David Cai(蔡申瓯)

David Cai

Chair Professor

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Brief Introduction

David Cai, Ph.D. He obtained his B.S. in 1984 from the Department of Physics, Peking University, and his Ph.D in 1994 from Northwest University in the United States. He was awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship in 2001 in U.S. He was appointed as a Chang Jiang Scholar in 2009 by the Chinese Ministry of Education. In 2010, he was appointed as a Chair Professor of Shanghai Jiao Tong University through the Thousand Talents Program in China. He has conducted research in Los Alamos National Laboratory, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and New York University, where he is a Professor of Mathematics and Neural Science at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and the Center for Neural Science. His research areas include applied mathematics, physics, biology and neuroscience. Recently, his research focuses on applied dynamical systems, applied stochastic processes, nonlinear dispersive waves and wave turbulence, equilibrium and non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, scientific computing and their applications in physics, biology, and neuroscience.

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Current Research Interests

Neuroscience — Modeling, Network Dynamics, Chaos, Kinetic Theories, and Numerical Methods

Selected Publications

Insect Olfactory Systems:

Primary Visual Cortex:

Chaos and Network Dynamics:

Numerical Methods:

Statistical Physics Approach to Network Dynamics:

Encoding and Decoding of Information:


Active Media

Nonlinear Dispersive Waves —Spatiotemporal Chaos, Wave Turbulence