IAS Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor: Guanrong Chen

June-August 2013

Guanrong Chen was born in Guangzhou, China in 1948. He was admitted by the graduate school of the Sun Yat-sen (Zhongshan) University at Guangzhou in 1978, where he graduated with the M.Sc. degree in computational mathematics in 1981. He then went on to the USA for higher education and received a PhD in applied mathematics from Texas A&M University in 1987. Thereafter he worked at Rice University as a visiting assistant professor in 1987-1990, at the University of Houston through tenure track to full professorship in 1990-1999, and then at City University of Hong Kong as a chair professor and the founding director of the Centre for Chaos and Complex Networks since 2000. Professor Chen was elected IEEE Fellow in 1996, for his fundamental contributions to the theory and application of chaos control and bifurcation analysis, and received an Honorary Doctorate of St. Petersburg State University in 2011. He has received numerous prestigious awards, including the 2011 Euler Gold Medal, conferred by the Euler Foundation of Russia, the 2008 National Natural Science Award of China (second prize, as the first awardee), and the 2010 Ho-Leung-Ho-Lee Scientific and Technological Progres Award. He has served as editor-in-chief for the International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos (since 2010), deputy editor-in-chief for the International Journal of Circuits Theory and Applications (2008-2009), and the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems.

During his visit to Bristol Professor Chen will be sharing his expertise in the controllability of complex networks and nonlinear control theory with the Bristol Centre for Complexity Sciences. Professor Chen's research interests include the design of control systems that act on the dynamics of real-world networks, including the evolution of their structure in order to achieve a given functionality or to optimise given performance metrics (such as capacity, stability or resilience). This is a pressing issue for the resolution of problems, such as reducing congestion in traffic or communication networks, and designing the power grids of the future.

Professor Chen will be giving two public lectures:

And a short course on Complex Networks aimed primarily at research students, 11-12 July 2013

For more information about Professor Chen's visit, please contact Professor Mario di Bernardo (m.dibernardo@bristol.ac.uk)