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CIC Seminar June 2017

Date: June 14, 2017

Time: 1pm to 2pm, followed by afternoon tea

Location: CLT Learning Space, Building 105, Room 107


Weapons of Maths Construction: how a combination of maths theory and algorithms conquers inequalities and constructs optimal solutions.


Prof. Song Wang

RSVP: Please register via Eventbrite at this link by COB Monday 12 June 2017



Prof. Wang will share his experience as a numerical analyst by showcasing some of the computationally hard problems in semiconductor device modelling, optimal feedback control and financial engineering. Using straightforward and conventional methods many of these problems fail to yield accurate numerical solutions with reasonable computational costs. Thus dedicated numerical models have to be designed for them, requiring the marriage of mathematical theory and computational techniques.
Prof. Wang will give a brief introduction to some of these custom methods such as penalty methods for differential variational inequalities and mesh-base/mesh-less methods for the discretisation of partial differential equations. Both theoretical and numerical results will be discussed.


Professor Song Wang received a B.Sc. from Wuhan University of Hydraulic and Electric Engineering, China, in 1982 and a Ph.D. in Numerical Analysis from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, in 1989. He worked with a Dublin-based hi-tech company -Tritech Ltd., The University of New South Wales, Curtin University of Technology and The University of Western Australia, before returning to Curtin University in July 2014 as Professor and Head of Department of Mathematics & Statistics. His research interests include numerical solution of PDEs, numerical optimization and optimal control, optimum design and computational finance. He has published many research papers in these areas and his early work on numerical solution of semiconductor device equations of the drift-diffusion model has been featured in a review paper and a book chapter published respectively in a top journal Reports on Progress in Physics and a volume of the prestigious book series Handbook of Numerical Analysis. He is currently on the editorial boards of several international journals.