Mathematics honours Chinese academician
Swansea University’s Department of Mathematics has held a two day research workshop to celebrate the appointment of Professor Mu-Fa Chen of Beijing Normal University (BNU) to an Honorary Professorship in the Department.
Professor Chen, a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, is an internationally renowned mathematician and a world leader in several fields who has made seminal contributions to probability theory, especially in the area of Eigenvalue problems related to geometric analysis. His ‘coupling method’ is now an established tool in this area.
Professor Chen, a noted prize-winner, leads a research group which has been three-times named by the National Science Foundation of China as a ‘Creative Research Group’.
He is also the founder of an internationally respected research school where two members of Swansea Mathematics staff, received their training. One member, Professor Feng-Yu Wang, who is on leave from BNU, currently holds a Wales Institute of Mathematical and Computational Sciences (WIMCS) research professorship.
Swansea’s Department of Mathematics hosts one of the strongest probability groups in the UK. Its contribution to the UK’s status as a world leader in stochastic analysis has been recognised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s (EPSRC) report International Review of Mathematics Research in the UK.
The Department has close links with many leading Chinese Mathematics Departments, including BNU, hosting strong probability groups.
The Department is working towards further development of such links by establishing a formalised joint PhD programme, building upon existing individual student exchanges.
For more information on the Department of Mathematics at Swansea University visit www.maths.swansea.ac.uk/.