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Department of Information and Computing Sciences


Peking University’s computational mathematics discipline was founded in 1955, one of the first established computational mathematics disciplines and the earliest computational mathematics Ph.D. programs in China. It was appraised in 1980s as one of the first national key disciplines and consecutively enlisted as a national key discipline in 2002, 2006 and 2012 by the Ministry of Education.

The research interests of this discipline mainly include: Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations, Scientific and Engineering Computing, Computable Modeling, Numerical Algorithms and Mathematical Theory of Complex Fluid and Complex Flows, Numerical Algebra, Stochastic Modeling and Simulation, Computational Optimization, Deep Learning and Reinforcement Learning, Modeling and Algorithms in Imaging & Data Science, Computational Biology, etc.

Since China’s reform and opening up to the world in late 1970s, a series of fundamental contributions have been made in various research fields by this discipline. More than twenty international and domestic honors/awards have been acquired, among which there are National Prize of Natural Science (twice), the Theodore von Kármán Prize by SIAM (Society for Industry and Applied Mathematics), the Su Buchin Prize by CSIAM (Chinese Society for Industry and Applied Mathematics), the Feng Kang Prize of Scientific Computing (fifth), and the Outstanding Young Scholar Award by the Qiu Shi Science and Technology Foundation.

We have an excellent faculty consisting of ten full professors, three associate professors, and five tenure-track assistant professors; all are in their prime of life and excel in expertise. Twelve faculty members are hosted by the School of Mathematical Sciences, and six are members of the Beijing International Center for Mathematical Research. Among the faculty, there are two academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, one Fellow of the World Academy of Sciences for the Advancement of Science in Developing Countries, two professors of the Recruitment Program of Global Experts of China, two chair professors of the Changjiang Scholar Program of the Ministry of Education, one professor of National High-level Personnel of Special Support Program, and seven recipients of the National Natural Science Fund for distinguished Young Scholars (four Class A & three Class B). They have become leading experts/youth top-notch experts in various directions of computational mathematics. Three of them were invited to speak at the International Congress of Mathematicians, and five were invited to speak at the International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics. In addition, more than eight members serve as editorial board members of international journals, and three serve as the current presidents of scientific societies in China.

Peking University’s computational mathematics discipline has fostered numerous talents, including the renowned Academician Xuan Wang and Academician Fuqing Yang from the early days, Profs. Jinchao Xu, Jie Shen, Linbo Zhang, Shi Jin,  Xiaochuan Cai, Tao Tang, Xiaoping Wang, Pingwen Zhang, Hongkai Zhao and many other globally recognized computational mathematicians, as well as Profs. Ruo Li, Tiejun Li, Weiying Zheng and many other distinguished young scholars of computational mathematics in recent 15 years.

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