Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Wang, Haifeng

Committee Member

Bian, Linkan

Committee Member

Tajik, Nazanin

Committee Member

Marufuzzaman, Mohammad

Date of Degree


Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access


Industrial and Systems Engineering

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering


Obtaining ground-truth label information from real-world data along with uncertainty quantification can be challenging or even infeasible. In the absence of labeled data for a certain task, unsupervised domain adaptation (UDA) techniques have shown great accomplishment by learning transferable knowledge from labeled source domain data and adapting it to unlabeled target domain data, yet uncertainties are still a big concern under domain shifts. Distributionally robust learning (DRL) is emerging as a high-potential technique for building reliable learning systems that are robust to distribution shifts. In this research, a distributionally robust unsupervised domain adaptation (DRUDA) method is proposed to enhance the machine learning model generalization ability under input space perturbations. The DRL-based UDA learning scheme is formulated as a min-max optimization problem by optimizing worst-case perturbations of the training source data. Our Wasserstein distributionally robust framework can reduce the shifts in the joint distributions across domains. The proposed DRUDA method has been tested on various benchmark datasets. In addition, a gradient mapping-guided explainable network (GMGENet) is proposed to analyze 3D medical images for extracapsular extension (ECE) identification. DRUDA-enhanced GMGENet is evaluated, and experimental results demonstrate that the proposed DRUDA improves transfer performance on target domains for the 3D image analysis task successfully. This research enhances the understanding of distributionally robust optimization in domain adaptation and is expected to advance the current unsupervised machine learning techniques.