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The Center for Applied Mathematical Sciences is an organized research unit based in the Department of Mathematics at USC. The purpose of CAMS is to foster research and graduate education in Mathematics in a broad sense and in an interdisciplinary mode. One goal of the center's participants is to facilitate and encourage the development of applicable mathematics and its utilization in problems in engineering and the sciences.

The mission of the Center is threefold.
  1. To maintain USC's position as an internationally-recognized center in several important and well defined areas of mathematics and its applications
  2. To be a much-needed interface between the Department of Mathematics and other USC departments and institutions outside USC.
  3. To serve as a catalyst in the development of state-of-the-art activities in applicable mathematics at USC.

CAMS Prize Winners

Winners of the CAMS Graduate Student Prize for Excellence in Research with a Substantial Mathematical Component.

Sunav Choudhary Zemin Zheng Anand Kumar Narayanan Ibrahim Ekren Sushmita Allam
Electrical Engineering Mathematics Computer Science Mathematics Biomedical Engineering
2015 2015 2014 2014 2013
News Events
Shanghua Teng
CAMS board member Shanghua Teng is awarded the 2015 Godel Prize for his work with Dan Spielman on nearly-linear-time Laplacian solvers.
Summer 2015 Friday, May 29, 2015
is awarded the 2015 Godel Prize

Michael Waterman's speech accepting the 2015 Dan David Award in Tel Aviv.
I will address the time dimension and begin with a question: Why was biology so late developing as a science? The ancients had their various explanations for why rocks are immobile while rabbits dash about. Aristotle, as he did with everything, devised a hierarchical classification of living creatures with 11 levels, but biology remained largely a descriptive science, even after Darwin. In 1944 Schrödinger asked “What Is Life?” While many of his ideas were not correct, the book was inspirational and some adventurous physicists took up biology. With Watson and Crick, genes left their existence as an abstraction and became written in DNA. An answer to my question of why biology was late in development is that we needed chemistry and physics as well as computer science and biotechnology. The biology revolution could not have happened much earlier than it did, and we are just getting started.

----Michael Waterman

Summer 2015 Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Fengzhu Sun
CAMS member Fengzhu Sun is selected a fellow of the American Statistical Association in April 2015.
Spring 2015 Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Is selected a fellow of the American Statistical Association.
Past Colloquium
Grace Wahba University of Wisconsin Monday, May 04 Learning Genetic Risk Models Using Distance Covariance

We extend an approach suggested by Li, Zhong and Zhu (2012) to use distance covariance (DCOV) as a variable selection method by providing the DCOV Variable Selection Theorem, which gives a principled stopping rule for a greedy variable selection algorithm. We apply the resulting DCOV Variable Selection Method in two genetic based classification problems with small sample size and large vectors of gene expression data.

The first...

Past Colloquium
Anthony Suen Hong Kong Institute of Education Monday, April 27 Existence of intermediate weak solution to the equations of multi-dimensional chemotaxis systems

We prove the global-in-time existence of intermediate weak solutions of the equations of chemotaxis system in a bounded domain of $\mathbb{R}^2$ or $\mathbb{R}^3$ with initial chemical concentration small in $H^1$. No smallness assumption is imposed on the initial cell density which is in $L^2$. We first show that when the initial chemical concentration $c_0$ is small only in $H^1$ and $(n_0-n_\infty,c_0)$ is smooth, the classical...

Past Colloquium
Yuri Tschinkel Director of the MPS Division of the Simons Foundation and Professor at the Courant Institute Wednesday, April 15 Simons Foundation Discussion

The Simons Foundation Division for Mathematics and the Physical Sciences (MPS) seeks to extend the frontiers of basic research. The Division’s primary focus is on mathematics, theoretical physics and theoretical computer science. The division awards grants primarily through competitive, open, application-based procedures.

Past Colloquium
Yuri Tschinkel Director of the MPS Division of the Simons Foundation and Professor at the Courant Institute Wednesday, April 15 Geometry of Numbers

I will discuss Minkowski's geometric ideas and their modern incarnations.