International Conference on New Directions In Dynamics of Evolution Equations

Hunan University December 17-20, Hunan University, Changsha, P.R. China

New Directions In Dynamics of Evolution Equations
An International Conference In Honor of Professor Shui-Nee Chow

by Kening Lu, Michigan State University (USA) and
Xingfu Zou, Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada)

Communicated by Meirong Zhang, Tsinghua University (China)

An international conference "New Directions In Dynamics of Evolution Equations" was held in December 17-20, 2003, at Hunan University, Changsha, Hunan, People's Republic of China. This conference was in honor of professor Shui-Nee Chow of Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, on the occasion of his 60th birthday, for his scientific achievements and leadership in dynamical systems and nonlinear analysis (see below for a brief CV of Dr. Shui-Nee Chow). The conference is the fourth international conference in honoring Professor Chow's 60th birthday. The other three were the ``5th Americas Conference on Differential Equations and Nonlinear Analysis" held in Edmonton, Canada, July 7-12, 2002, the ``International Conference on Bifurcation and Chaos" held in Kunming, China, August 13-17, 2002, and the ``International Workshop on Dynamical Systems and its Applications to Biology" held in Hsinchu, Taiwan, November 24-27, 2003.

The Hunan conference was aimed at (i) acknowledging Professor Chow's consistent and dedicated help and support to Chinese mathematicians in these and related areas; (ii) providing a forum on future directions of dynamics and evolution equations among experts with different expertise, from different regions and belonging to different age groups. There were 87 registered participants from 5 countries, 40 of whom were invited speakers lecturing on a wide range of topis in these areas. A poster session was organized and was especially welcomed by the graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and young faculty members. The short panel discussion session on the last day of the conference was particularly well received, during which, experts such as Peter Bates, Shui-Nee Chow, Jifa Jiang, Tibor Krizstin, Yiming Long, Yoshihisa Morita, James Muldowney, and George Sell either provided some very helpful and valuable comments and suggestions on research to the young researchers or contributed some very interesting and challenging problems.

The conference was supported by Hunan University, the National Natural Sciences Foundation of China, and the Ministry of Education of China.

Brief Curriculum Vitae
Dr. Shui-Nee Chow

Dr. Shui-Nee Chow at the Changsha Conference
Dr. Shui-Nee Chow at the Changsha Conference.

Shui-Nee Chow, born on July 13, 1943 in Shanghai, China, is currently a professor at the School of Mathematics, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA. He received his B.Sc. in Mathematics in 1965 from the University of Singapore and his Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1970 from the University of Maryland, USA.

Shui-Nee Chow has worked as a professor at several universities, in particular at Michigan State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the National University of Singapore. He was a Distinguished professor at Michigan State University (1987-1991), Director of the Center for Dynamical Systems and Nonlinear Studies at Georgia Tech (1988-1989), Director/Chair of the School of Mathematics at Georgia Tech (1989-1998), Head of the Department of Computational Science and Deputy Director of Research at the National University of Singapore (1998-1999), Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at the National University of Singapore (1999-2001), and Acting Director of the Logistic Institute Asian Pacific in Singapore (2001). To date, he has supervised 31 Ph.D. students and published more than 130 papers in refereed mathematical and non-mathematical journals.

Shui-Nee Chow has served on many committees, for example, he was panel member for the Presidential Young Investigator Award (1988), National Advisory Committee, NSF (1989, 1990, 1991), NSF Young Investigator Award (1993), AMS-SIAM Committee on Applied Mathematics (1994/97), and he acted as Chair of SIAM Activity Group in Dynamical Systems (1997-99).

Current fields of interest

Differential Equations and Nonlinear Dynamics.

Books and Edited Proceedings

  • Methods of Bifurcation Theory (with Jack K. Hale), Grundlehren 251, Springer-Verlag, 1982, 515 pages.
  • Dynamics of Infinite Dimensional Systems (edited with Jack Hale), NATO ASI Series F, Vol. 37, Springer-Verlag, 1987, 528 pages.
  • Normal Forms and Bifurcation of Planar Vector Fields (with C. Li and D. Wang), Cambridge University Press, 1994, 472 pages.
  • Differential Equations and Applications, Proceedings of the US-Chinese Conference held in Hangzhou, June 24-29, 1996 (edited with P. W. Bates, K. Lu and X. Pan), International Press, Cambridge, MA, 1996, 363 pages.
  • Bifurcation Theory and its Numerical Analysis, Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference held in Xi'an, June 26-July 3, 1998 (edited with Zhangxin Chen and Kaitai Li), Springer-Verlag, Singapore, 1999, 227 pages.

Honors, Awards, or Recognitions

Distinguished Professor in Mathematics, Michigan State University.
Honorary Professor of Peking University, Fudan University, Yunnan University, Zhejiang University, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Sichuan University.
National Technology Award, Singapore, 2001.

Editorial Work

Co-Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Differential Equations.
Member of Editorial Board of the following journals:
  • Dynamics Reported
  • Dynamics and Differential Equations
  • Dynamic Systems and Applications
  • International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos
  • Differential Equations and Dynamical Systems
  • Discrete and Continuous Dynamic Systems
  • Dynamics of Continuous Discrete and Impulse Systems
  • Taiwanese Journal of Mathematics
  • International Journal of Differential Equations and Applications
  • International Journal of Computational Engineering Science
  • Annals of Differential Equations
  • Advanced Nonlinear Studies


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