Location: Information Science Building, 3F-7F
Duration of study: 4 years
Start date: September
Language: English and Mandarin
The Department of Applied Mathematics at National Chung Hsing University was established in 1961 and was the first Applied Mathematics Department in Taiwan. Offering strong mathematics courses, library resources as well as plenty of computers and software for student use, graduates of this department have received accolades for their achievements. Departmental courses and research on applied analysis, applied statistics, applied mechanics, and development and applications of mathematical-statistical models, data science, and computer skills contribute to ongoing efforts to adapt to the changing needs of the industry. The Department of Applied Mathematics at NCHU ranks as the nation's best at integrating the use of computers and applied mathematics.
In addition to strengthening the overall understanding of fundamental mathematics and its applications, the department allows sophomores to choose, according to interest, between applied analysis, applied statistics, and applied dynamics as a major course of study. The department also has opened fundamental courses in information technology, mathematics, statistics, dynamics, that allow students to adapt to the computer and technology age. For those students that choose to focus on applied statistics, there is a heavy focus on computer mathematics training and developing statistical models. These are the information management and analytical tools needed to prepare the nation’s managers and leaders of the future. For students choosing an applied dynamics focus, we strengthen the students' fundamentals in mathematical engineering which some engineering departments lack. There are also courses designed to provide a deep understanding of engineering mechanics, mathematic models, and applying computer technology in solving difficult engineering problems. The department has also developed courses in computer drafting and design analysis.
Area of Research Focus
The research interests of the 33 faculty members in the Department of Applied Mathematics include the following:
Applied analysis: differential equations, numerical analysis, dynamic systems, functional analysis, discrete mathematics, and algebra;
Applied statistics: applications in ecology, finance, industry, and biostatistics
Applied mechanics: applications in structure, materials, fluid, solid, heat transfer, and composite materials;
Computational science: modeling science, computational mechanics, numerical partial differential equation and parallel computation;
Data science: machine learning, image processing, natural language processing, and artificial intelligence.
The Institute of Statistics aims to provide comprehensive training in both theoretical and applied statistics, including biostatistics, ecological statistics, financial statistics, industrial statistics computational statistics, machine learning, and big data. The Consulting Center provides technical services for enterprises based in central Taiwan that are seeking to promote the efficiency of their production lines.
Applied mathematics is a discipline devoted to the use of mathematical methods and reasoning to solve real-world problems in science or decision-making in a wide variety of subjects, principally (but not exclusively) in engineering, medicine, and physical and biological sciences. Applied mathematical modeling often involves the use of systems of differential equations to describe and predict the behavior of complex real-world systems that unfold dynamically over time. Broadly construed, statistics is the study of how to measure and respond to uncertainty. The goal of the programs is to help students to develop into independent scholars who are prepared for productive careers in research, teaching, and the industry.
The mathematics library holds over 10,000 volumes on all aspects of mathematics and statistics, including algebra, number theory, geometry, numerical analysis, mathematical statistics, probability, data science, and machine learning. Online resources are also available. In addition, the library provides access to over 1,000 international mathematical journals, and personal computers equipped with popular packages such as SAS, Python, MATLAB, and R are distributed within individual research offices for simulation studies and data analysis. A reading area is provided for independent study. Library hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Financial aid is available to undergraduate students belonging to underprivileged minorities. Students participating in a faculty member’s research project are eligible for research scholarships. In addition, the conferment of the Professor Kuo Jin-Bin Award and six other scholarships supported by various institutes are granted annually to students with excellent academic performance and to those in financial need.