Damon McDougall


I'm a postdoctoral research fellow at The University of Texas at Austin, in the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences. Specifically, I am part of the PECOS group.

If you'd like to see my CV you can go here.

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The Predictive Engineering and Computational Science (PECOS) group largely investigates uncertainty in large systems of nonlinear equations. One of our principal goals is to understand the effect of incorporating noisy observations into uncertain PDEs.

If you wish to contact me you can , or you can snail mail me:

Damon McDougall
Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences
201 E. 24th St.
Stop C0200
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712-1229

Research Interests

  • Data Assimilation
  • Computational Bayesian Inverse Problems
  • Computational PDEs
  • Markov chain Monte Carlo sampling
  • Uncertainty Quantification


Talks and Posters

You can click a talk or poster to see the slides. Some of the talks don't have slides.

Date Place Event Title
21/11/2008 University of Warwick AMSTAT Seminar A Bayesian tutorial for data assimilation
16/12/2008 University of Reading Reading/Warwick DA meeting Data assimilation for wave propagation problems
18/11/2009 University of Warwick Postgraduate Open Day Mathematics of climate change
04/12/2009 University of Warwick Reading/Warwick DA meeting Model error in wave propagation problems
09/06/2010 University of Warwick Postgraduate seminar Bayesian data asssimilation for a toy model
07/01/2011 University of Manchester SIAM UKIE Meeting Data assimilation for the transport equation
09/02/2011 University of Oxford 4th Annual Oxford SIAM Student Chapter Data assimilation for the transport equation
04/04/2011 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill GMA seminar MCMC and Lagrangian data assimilation
15/06/2011 University of Warwick Postgraduate seminar Monte Carlo sampling
18/07/2011 Vancouver Convention Centre ICIAM 2011 Data assimilation for the transport equation
30/09/2011 RENCI @ ITS Manning MCRN Annual Meeting Data assimilation for the transport equation
07/11/2011 RENCI @ ITS Manning DA Journal Club Monte Carlo sampling and Data Assimilation
15/11/2011 RENCI @ ITS Manning DA for IPCC Level Models CAM, DA and the IPCC
13/04/2013 Purdue University Workshop on Inverse Problems in Scattering and Imaging Uncertainty Quantification for Lagrangian Data Assimilation


I build a lot of scientific open source software. Here are some libraries for which I am a core developer:

  • matplotlib - plotting library written in Python
  • mpl_binutils - command-line utilities for quick matplotlib plots
  • QUESO - C++ library for doing uncertainty quantification
  • MASA - C++ library for verifying code that solves PDEs

I also have a GitHub profile should you wish to peruse some of my other open source contributions.

I hate that chime you hear when a Mac starts up. Here's an app I wrote that kills it:

  • Mount the .dmg;
  • Drag the app to your Applications folder;
  • Run the app;
  • I have no idea if this works on anything after OS X 10.6.