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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.
  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.

Anand Kumar Narayanan Ibrahim Ekren Sushmita Allam Wan-Jung Kuo Yang Huang
Computer Science Mathematics Biomedical Engineering Physics Mathematics
2014 2014 2013 2012 2012
News Events
Shang-Hua Teng
Member of the CAMS Board receives a five year, $500,000 Simons Investigator award from the Simons Foundations.
Summer 2014 Thursday, July 24, 2014
Shang-Hua Teng receives a prestigious Simons Foundation Award

The 2014 CAMS Prize Winners

Summer 2014 Tuesday, May 27, 2014
plus the selection committee

Michael Waterman
Member of the CAMS Board is elected Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2014.
Spring 2014 Thursday, January 23, 2014
Member of the CAMS Board is elected Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2014.
Past Colloquium
Thanasis Fokas Cambridge University Thursday, May 08 Boundary Value Problems and Medical Imaging

In the late 60s a new area emerged in mathematical physics known as "Integrable Systems". Ideas and techniques of "Integrability" have had a significant impact in several areas of mathematics, science and engineering, from the proof of the Schottky problem in algebraic geometry, to optical communications. In this lecture, two such implications will be reviewed: (a) A novel method for analysing boundary value problems, which unifies...

Past Colloquium
Alexander Lipton Bank of America Monday, April 21 Three-dimensional Brownian motion and its applications to CVA and trading

Past Colloquium
Lisa Fauci Tulane Wednesday, April 16 Explorations in biofluids: a tale of two tails

In the past decade, the study of the fluid dynamics of swimming organisms has flourished. With the possibility of using fabricated robotic micro swimmers for drug delivery, or harnessing the power of natural microorganisms to transport loads, the need for a full description of flow properties is evident. At a larger scale, the swimming of a simple vertebrate, the lamprey, can shed light on the coupling of neural signals to muscle...

Past Colloquium
Kevin Zumbrun Indiana University Monday, March 31 Nonlinear modulation of spatially periodic waves

Periodic waves are important features of solutions of nonlinear evolution systems in such varied contexts as optics, hydrodynamics, and reaction diffusion.
A formal description of their behavior under perturbation is given by WKB expansion in terms of modulations in phase and local waveform, as pioneered by Whitham, Howard-Kopell, and Serre in various contexts. The Whitham modulation equations take the form, to lowest order,...