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National Center for Applied Mathematics of Shanghai unveiled at Pujiang Innovation Forum

By Wang Mengqi

Scientists gather to solve pressing mathematical problems underlying industrial innovations.

On October 22, as one of the 13 National Centers for Applied Mathematics approved earlier this year by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, National Center for Applied Mathematics of Shanghai was unveiled at Pujiang Innovation Forum, an annual meeting held by the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology and Shanghai's municipal government that brings together senior political leaders, academic and business elites worldwide. 

The unveiling ceremony is held at the forum

Gathering scientists from Fudan University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, East China Normal University and Tongji University and professionals from the private sector, the Center aims to solve, through industry-education cooperation, the most pressing and essential mathematical problems underlying integrated circuit, civil aviation, artificial intelligence, biomedicine, etc., and buttress the industry upgrade and socioeconomic development in Shanghai and Yangtze River Delta. In fact, the Center has already commenced research in integrated circuit and civil aviation.

Pujiang Innovation Forum this year also featured a sub-forum titled “Mathematics and Industrial Innovations” organized in the name of National Center for Applied Mathematics of Shanghai. During the panel discussion, scientists from universities and executives from tech enterprises contributed their expertise to the development of mathematics as a discipline and exchanged views on how mathematics can better solve practical problems in industries. “Industry and mathematics are different in their ways to express a problem. It is necessary to establish between the two a translation mechanism,” said Fudan professor Cheng Ji of mathematical sciences. 

Panelists exchange their ideas at the sub-forum

According to an official document released by Shanghai’s municipal government in March 2019, the city will press ahead with reforms to boost innovation in science and technology and strengthen its support for research institutes and firms engaged in innovation. The document also states that the city is expected to become a global hub of innovation by 2035. 

The website for National Center for Applied Mathematics of Shanghai:


Let’s meet the co-directors of National Center for Applied Mathematics of Shanghai


Li Jun from Fudan University

Li Jun is the Chief Professor at Shanghai Center for Mathematical Sciences and professor at School of Mathematical Sciences, Fudan University. He has made important contributions to algebraic geometry research, such as moduli space of vector bundles on surfaces, algebraic geometry definition of GW- invariants, degradation formula of GW- invariants, rational curves on K3 surfaces, etc.


Jin Shi from Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Jin Shi is the director of Institute of Natural Sciences, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. His research fields include computational fluid dynamics, hyperbolic conservation laws, kinetic equations, high frequency wave simulation, computational physics and computational methods for multiscale problems, and uncertainty quantification, etc.


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