Recommendation: Federal agencies should promote the dissemination of VVUQ materials and the offering of informative events for instructors and practitioners.

SUMMARY APPROACH

In summary, the committee has studied VVUQ as it applies to predictive science and engineering, with a focus on the mathematical foundations of VVUQ methodologies. It has identified key principles that it finds helpful and has identified best practices that it has observed in the application of VVUQ to difficult problems in computational science and engineering. It has identified research areas that promise to improve the mathematical foundations that undergird VVUQ processes. Finally, it has discussed changes in the education of professionals and dissemination of information that should enhance the ability of future VVUQ practitioners to improve and properly apply VVUQ methodologies to difficult problems, enhance the ability of VVUQ customers to understand VVUQ results and use them to make informed decisions, and enhance the ability of all VVUQ stakeholders to communicate with each other. The committee offers its observations and recommendations in the hope that they will help the VVUQ community as it continues to improve VVUQ processes and broaden their applications.



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