Welcome to CAMS
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.
 To maintain USC's position as an internationallyrecognized center in
several important and well defined areas of mathematics and its applications
 To be a muchneeded interface between the Department of Mathematics and
other USC departments and institutions outside USC.
 To serve as a catalyst in the development of stateoftheart
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 




Shanghua Teng


CAMS board member Shanghua Teng is awarded the 2015 Godel Prize for his work with Dan Spielman on nearlylineartime 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 multidimensional chemotaxis systems
We prove the globalintime 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 $(n_0n_\infty,c_0)$ 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, applicationbased 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.



