complex systems often begin with low-fidelity models and progressively incorporate higher fidelity tools. Existing multifidelity optimization approaches generally attempt to calibrate low-fidelity models or replace low-fidelity analysis results using data from higher fidelity analyses. This paper proposes a fundamentally different approach that uses the tools of estimation theory to fuse together information from multifidelity analyses. This approach is combined with maximum entropy characterizations of model inadequacy and global sensitivity analysis for fidelity management, resulting in a Bayesian-based approach to mitigating risk in multifidelity multidisciplinary design optimization. The method is demonstrated on a wing-sizing problem for a high altitude, long endurance vehicle. 2010 by the authors. Published by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc.

name of conference

  • 13th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis Optimization Conference

published proceedings

  • 13th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis Optimization Conference

author list (cited authors)

  • Allaire, D., Willcox, K., & Toupet, O.

complete list of authors

  • Allaire, Douglas||Willcox, Karen||Toupet, Olivier

publication date

  • January 1, 2010 11:11 AM