- Keywords: Generative adversarial networks, design under uncertainty, robust design optimization, aerodynamic design, optical metasurface
- TL;DR: We propose GAN-DUF, a framework that simultaneously learns a compact representation of nominal (ideal) designs and their "real-world" uncertainty due to manufacturing imperfection, enabling design optimization with uncertainty considerations.
- Abstract: Deep generative models have demonstrated effectiveness in learning compact and expressive design representations that significantly improve geometric design optimization. However, these models do not consider the uncertainty introduced by manufacturing or fabrication. Past work that quantifies such uncertainty often makes simplified assumptions on geometric variations, while the "real-world" uncertainty and its impact on design performance are difficult to quantify due to the high dimensionality. To address this issue, we propose a Generative Adversarial Network-based Design under Uncertainty Framework (GAN-DUF), which contains a deep generative model that simultaneously learns a compact representation of nominal (ideal) designs and the conditional distribution of fabricated designs given any nominal design. We demonstrated the framework on two real-world engineering design examples and showed its capability of finding the solution that possesses better performances after fabrication.