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The history of the Department of Mathematics at NUS traces back to 1929, when science education began in Singapore with the opening of Raffles College with less than five students enrolled in mathematics. Today it is one of the largest departments in NUS, with about 70 faculty members and teaching staff. The Department offers a wide selection of courses (called modules) covering very broad areas of mathematical sciences with about 6,000 students enrolling in each semester. Apart from offering B.Sc. programmes in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Quantitative Finance, the Department also participates actively in major interdisciplinary programmes, including the double degree programme in Mathematics/Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, the double major programme in Mathematics and Economics. Another example of the Department's student centric educational philosophy is the Special Programme in Mathematics (SPM), which is specially designed for a select group of students who have a strong passion and aptitude for mathematics. The aim is to enable these students to build a solid foundation for a future career in mathematical research or state-of-the-art applications of mathematics in industry.

The Department is ranked among the best in Asia in mathematical research. It offers a diverse and vibrant programme in graduate studies, in fundamental and applied mathematics. In addition, it enhances the skills and knowledge of quantitative finance professionals through the MSc Programme in Quantitative Finance (MQF). The Department promotes interdisciplinary applications of mathematics in science, engineering and commerce. Faculty members' research covers all major areas of contemporary mathematics. For more information, please see research overview, selected publications, and faculty profile.

Oct 2014
The NUS Young Investigator Award (YIA) offers research-funding to highly-promising young faculty members who are likely to make significant contributions to the development of research at NUS. Dr Vincent Tan Yan Fu, who is jointly appointed at the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and the Department of Mathematics, has won the 2014 NUS YIA for his project "An Information-Theoretic Understanding of Machine Learning Algorithms", with the total project value of $497K.
The MOE Academic Research Fund (AcRF) Tier 2 funds significant research with a good potential for creating new knowledge that will benefit the larger academic community.
Three recent AcRF Tier 2 projects awarded to members of the Department are
- "Large Scale Convex Matrix Optimization: Theory, Algorithms, and Applications", led by Toh Kim Chuan and Sun Defeng, with total project value $740K
- "Quantitative Finance: Modeling, Mathematical and Statistical Issues", led by Dai Min and Steven Kou, with total project value $364K and
- "Graph-sparsification-based method for transcriptome cleanup", led by Zhang Louxin and Choi Kwok Pui, with total project value of $471K.


 Partial differential equations arising in light reflection and optimisation
Speaker: Wang Xujia
The Australian National University
Date: 15 Oct 2014 14:00
Venue: S17 #04-06 SR1


Other Current & Upcoming Talks

 Empirical Bayes Approaches for the Analysis Proteomics Data
Speaker: Changyu Shen
Date: 21 Oct 2014 14:00
Venue: S17 #04-06 SR1
 L-gerbes and L-groups for covering groups
Speaker: Martin Weissman
Date: 23 Oct 2014 15:30
Venue: S17 #04-01 Conference Room
 A sum operator leading to Poincare inequality
Speaker: Chua Seng Kee
Date: 24 Oct 2014 15:00
Venue: S17 #04-04 SR3
 Extinction Times in the Stochastic Logistic Epidemic
Speaker: Graham Brightwell
Date: 28 Oct 2014 11:00
Venue: S17 #05-11 SR5