Raul Tempone


Director, KAUST Strategic Research Initiative, Uncertainty Quantification Center​

Professor of Applied Mathematics and Computational Science​​​​​​​​​


B1/L4 - 4109

Research Interests

Raul Tempone's research interests are in the mathematical foundation of computational science and engineering. More specifically, he has focused on a posteriori error approximation and related adaptive algorithms for numerical solutions of various differential equations, including ordinary differential equations, partial differential equations, and stochastic differential equations.

He is also interested in the development and analysis of efficient numerical methods for optimal control, uncertainty quantification and bayesian model calibration, validation and optimal experimental design. The areas of application he considers include, among others, engineering, chemistry, biology, physics as well as social science and computational finance.​

Selected Publications

  • J. Beck, F. Nobile, L. Tamellini, R. Tempone.  A quasi-optimal sparse grids procedure for groundwater flows. Spectral and High Order Methods for Partial Differential Equations - ICOSAHOM 2012. Selected papers from the ICOSAHOM conference June 25-29, 2012, Gammarth, Tunisia. Lecture Notes in Computational Science and Engineering Volume 95, pp. 1-16, 2014.​



  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Computational and Engineering Sciences (ICES), University of Texas at Austin, 2003–2005
  • Ph.D., Numerical Analysis, Royal Institute of Technology, 2002
  • Magister in Engineering Mathematics, Universidad de la Republica, Montevideo, Uruguay, 1999
  • Industrial and Mechanical Engineering, Universidad de la Republica, Montevideo, Uruguay, 1995

Professional Profile

  • Professor, CEMSE Division, 2015  to present
  • Associate Professor, CEMSE Division, 2009  to 2015​

Scientific and Professional Membership

SIAM, AMS, SIAM SIAG UQ Technical Director


  • First Dalhquist Research Fellowship, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, 2007–2008
  • Oden Faculty Research Fellow, Institute for Computational and Engineering Sciences (ICES), University of Texas at Austin, July 26–Sept. 8, 2007, and July 7–Aug. 13, 2006
  • Institute for Computational and Engineering Sciences (ICES) Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Texas, 2003–2005
  • Swedish Institute Research Fellow, 2006–2007
  • Student Scholarship, Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IMPA), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, funded by the National Counsel of Technological and Scientific Development (CNPq) of Brazil, summer 1992

KAUST Affiliations

Research Interests Keywords

Numerical analysis Mathematical Modeling Partial Differential Equations Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes Statistics